A garden dedicated to roses is a must at a French Luxury Country House Hotel. Le Passage is no exception. In May, our rose garden bursts into life. It is a riot of colour: pinks, corals, reds and home to over 12,000 different bushes of 20 varieties. One of our aims is to encourage a renaissance of antique roses and from May to November you can enjoy the roses in bloom. Those with a passion for roses are welcome to pick bunches during their stay and every female guest will be given a bouquet of freshly cut roses on departure.
“Wine is born from the vine, not from artificial skills of re-creation in the winery. It is sufficient to start modestly by working the soil” is the view of Francois Chidaine, whose vineyards produce our wine of the month from Montlouis AOC, Clos du Breuil - 2007. Across the Loire, it is Vouvray’s little brother, smaller in size and reputation. For lovers of white wine, we think you will be keeping this little estate of only 16 hectares as one of your best-kept secrets.
“葡萄酒的质量取决于葡萄树本身，而不是人工技术的再创造。这足以说明酿酒必须从严格的土挑选开始。”Francoise Chidaine说道。而本月精选的葡萄酒Clos du Breuil - 2007，正是产于法定产区蒙路易（Montlouis）的Francois Chidaine葡萄园。纵观整个卢瓦尔河谷，蒙露易（Montlouis）与武弗雷（Vouvray）很相似，但其规模和声誉相比之下略不及后者。对于喜爱白葡萄酒的人来说，我们相信这小小的16公顷的庄园所出产的葡萄酒将让您难以忘怀。
Macaroons – that quintessential French delicacy is also one of our favourites. Our Rose Macaroons are a subtle and sophisticated light pink color. They are filled with either rose petal jam or a delicate blend of rose cream and crème fraiche. The finishing touch is a candied rose petal from our very own rose garden.
Moganshan is a cyclist’s paradise featuring steep hillside ascents to off road bamboo paths. Christophe inspired many to take up cycling after his own 12,000 km bike trip across China in 2003. Be warned. If you stay at Le Passage, Christophe might invite you on one of his favourite trips. There is no excuse for not joining as bicycles are readily available for hire!
One of the most fascinating transformations in nature is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. The Asian swallow tail is just one species that can be found throughout China. Lovely blue dots on the bottom of their wings contrast wonderfully with their overall muted yellow and charcoal colour. Wherever you are in Moganshan, you are likely to catch a glimpse of brightly coloured butterflies as they flit and fly around.
Saturday June 1st is Children’s Day. What better way to celebrate than with the inaugural Le Passage Mohkan Shan Children’s Swimming Cup. The weather will be warm so you can cheer from the sidelines while little darlings can show off their sporting prowess. There will be cups for winners and prizes for everyone. What better way to use Le Passage Mohkan Shan’s pride and joy – the spring-water pool.
Roses have been growing in China for more than 1,000 years. It was in the late 1700s and early 1800s that European botanists travelled to China discovering roses that bloom year-round. The Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais - the first wife of Napoléon Bonaparte financed many plant collecting trips to China. She is responsible for creating the first rose garden as we know it today, at Malmaison, France between 1799 – 1814. On her death it was home to more than 250 rose varieties. These Chinese roses were bred into many varieties which include Bourbons, Noisettes, and Polyanthus.
玫瑰在中国的培育历史已经有一千多年。欧洲的植物学家在18世纪末19世纪初来到中国，发现了可以常年开放的玫瑰花。拿破仑的第一任妻子Joséphine de Beauharnais资助了许多植物学家前往中国收集花种。她在1799年至1814年间于法国的马迈松建立了众人所知的第一座玫瑰园。在她逝世之后，她的花园中已经有了超过250种不同的玫瑰。这些中国玫瑰现已培育出许多新的品种，包括波旁蔷薇、诺伊斯氏蔷薇和多花蔷薇。
The beautiful wood craftsmanship throughout Le Passage is the work of master craftsman Yang Guiqiang and his team. Mr. Yang hails from Nantong which is known for its rich carpentry heritage. This expertise was critical in the building design. An integral design element at Le Passage, the floors, beams, and even window frames use salvaged wood from houses built in the early 20th century in Northeast China. Truly a master craftsman, Master Yang has over 40 years of experience in carpentry and started his apprenticeship at the age of 16. After a long day at work, Master Yang relaxes with a glass of huangjiu (rice wine).
“In the past few years Moganshan has become a luxury destination for green hotels, but it seemed to be just about following a pattern with no consistency, that is, until Le Passage Mohkan Shan opened. The feeling of elegant Moganshan hospitality has arrived once more.”
- 《尚流》 (Tatler)
“Would you like to experience the ultimate in Moganshan French country lifestyle? French native Christophe Peres and his wife personally oversaw the construction of China’s first French Luxury Country House Hotel nestled in a tea plantation. Each piece of furniture and every decorative detail perfectly captures the essence of the French countryside style. With outstanding sustainable practices, guests can enjoy the ultimate in luxury.”
- 《世界服装之苑》 (Elle)
“A seaside view is certainly romantic, but is nothing compared to the elegance of a country house hotel in the mountains. The rooms have that luxurious southern French countryside charm. In the morning open your window and see the clouds float by, take in the fresh scent of the rose garden, and view the lush green of the tea fields.”
- 《东方早报》 (Oriental Morning Post)
“The hotel’s interior design is a combination of east-meet-west: exuding a charming mountain country house hotel feeling while at the same time carrying the spirit of the Jiangnan countryside. Stone walls on the outside with grey and white walls on the inside, it is a mix of new and old. Feeling like you’ve travelled back in time, it’s quite fun and interesting.”
- 《绅士生活》 (Senselife)