Located on the historical Shamian Island, overlooking the famed Pearl River and facing the White Swan Pool, the White Swan Hotel remains an oasis of tranquility from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. The main building has the height of 34 storeys.The exquisitely beautiful Atrium lobby is an indoor microcosm of the famed landscapes of Southern China. Here waters abound, with a veil-like cascade and a spectacular rockery. Atop the rockery sits an elegant Chinese pavilion, octagon-shaped, with its richly ornate gold top, and a profusion of luxuriant vegetation and flowers.
Restaurants offering a wonderful variety of Chinese and Western food spread over the public areas from the first floor to the third floor. The Jade River Restaurant, with its exquisite garden decor, is famed for its high standard Cantonese cuisine. The multi-function Banquet Hall International, which can accommodate a maximum of 600 people, is equipped with sound and recording facilities as well as simultaneous translation equipment. This is the ideal venue for international conferences, meetings, receptions and exhibitions. The Coffee Shop and the Grill Room serve excellent Western cuisine in an elegant ambience with river view. The Provincial Restaurant is specialized in the regional cuisine of Beijing, Sichuan and Shanghai. A Japanese Restaurant offers ethnic Japanese food, reminiscent of the traditional tastes of Kyoto. The Wanfu Pleasure Boat provides the best chance to enjoy the beautiful scene of the Pearl River.
On February 6th, 1983, the White Swan Hotel opened to the public and began operation. Three years later, it was accepted as the member by the "Leading Hotels of the World " for its excellent management and service. The Hotel was awarded one of the first five-star hotels in China in 1990. It was selected as one of "A Hundred First-Class and Fifty Best Star Hotels of China" by National Tourism Administration of China in 1996. It has received over 40 heads of states and governments including the British Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush of the United States.