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Ditty Liu 
Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
3 Xing An Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District
Guangzhou 510623
China
Telephone: +86 20 3813 6688 ext. 8315
Direct Line: +86 20 3813 6827
Fax: +86-20-3813 6698
Email: ditty.liu@ritzcarlton.com

GUANGZHOU, CHINA—August 18, 2016— The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou and Bee Panda Honey, the partner of Shan Shui Conservation Center, jointly present Bee Panda Afternoon Tea at The Pearl Lounge, introducing a new and meaningful eco-friendly lifestyle concept and laced traditional afternoon tea with a new twist. Wine enthusiasts can also indulge in specialty honey flavored cocktails in The Churchill Bar.

The hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Calvin Sia and his innovative pastry team crafted a menu featuring intriguing pastries made with pure Forest Honey, sourced from Southwest China where pandas live. Our brilliant chef uses honey to enhance the natural flavors of Ricotta Cheese with Baked Bread, Blueberry Honey Crumble Cake and Cranberry Scone with Honey Cream. This bespoke menu is uniquely served in four different tailor-made themed tea wares: Prosperous Tree, Exquisite Closet, Chinese Elegant Screen and Modern Tiered Stand, accompanied by three specially concocted honey cocktails from The Churchill Bar: Yuan Yang, Butterfly and Honey Paloma, which are infused with a natural sweet fragrance.

The Panda Forest Honey, stored in beehives for the entire four seasons in the deep  mountains, brings a natural and raw taste of the forests. A total of 194 types of seasonal wildflowers in ravines serves as the source of the honey, which is harvested only once a year. Ten percent of the honey's sales go to the rehabilitation of the panda habitats, in support of the local community management. Chinese bees, a native bee species that foraging nectar from native flowers in the forests, are smaller and more active in low temperatures. Chinese bees are critical to maintaining a balanced environment for local floras in the forest.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou is always committed to environmental sustainability initiatives. We hope to offer urban residents high-quality delicacies and drive social awareness through Bee Panda themed events. Knowing the story of how the busy little bees have turned into pandas’ guardian angels can encourage more people to support ecological protection efforts,” said the hotel’s General Manager, Mr. Matthias Vogt.

Bee Panda Afternoon Tea
Date: August 18th –October 31th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Pearl Lounge
Price: RMB 268* for one person; RMB 388* for two persons.

Bee Panda Cocktail Indulgence
Date: August 18th –October 31th, 2016
Time: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Venue: The Churchill Bar
Price: RMB 188* per glass

*All prices are subject to 15% service charge. Advance booking is required. For reservations or more information, please call (86 20)3813 6888 or email us at restaurant.reservation@ritzcarlton.com.

Bee Panda Honey

Bee Panda is produced by Chinese bees, a native bee species that spreads pollens of native flowers in forests with zero pollution. Ten percent of the honey's sales go to the rehabilitation of the panda habitats, in support of the community in Natural Resources Protection and Management, Livelihood Development and Public Affairs Management. The project highlights the principles of ecological justice in China, which aims to ensure forest keepers ample sources of income, and make the panda's natural home more sustainable and well protected.