The Oriental Lobby
First impressions of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai lobby are rooted in the local culture and guests walking in are greeted by a full-size antique pagoda, carved in African rosewood and encapsulated in a palatial space that feels like an art gallery. The walls are adorned with original art pieces and a wander around the lobby reveals priceless artefacts such as a jade Guayin Buddha and a portrait of Chairman Mao by famed artist Chen Yifei.
The calligraphy written above the main entrance of the hotel is the famous 1,000-character Chinese poem, written by a Tang Dynasty monk named Huai Su around 1,200 years ago. The essay has become one of the most popular literacy texts in China. Guests and the public can borrow iPod nanos pre-loaded with information on the artworks in English and Mandarin and learn about the Feng Shui elements incorporated into the hotel. This complimentary tour is the first of its kind in cosmopolitan Shanghai, where the antiquities are offset by dazzling modernity.