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Lobby Art Tour

Powered by Apple, the hotel lends iPod nano pre-loaded with information in English & Mandarin featuring key information on the artworks on display around the Lobby of the Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai. The complimentary Lobby Art Tour which is open to the public also explains the Feng Shui elements on the design of the hotel. Please look for the Guest Relations Officer who will assist you in lending the Apple Ipod nano for the complimentary Lobby Art Tour.

The Lobby Art Tour program of the Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai is the first of its kind in China and is aligned with Jumeirah's STAY DIFFERENT™ promise to our guests to honor the distinctiveness of each property and its location while we deliver exhilarating environments that are alive with relevant cultural connections and new discoveries. One way we do this is by offering guests a glimpse into local cultures, people and ideas through the portal of art. Our valued relationships with the cultural community provides benefits and a sense of adventurous discovery for our guests in innovative ways that other hotels cannot. 

Feng Shui

Feng shui is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (and making all the elements drive more success to your life). One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is the principle of the five elements, which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. These feng shui elements interact in order to give positive qi and in the best alignment will make things easy for anyone to achieve success, luck and happiness. The Feng Shui principles have been implemented through the entire Himalayas Center & the Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai Hotel to ensure the success of the meetings in the function rooms here in the hotel as well as positive qi to make sure the Feng Shui elements are working to ensure peaceful sleep for all our guests. The Grand Ballroom has lucky clouds to make sure the meetings are a complete success.

Dragon Boat

This dragon boat is made from African Rosewood. It took two years to make this dragon boat by hand. Dragons are very famous in China because Dragons symbolize power, strength, and good luck. The dragon boat boasts three famous pavilions of China – Teng Wang Pavilion, Peng Lai Pavilion & Yue Yang Pavilion which represents the good will of the Chinese in pursuing higher achievement in life. It also delivers the good wishes to all our guests for a smooth & successful life. For Feng Shui, this dragon boat represents a spirit wall which will protect the hotel from negative energy and keep the positive energy & good Feng Shui.

Pagoda and Four Pillars

Carved in rosewood, this pagoda dates back to the Qing Dynasty which is over 300 years old and is from Shen Zhou, Zhejiang. The pagoda is used as a stage for live performances nowadays with a live band and a live Belly Dancer performance every Friday & Saturday evening, a live jazz band every Wednesday and Thursday. Please check the concierge for the exact entertainment schedule.

The four pillars outlining the space of lobby lounge represent the four different seasons. The arrangement of the four seasons and their four associated elements is: Spring with Wood; Summer with Fire; Autumn with Metal; Winter with Water which connects to the Feng Shui elements of the hotel. Earth, the fifth element acts as an interstice at the end of each season and is thus represented four times throughout the year.

1,000 character

The lighted calligraphy on the upper wall of the Lobby is the 1,000-character Chinese poem written by a Tang Dynasty monk named Huai Su 1,200 years ago. Legend has it that the Thousand Character Classic was commissioned by Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty for the purpose of educating his son and composed by Zhou Xingsi about 1,500 years ago. Zhou Xingsi reshuffled one thousand non-redundant characters from the calligraphy of Wang Xizhi into a rhymed text. Ever since, the essay has become one of the most popular literacy texts in China. The essay consists of 250 phrases of four characters each, as a whole, the essay can be divided into four parts. The first part outlines cultural evolution. The second part is personal upbringing and moral virtues, mostly of the Confucian tradition. The third part surveys the administrative affairs of the noble classes and the vast territory of the empire. The last part, the longest also, narrates the life of the common people and the technical skills of craftsmen. The beginning of the essay is above the main entrance of the hotel and goes around counterclockwise when read.

Chinese Carved Lacquerware

Beijing-carved lacquer ware is particularly known for its exquisiteness, elegance and sense of majesty.

This piece of carved lacquer adopted deep-relief engraving & hollow-out technique. It is careful to be carved longevity god, crane and pine trees in the gourd shape plate. All these elements imply longevity and good health.

One authentic piece of carved lacquer ware usually takes between six and eight months to finish. Several to hundreds of layers of lacquer are painted onto a wooden or bronze mold. The lacquer should be between fifteen to twenty-five millimeters thick. The lacquer ware is finished once it has been polished over with another layer of protective lacquer. Beijing carved lacquer ware is particularly known for its exquisiteness, elegance and sense of majesty.

Portrait of President Mao

By Chen Yifei  Lived through 1946 to 2005 

Chen Yifei became one of the leading Chinese painters in the 1960 and 70s, when he painted huge portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong and depicted the grand heroic events of modern China.  Chen’s experimental exploration in the realm of oil painting featuring subject matters of Chinese society could be traced back to as early as the 1980s and earned him great reputation as well as international success.  

Ruyi Kwan Yin - White Jade

Size: H 52cm. Material: White Jade. Collector: Liu Zhiwei

Kwan Yin, commonly known as bodhisattva, in English as the Goddess of Mercy, is the synonymous with the pinnacle of mercy and compassion in Chinese Buddhism.  Seated with the right hand gesturing Fearless and the left hand holding a Ruyi, the white jade Kwan Yin is nicely casted, epitomizing the blessing from heaven. 

Amitayus Buddha

By Pan Tianshou, Lived through 1897 to 1971

Pan Tianshou is one of the most notable painters of the 20th Century. Take this Amitayus Buddha for example: the exquisiteness and subtleties are the best proof of his meticulous attention to details.
Moreover, from the calligraphy of the painting, the influence of his teacher Wu Changshuo upon him and his deep respect to Wu can be perceived.

* The work is collected by Mr. Zhang Zhenyu.

Snowy Waves and Green Mountains

By Xie Zhiliu, Lived through 1910 to 1997

The portrayal of waves under the grand mountains is rare to be seen in Xie Zhiliu’s landscape painting. The subtleties and strength hereby epitomized in the work makes it highly unique among Xie’s works.

Human Figures (four screens)

By Ren Bonian, Lived through 1840 to 1896

Xu Beihong, one of the most prominent figures in modern Chinese art history, used to acclaim Ren Bonian as "one of a kind in the past five hundred years". Ren was only 28-year-old when creating Three Chivalrous Travelers, but the sophistication epitomized in the painting was impressive.

Portrait of Lee with Iron Crutch

By Qi Baishi, Lived through 1864 to 1957

Iron-Crutch Li is said to be the most ancient and popular of the Eight Immortals of the Taoist pantheon, was a much liked figure in Chinese folk stories. He walks with the aid of an iron crutch and often has a gourd slung over his shoulder or held in his hand. He often is depicted as a clown  figure who descends to earth in the form of a beggar who uses his power to fight for the oppressed and needy. By vividly representing his adorable clumsiness, the work is considered as one of the best portraits by Qi Baishi.

Qi was an influential Chinese painter. He is perhaps the most noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolor works. The subjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, toys, vegetables, and so on. He theorized that "paintings must be something between likeness and unlikeness". In his later years, many of his works depict mice, shrimp, or birds. What is unique about Baishi is that his works show no western influences, unlike most other artists at this time. Other artists praised Baishi for his "freshness and spontaneity that he brought to the familiar genres of birds and flowers, insects and grasses, hermit-scholars and landscapes". Even though Baishi wasn't the first artist to focus on small things in nature, he was recognized for his very careful and beautiful way of painting such common images.

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