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An Insider Peek at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel's Rare Art Collection
27 Mar 2019

Hotel decoration is truly an art, combining a mastery of aesthetic principles with an immense appreciation for local culture. The breadth of materials used and the unity of an overarching theme are what make a hotel design brilliant. Nowhere is this truer than Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, where exquisite traditional calligraphy, alongside modern abstract pieces, provides a mesmerizing window into Chinese culture. We caught up with Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel’s resident art expert to introduce the highlights:

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The Oriental Lobby

“First impressions of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel lobby are rooted in the local culture. Guests walking in are greeted by a full-size antique pagoda, carved in African rosewood, a palatial space that feels like an art gallery. A wander around the lobby reveals priceless artefacts, such as a jade Guanyin Buddha and a portrait of Chairman Mao by famed artist Chen Yifei.”

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“The calligraphy above the main entrance of the hotel is a 1,000-character Chinese poem, written by a Tang Dynasty monk named Huai Su around 1,200 years ago - one of China’s most famous texts. Guests can borrow iPods with information in English and Mandarin to learn more about the Feng Shui elements incorporated into the hotel. This complimentary tour is the first of its kind in cosmopolitan Shanghai.”

 

Yin and Yang

“By Integrating yin and yang into our guestrooms, we create a harmonious and spiritual environment. Striking a balance between these two simple geometric shapes into the rooms’ design is achieved with round objects (yin) and square objects (yang). The round shapes symbolise heaven, while the squares earth. Combined, these shapes are a universal recognition of balance and harmony.”

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Wu Lou Gourd

“A recurring theme around the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel is the Bottle Gourd or ‘giver of life,’ a symbol of good health and good luck. It is thought that the gourd holds a magic nectar which is consumed by many Buddhist deities. The bi-lobe shape, which looks like the number eight, symbolises its connection with heaven and earth. The bottle is regarded as a wonderful tool used both to enhance and balance the energy around our guests.”

 

The Powers of Feng Shui

“Mirrors at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel are used to expand a space and draw beneficial ‘chi’ energy into the rooms. Bringing in the energy of the feng shui element of water, mirrors can dramatically shift the flow of energy in any given space. According to feng shui, during the day, the mirror provides light and freshness for the bedroom, but a mirror facing the bed depletes your personal energy at night. A mirror with doors, closed at night, is said to be the best solution.”

 

Dragon Boat

“One of the greatest treasures in the Himalayas Centre, the city’s hub for arts and culture, is the stunning handcrafted dragon boat, sculpted from African rosewood, which took two years to make. Traditionally, dragons are potent and auspicious powers and symbols of strength and good luck. The dragon boat carries three famous pavilions or ancient towers of China on its body: Teng Wang Pavilion, Peng Lai Pavilion and Yue Yang Pavilion, representing the will of Chinese to pursue high achievement in life.”

 

LED Sky Installation

“The ceiling of the lobby at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel features a magnificent 260 square-metre LED screen, the largest indoor screen in Shanghai. A multimedia animation changes to reflect the beauty of the sky at different times of the day and is depicted across the ceiling to create an artistic ambience as you enter.”

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Lucky Clouds

“Auspicious clouds are a common feature in Chinese mythology—with deities often perched on the top. The lucky cloud is a symbol of traditional Chinese culture, rooted in the everyday lives of Chinese people. Keep a look out for lucky cloud patterns in the Grand Ballroom and Club floors of the hotel.”

 

 

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