22 Nov The Temple House Celebrates Sustainability this Festive Season
Upholding the Swire Hotels mission for sustainable development, The Temple House will celebrate the festive season with an exciting programme of activities following the theme of sustainability. This October, The Temple House became the second House Collective property to receive the Sustainable Project Design Award at the prestigious Sustainable Hotel Awards by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), after The Upper House Hong Kong claimed it in 2011. Kicking off this November 26, the sustainably-themed celebrations have been created to raise public consciousness about environmental issues, and keep its causes close at heart through the joyous season.
Christmas Bazaar, with Cards of Love
On November 26, running from 2pm to 7pm, The Temple House will be hosting its very first Christmas Bazaar in partnership with the Australian Consulate General, Rotary Club Chengdu, British Chamber, and China-Britain Business Council. The bazaar will offer a range of traditional and seasonal treats, sweets and delicacies, as well as a limited supply of warm, aromatic mulled wine. The Temple House and the Rotary Club Chengdu have invited children with special needs from rural villages in Qionglai to create the bazaar’s star feature, beautiful holiday cards hand-made with love. Sales of these unique cards will benefit organic agriculture projects in Qionglai, which in turn will help to develop a sustainable industry for its rural communities.
Sustainable Christmas tree lighting ceremony
This year, The Temple House will be dressed for the festive season with eco-friendly Christmas decorations crafted from recycled materials. Taking pride of place in the hotel’s inner courtyard will be a grand Christmas tree composed of 1,000 re-purposed wine bottles collected from TIVANO Italian Restaurant and JING Bar. In the true spirit of sustainability, the bronze frame of this sustainable sculpture will be re-used in the coming years. The tree-lighting ceremony will be held on the evening of November 26, and will be attended by prestigious local partners and celebrity guests.
Lisa Roet’s Golden Monkey Sculpture takes over The Temple House
Following its successful showcase at The Opposite House in Beijing, The Temple House welcomes the “Golden Monkey” sculpture by Australian artist Lisa Roet as its latest House guest from November 26 until January 2017, as part of the Australian Consulate-General’s Savour Australia Program. Measuring an impressive 14 metres in height, the sculpture will be mounted on the exterior facade of the building, which is elegantly patterned with bamboo tree motifs. The Temple House has also prepared a series of events and promotions to welcome its visit.
The Golden Monkey is an inflatable sculpture designed by Australian artist Lisa Roet. Modeled after the golden sneezing snub-nosed monkey, a recently discovered yet critically threatened species found only in southern China and the northern regions of Vietnam and Myanmar. By transplanting a larger-than-life image of this monkey into a bustling metropolis, Roet aims to encourage public discourse on the contrast of urban and natural environments, our human connection to nature and issues of sustainability, with an especial focus on conserving our precious wildlife.
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