Tem­ple of Re­newal

Chengdu has evolved from pro­vin­cial panda-view­ing stopover into a cos­mopoli­tan des­ti­na­tion. Its new­est ho­tel, The Tem­ple House, puts cul­ture and in­dul­gence cen­tre stage, Rik Glauert dis­cov­ers

Hong Kong Tatler - - Travel -

s the first blush of dawn colours the Sichuan sky a shade of milky caramel, I check out and cross the his­toric court­yard that serves as the en­trance to Chengdu’s new­est land­mark of in­dul­gence. I take a fi­nal look back across the 100-year-old wooden col­umns, or­nate bam­boo fret­work and green tiles. The only anom­alies in this Qing Dy­nasty vi­sion are two leaf sculp­tures by lo­cal artist Wu Haiy­ing that re­flect the del­i­cate ar­chi­tec­ture and wu­tong trees in their pol­ished steel.

The Tem­ple House is the latest launch by Swire Ho­tels’ The House Col­lec­tive. Be­yond the walls of the tra­di­tional court­yard house at its en­trance, mod­ern steel-and-glass build­ings house 100 guest rooms around a cen­tral area of dra­mat­i­cally land­scaped grass, sand­stone sculp­tures and subter­ranean court­yards.

A grand stair­case leads from the re­cep­tion area un­der­ground to a net­work of fa­cil­i­ties,

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