Wang Luqing: Hainan Hote­lier

I want to use my bou­tique ho­tel to con­vey ideas on sim­ple life­styles and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to dis­cover the beauty around them.

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Speech by Wang Luqing, founder of 1921 Huan Ke Edited by Tan Xingyu

Iwas born in Haikou, Hainan Prov­ince. I still re­mem­ber that when fill­ing out col­lege ap­pli­ca­tions in 2002, my par­ents urged me to choose a univer­sity in Hainan Prov­ince even though my dream was to see the world out­side the is­land.

Even­tu­ally, I was ad­mit­ted to Yan­tai Univer­sity in Shan­dong Prov­ince. At the time, I was very happy to say good­bye to Hainan.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, I started work­ing on project man­age­ment for a com­pany in Guangzhou, Guang­dong Prov­ince, hop­ing to build a world of my own. I trav­eled a lot dur­ing my spare time.

I have al­ways en­joyed trav­el­ing since I was young, but sel­dom found chances to do so be­cause of eco­nomic lim­i­ta­tions. So, dur­ing my four years in col­lege and my spare time af­ter work, I went out a lot.

Dur­ing my trav­els, I be­came in­ter­ested in the de­sign, con­struc­tion and man­age­ment of tourist at­trac­tions and ho­tels. I met many veteran pro­fes­sion­als with unique in­sights that greatly in­spired my fu­ture busi­ness ideas in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

One day in 2011 on my way home from work, stuck in the traf­fic, I opened the sun­roof in my car to be greeted with a blue sky and white clouds. I was thrilled.

I thought to my­self: “What hap­pened to you? If you go back home, you will en­joy blue skies and white clouds all year around. Why weren’t you ever so ex­cited there?” At that mo­ment I knew that I missed my home­town and that I had been away for too long. I thought about it all night and ul­ti­mately de­cided to re­turn to my home­town.

At the time, the con­cept of bou­tique ho­tels was hardly known to the peo­ple of Haikou, but I believed such a busi­ness might have a good chance in my home­town.

Haikou’s blue skies, fresh air and unique life­styles are hard to find else­where. Even though in­comes are higher out­side, Haikou peo­ple un­der­stand that life is not all about work. I wanted to share my un­der­stand­ing of life with more peo­ple by launch­ing a bou­tique ho­tel.

I re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back and sup­port when I shared the idea with my class­mates and fam­ily.

In 2012, I be­gan to pre­pare to start the busi­ness to­gether with sev­eral of my friends. I teamed up with col­lege class­mates and friends who had won the China De­sign Award, had spe­cial­ized in cor­po­rate plan­ning or had ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment. My team has ex­panded to 26 mem­bers to­day.

Some core team mem­bers, how­ever, do not live and work in Hainan, which has proved a good way to pro­vide a con­stant source of good ideas from around China and

the world to im­prove the busi­ness.

We built a bou­tique ho­tel by ren­o­vat­ing two old build­ings with de­signs unique to coastal ar­eas of Fu­jian and Hainan and named it 1921 Huan Ke. To­day it of­fers 24 rooms, each with a tai­lored, po­etic name. The names of the 24 rooms com­bined to­gether form a poem.

“Huan Ke” is a term used by Hainan na­tives to re­fer to those who re­turned to their moth­er­land af­ter liv­ing for some time, par­tic­u­larly in South­east Asia. The year “1921” was the zenith of trade be­tween Haikou and South­east Asia.

Traces of those good old days can be seen in al­most ev­ery com­po­nent of 1921 Huan Ke: bricks, tiles, walls and pavil­ion in ad­di­tion to an­tique fur­ni­ture, mem­o­ra­bilia, clas­sic door­ways, arches and the vin­tage front desk.

Along­side 1921 Huan Ke, we are work­ing on an­other project near Haikou Air­port.

I want to use this ho­tel to re­mind con­sumers of the sim­ple life­styles and con­cepts that were once es­sen­tial and to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to dis­cover the beauty around them.

Born in Haikou in the 1980s, Wang Luqing is the founder of 1921 Huan Ke, a bou­tique ho­tel in Haikou, Hainan Prov­ince. He wants to use his ho­tel to con­vey ideas on sim­ple life­styles and univer­sal con­cepts.

The gate of 1921 Huan Ke, a bou­tique ho­tel with a his­tor­i­cal fla­vor.

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