A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House
(Chengdu, December 2020) The most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, is just around the corner. To embrace the blissful season, The Temple House has prepared a series of sustainable seasonal celebrations in alignment with Swire Hotels’ sustainability vision. The House is proud to present a seven-meter gold-coloured Christmas tree constructed partly from recycled bamboo. Aside from the Christmas tree, The Temple House hosted a charity Christmas bazaar to spread the spirit of giving and sharing. With sustainable festive decorations all over the House, this spectacular venue will surely become the hottest spot for celebrating the holiday season for Chengdu residents.
For the past four years, The Temple House has commissioned a one-of-a-kind tree that incorporates whimsical elements created from recycled materials. This year, the unconventional Christmas tree features bamboo partly recycled from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding decorated with hundreds of golden ornaments. After the festive season, the bamboo will be reused to house the herb garden in our courtyard during the winter months.
The Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, an annual tradition, was held at the courtyard of The Temple House in the evening of 5 December. Our guests, media friends and the community were invited to celebrate the tree-lighting ceremony and took part in the festivities with Christmas carols performed by the children of Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten, festive candies and a photo session with Santa Claus for guests to bring home a memorable Christmas moment.
In the spirit of giving, a charity Christmas bazaar was also held in the courtyard on the same day offering a wide range of festive items, including traditional Christmas mulled wine, panda cookies and cupcakes. The proceeds will be donated to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in support of critical research and conservation of the giant panda.
Committed to giving back to the community this holiday season, the House provided an opportunity for non-profit organisations to introduce themselves to the local community through vibrant booths of their goods and services, including Animals Asia Foundation, Zero Waste Chengdu, and Haihui Better Community. Animals Asia Foundation sends therapy dogs to the disabled and the elderly in the city through its Dr Dog programme. Zero Waste Chengdu, the first environmental consultancy in Southwest China, specialises in zero waste and the circular economy, assisting organisations with TRUE (total resources usage and efficiency). Haihui Better Community focuses on rural poverty alleviation and revitalisation.
Going forward, The Temple House will continue to celebrate the festive season with sustainability and supporting local community as the focus.
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