What does it mean to be inspired by the Ming Dynasty? NUO has crafted a bold series of heritage footprints throughout the hotel that reflect a who's who of the Ming Dynasty's most celebrated literati, innovators, explorers and aesthetes.
Discover the harmonious design principles of Wen Zhenheng in the guestrooms; savour the adventures of naval explorer Zheng He as you embark on a voyage of culinary discovery at N'Joy restaurant. These and many more cultural discoveries await.
A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN MING INSPIRATION
Upon entering NUO Hotel Beijing, guests are greeted by one of NUO’s honourary art consultant Zeng Fanzhi’s most monumental art pieces for the hotel, the 5.03-metre tall sculpture entitled “Le Shan”. It is Mr. Zeng’s homage to a line from one of the essays of renowned Ming Dynasty-era intellectual and historian Zhang Dai who, in recalling blissful memories spent with his beloved grandfather in Shaoxing, China, said “The door opens on a view of mountains; the window opens on a view of water”.
Alongside Mr. Zeng’s majestic masterpiece, ten 2.24-metre tall porcelain vases stand as splendid sentinels in the lobby, in direct tribute to the time when such porcelain from the ancient kilns in Jingdezhen, China, were considered the pinnacle of beauty and exquisite artwork, prized by emperors and exported all over the world.
WAKE UP TO A REAWAKENING OF MING STYLE AND COMFORT
In an homage to Ming Dynasty-era literary figure Wen Zhenheng’s book “Treatise on Superfluous Things”, where he advocates that form should follow function, the guestrooms’ layout and design are reminiscent of an ancient Chinese intellectual’s residence, a harmonious blend of balance and symmetry, whilst maintaining simplicity of comfort.
Even in the bathrooms, inspiration can be found, such as whimsical lines of poetry from Ming Dynasty-era scholar Wen Zhengming, one of China’s “Four Masters of Ming”, etched in exquisite calligraphy on a corner wall.
Peaceful luxury, thoughtful extras. NUO Hotel Beijing’s guestrooms exude the elegant simplicity of a Ming Dynasty scholar’s personal chambers inspired by the Wen Family.
AN ADVENTURE IN MODERN MING DINING
Jia, NUO Hotel Beijing’s signature Chinese restaurant, conveys the warm embrace of a peaceful, welcoming home and recalls the familiarity, comfort and deep satisfaction derived from the best-loved home-cooked meals.
Inspired by the works of famous Ming Dynasty-era artist, calligrapher and epicure Xu Wei, who was best known for his Xie Yi or free-style flower-and-bird ink wash paintings, the restaurant’s ambience evokes the natural setting of an exquisite, elegant home with an emphasis on sourcing fresh, premium, organic ingredients from NUO’s own Organic Farm for healthy dining.
A VOYAGE OF CULINARY DISCOVERY
From 1405 to 1433, Zheng He, a renowned Ming Dynasty explorer, sailed westward on seven great voyages, promoting the exchange and development of economy, trade, culture and art. Zheng He is the Ming Dynasty inspiration for our global approach to cuisine at NUO Hotel Beijing.
Playing on the word “enjoy”, N’Joy at NUO Hotel Beijing offers international all-day dining, where diners enjoy a magnificent buffet feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner from NUO’s culinary team of world-class chefs from around the world. N'Joy has buffet counter and open kitchen at over 800 square metres and two private dining rooms. Guests at N’Joy can embark on an international culinary journey inspired by the voyages of the legendary Ming Dynasty-era Chinese admiral Zheng He, who commanded an armada of the largest fleets and the largest ships ever to sail and explore the Indian Ocean. N’Joy’s open kitchens, including a seasonal vegetables section with fresh ingredients from NUO’s own Green Farm, are all designed for the drama and theatre showcasing the chefs’ dazzling skills. N’Joy features an expansive patio for alfresco dining.
A HAVEN OF CHINESE-INSPIRED WELLNESS
NUO Spa derives authentic Chinese heritage wellness treatments in accordance with the seasons inspired by “Huangdi Neijing”, also known as the “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon”, an ancient Chinese medical text which has been treated as the fundamental and most comprehensive doctrinal source for traditional Chinese medicine.
NUO Spa’s proprietary essential oils and special fragrances are inspired by renowned traditional Chinese physician Li Shizhen’s greatest contributions to Chinese pharmacology, “Compendium of Medical Material” and “Syllabus of Medical Herbs”, and extracted from high-quality natural ingredients and special herbs. During treatment, guests can listen to a compilation of soothing music exclusively composed for NUO Spa – “Aqua mix incense”, inspired by the concept of the water section in Li Shizhen’s “Compendium of Medical Material”.