Crystals are also treated as sculptures. Floating crystal lace clouds appear over the Event Centre’s driveway and lead guests up five levels to the Jing An Grand Ballroom via escalators. The grandeur of the 1,743-square-metre Grand Ballroom, the largest in West Shanghai, is accentuated by a 10-metre-high ceiling dressed with glittering glass rods, crystal panels and more floating crystal clouds.
Art is an important aspect of the Shangri-La experience, and it is central to Jing An Shangri-La. Upon entering the lobby, guests are greeted by a 5.9 by 2.9-metre oil painting by Zeng Fanzhi, one of two renowned contemporary artists who were commissioned to create art for the hotel. The other is Zhou Chunya, whose series of five paintings for Jing An are inspired by Shanghai’s Yu Garden.