A museum has been opened on the 7th floor of the Peking Hotel, where guests can get acquainted with the history of the construction of the hotel, learn interesting facts about famous guests, admire the preserved interior details of the legendary Peking restaurant – wooden sculptures, natural stone ornaments, vases made of famous Chinese porcelain, as well as see tapestries and paintings with expressive landscapes of the Celestial Empire. In the museum, you can make a wish to the lion guards of the hotel.
According to the ancient Chinese tradition, the lion is a mythical defender of the Law, the guardian of sacred structures. He is a symbol of power and success, power and strength. In early Chinese art, lions were not depicted at all, but with the development of imperial power, they began to appear in different images and incarnations. Initially, the Heavenly Lions stood exclusively in front of the entrance to the imperial dwelling.
And only many years later the guards appeared in front of palaces, temples and state institutions. Over time, lions began to decorate houses and turned into a symbol of high social status and material well-being of the family. Traditionally, guardian lions, holding a bronze ball with their paw, are arranged in pairs on both sides of the entrance. On the right hand is a lion, on the left — a lioness. There are several legends about what exactly the ball symbolizes. According to one of them, the lion presses the "globe" with his paw and personifies the Yang energy. According to another, the ball is the sun, and the lion is a symbol of the power of nature.
7th floor, entrance is free for hotel guests. Working hours: around the clock.