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In Taipei's ritzy Xinyi, Humble House shows a remarkable restraint

After the torrents of rain beating down on Taipei finally subsided, the cloudless skies were not the only thing people welcomed. Humble House Taipei threw open its gleaming doors to guests for the first time, drawing crowds to ride along the modish vibe that draws so many hoteliers to vie for a niche in the city's competitive Xinyi District.

The stark contrast between the design hotel's name and its much-envied location in the heart of Taipei would raise many eyebrows, but the modesty sneaks up on you gradually. Its decor is classy, but not overly pomp. The smiling staff did not turn up their noses at shy first-timers, and the hotel's spacious stretches of hallways gave off the sense of quiet grandeur.

The opening ceremony, held outdoors, surprised guests with a powerful performance by the Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe, whose drums and cymbals thawed the cold drafts in Taipei.

Humble House Taipei belongs to the first hotel group founded in Taiwan, and boasts an extensive collection of art. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) was among the hotel's first guests, thanking the visitors for braving the cold. “The hotels run by Tsai Chen-yang (蔡晨洋) and his wife Lai Ying-li (賴英里), including the Sheraton Hotel and Le Meridien Taipei, are successful and have contributed largely to the development of Taiwan's tourism. Tsai is ambitious to have constructed the Humble House in the heart of the Xinyi District, where so many hotels are battling for guests,” said Wang. The speaker then praised Tsai for the 600 hand-picked pieces of art that would be displayed in the hotel. “I hope visitors from all over the world will grace the hotel with their presence, and I wish the hotel a bright future.”

Wang later participated in the hotel's inauguration, holding diamond-shaped lights with Tsai, Lai and the hotel's management. The diamonds represented the “diamond-grade green building” status of the hotel, an eco-friendly designation given by the Ministry of Interior.

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Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), fourth left, attends the opening of Humble House Taipei along with Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君), fourth right, Humble House Group Founder Tsai Chen-yang (蔡辰洋), third left, and Tsai's wife Lai Ying-li (賴英里), second left, yesterday.

(Veronika Tomanova, The China Post)

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