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A retreat at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Nestled in the heart of the Yunnan, the Banyan Tree Lijiang reflects the Singapore group’s penchant for exclusive retreats. The luxury hotelier is the first group to settle in this Venice of the Orient where the historic town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the base of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with its eternal snow, the 55 villas are representative of local architecture. Each exclusively furnished villa has its own private swimming pool. The spa, a signature offer of the Banyan Tree group, is of course an important part of it. But the Banyan Tree is not just a place for rest and meditation. Trekking in the mountains, a promenade by bicycle or on horseback: the property offers a variety of leisure activities. In addition there are two golf courses near the hotel. For corporate events, the Banyan Tree Lijiang has two meeting rooms, accommodating 20 or 60. Located just 40 minutes from Lijiang’s airport the hotel is relatively accessible. In this rural region, the property has adopted a sustainable development policy that appears in the form of respect for the architectural traditions of the Naxi people and the use of local materials for building the villas. The human resources policy meant 200 people were employed from the Yunnan province and nearby communities to whom the hotel offers English courses, transportation and accommodations. Banyan Tree also launched several projects for neighboring communities. The Banyan Tree Lijiang is the group’s second hotel in China, after the opening in 2005 of the Tibetan lodge Banyan Tree Ringha, located at 3,200 above sea level in Yunnan.

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