Banyan Tree Lijiang, the multi award-winning resort and spa located in the heart of China, is set to celebrate its 10thAnniversary on November 1st 2016 with a special event and the launch of a carefully curated package available until March 2017, featuring a series of Naxi-style activities that will allow guests to immerse in the best the Venice of the Orient has to offer.
Located 2,400 meters above sea level within the highlands of Yunnan province, Banyan Tree Lijiang is a mere 15-minute ride from the historical UNESCO town of Dayan – known for its winding canals, bridges, and cobblestone streets. Banyan Tree Lijiang’s elegant Naxi-style design and stunning private villas and suites with breathtaking views of the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, allow guests to be inspired and experience an unparalleled stay.
10 Naxi-style Activities with Banyan Tree Lijiang
From the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Wenhai Prairie to the Ancient Tea Horse Road and Yunnan’s local cuisine – including the hotel’s organic garden, guests will be able to experience unforgettable activities during their stay.
Wake-Up To an Awe-Inspiring View
Guests staying in the Jet-pool Villas can wake-up to the stunning views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. At night, they can enjoy a cosy evening under the starry sky whilst soaking in their private Jet Pool set at 38-degrees, the perfect hot spring temperature to relieve fatigue.
Sunrise Yoga to Find Balance
A professional trainer will be available for group or private sunrise lessons. A wonderful way to start the day fully energised.
Created by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Impression Lijiang is an outdoor show staged at 3,100 meters above sea level with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as a backdrop. 400 local ethnic Naxi, Bai and Yi people from nearby towns partake in this magnificent musical performance showcasing local traditions and lifestyle.
Naxi Culture in Baisha Old Town
Guests can head to Baisha and Yuhu to explore the mysteries of the ancient Dongba culture of the Naxi people – regarded as a precious cultural relic of mankind. Apart from handmade copper pots, lost Naxi ancient music instruments and mysterious Dongba hieroglyphics are some of the other highlights.
A Taste of Yunnan
Located within the hotel grounds, Ming Yue restaurant offers traditional and local food with produce sourced from Banyan Tree Lijiang’s organic garden. Guests are welcomed to pick their favourite vegetables and fruits to be cooked by the chef with a unique local touch.
The Highland Spa Treatment
Guests looking for an ultimate relaxation can opt for a signature Yunnan Bounty at the Banyan Tree Spa Lijiang. A 120-minute Gui Shi Hot Stones Massage designed to rejuvenate the body and clear the mind is a perfect warming and relaxing finale to this package.
Paradise for Outdoor Activities
Whether it is biking in the Wenhai prairie meadow, hiking the Tea Horse Road, or taking a glider overlooking the Lijiang old towns are just a few activities that can be enjoyed in Lijiang’s temperate climate and pristine surroundings.
Moonlight Pagoda Dinner
A magnificent dinner in Banyan Tree’s oriental Naxi-style pagoda featuring the best of local cuisine bathed in moonlight awaits couples in this surreal dining experience. With the mountain looming in the backdrop against a painted night sky, guests can savour authentic delicacies such as flat rice noodles with Yak meat.
Naxi Traditional Wedding Ceremony
Those looking to proclaim the eternity of their love with a bespoke wedding celebration, can opt to say ‘I Do’ in a traditional Dongba ceremony. With the captivating Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, the couple will wear the traditional Naxi clothing whilst being blessed by a Dongba master.
Engage in CSR Activities
Guests can join the regular CSR activities organised by Banyan Tree such as visiting a local school to play and spend time with the Naxi children or plant trees in the surrounding areas.