Breathtaking Scenery, Five-Star Pampering: China’s Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort

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Step into a magical world at Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort, a luxury award-winning resort in what has been called “the Venice of the Orient.” In a prime mountainous location 2,000 meters above sea level in the heart of China, this escape is 15 minutes from a historical town, Dayan, and overlooks the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (a protected sanctuary for ethnic minorities and their cultures) to the south. Not to be missed during your stay is a trip to the old city of Lijiang, where — as your hosts put it — “the call of the wild mingles effortlessly with the genteel bustle of scenic medieval towns.” Take a day tour of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, or engage in “shopping therapy” for historical artifacts on a city tour. Lijiang promises “a story behind every encounter in this land of warm smiles and spectacular landscapes.”

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Your lodgings can include a private garden, whirlpool — even a two-story Spa Villa, the lower level of which is devoted to rejuvenating treatments after an active day. For a delicious meal, pamper yourself with Naxi-style cuisine in the Moonlight Pagoda restaurant, where you can dine on such delicacies as flat rice noodles with yak meat or barbecued matsutake mushrooms, in season — or enjoy a six-course repast in the aptly named Imperial Feast; these are only two of the dining or beverage options available. Burn off those calories in the on-site gym — no need to miss staying in shape, even when you’re “getting away from it all” — or with some invigorating tennis in the cool mountain air. Whether you’d like to trek the countryside or simply relax in gorgeous surroundings, the Banyan Tree Lijiang staff are ready to help you enjoy an absolutely perfect vacation.

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