LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan

Yunnan’s mountain-gateway

A few snow-topped summits along from Lijiang, the second stop on the LUX* Tea Horse Road trail awaits. Here, where the Yangtze River curves its way along the valley floor and the Meili Snow Mountains tower into the sky, 30 rooms and suites offer travellers a window into the Tibet influenced culture and camera ready landscape of this picturesque pocket of southwestern China. Once a stopping point for caravan trains picking their way through the peaks, Benzilan was famed for the fearlessness of its horseman. Today, it’s still a magnet for high-altitude adventurers and for those in search of soul-easing tranquillity. Start the day with a meditation session overlooking the waters of the Yangtze, then head out with expert guides foraging for mushrooms and exploring secret trails. Visit frozen-in-time villages, temples and monasteries, or make the most of the valley’s mild climate and rest your mountain-weary feet beside the infinity pool. In the all-day restaurant, the menu shifts with the rhythm of the seasons, take a tasting tour of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet or dine on international classics made from the freshest local produce. Here, the day unfolds to your schedule, but whatever you do, you’re sure to leave LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan with a broadened mind, a nurtured body and an invigorated spirit.


30 rooms including:

  • 22 Superior King rooms
  • 6 Superior twin rooms
  • 2 Suites


Distance to the airport:

Shangri-La Airport:  87km (2h00)


Don’t miss …

  • Joining the monks of the Dongzhulin lamasery as they chant towards the sacred peak of Kawagebo, the highest in the Meili Snow Mountains
  • Visiting Nixi pottery workshop and learning how to craft the coveted black ceramics of Shangri-La.
  • Dining with a Tibetan family, sampling local specialities such as yak meat while sipping home-made barley whiskey.


You’ll also love …

  • Mountain treks along ancient caravan routes, tailored to your fitness level.
  • Leisurely evenings by the fireside listening to the stories of the local traders.
  • Discovering the history and rituals surrounding Pu’er team in the LUX* Teahouse (and tea’s not the only drink around here – the Café LUX* baristas can whip you up a perk-packed coffee too).


Restaurants & bars:


Café LUX*

Tea Lounge


Spa & Wellness



Kids club & Play