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:
Distance to the airport:
Shangri-La Airport: 87km (2h00)
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