Tacheng, Yunnan, China
At a Glance
Beautiful views of the terraced rice fields
Elegant design to highlight the local style
Amazing location in one of the more fertile areas of China
Very intimate with only 9 boutique rooms
Fantastic base to explore the surrounding nature reserve and beautiful Naxi Villages
Best time to Visit
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From the subtropical lowlands in the south up to glacier-capped mountains in the north, Yunnan is a province of extremes. The climate varies so much across this vast and diverse area, that it has given rise to an ancient Chinese saying: “You can enjoy all four seasons on the same mountain, with each just a few miles from the next”. Generally speaking, most of Yunnan province is mild in winter and cool in summer, with large variances in temperature occurring across the day. Mornings can start with a wintery chill, and warm up to 25°C by lunchtime. Spring and Autumn are mild and pleasant and the best times to visit Yunnan, despite May being the rainiest month of the year. For snow-capped mountains and dramatic alpine scenes, the winter months of November to January can be spectacular.
To start planning your holiday to Songtsam Tacheng
Songtsam Tacheng is located in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounding by paddy fields, endangered monkeys and idyllic villages, a trip to this undiscovered part of China is a truly unique experience.
The Songtsam Tacheng is perhaps one of the most intimate properties we offer in China, with just 9 Deluxe Rooms to choose from and views of the organic rice fields, it makes for a trip of a lifetime.
The stunning and serene setting of the lodge, nestled in mountain valleys and surrounded by organic rice fields, which produce over 3000kg of product every year make the views from the private balconies perfect for a romantic getaway or family trip.
The local area is rich a vegetation and wildlife, meaning the restaurant can serve up a variety of delicacies that reflect the atmosphere and vibe of the property.
Notable highlights of the Songtsam Tacheng Lodge are the outdoor swimming pool and luscious gardens which are perfect for an afternoon of relaxing and animal spotting. For those who fancy going further a-field, guided hiking along the mountain trail, cookery classes and excursions to see the endangered Yunnan Golden Monkeys can be arranged.
Throughout the Sontsam Tacheng Lodge, history and nature have been combined to give the property a quaint charm, that exudes comfort and tradition. The rooms all have king size beds, locally handcrafted furniture and an array Tibetan rugs, as well as views of the valley and paddy fields.
The property features wifi in all rooms, 24 hour hot water and 24 hour room service. Laundry can be arranged at an extra cost.
During your stay at the Songtsam Tacheng, you can expect to dine on local delicacies, including exotic, locally sourced fruit & vegetables, rainbow trout, from the nearby rivers and ham from the wild boar that are abundant in the area. The lodge provides 3 meals a day, as well as soft drink, local beer and tea and coffee.
If you are going on an excursion or hike around the area, the staff will be more than happy to provide you with a picnic hamper to ensure you don't get peckish on your journey.
With such a stunning backdrop, there is plenty to keep you enthralled during your stay at the idyllic Songtsam Tacheng.
From guided tours of the local area, and seeing the bee hives, which produce some of the most celebrated wild honey in China, to learning to cook a classic regional dish or dancing to traditional Tibetan music, there really is something to keep everyone occupied!
Boddhidharma Cave & Hada Village
Hike 2 hours along the pilgrimage road into Boddhidharma Cave, then continue to Hada Village for a unique learning experience on how to make soya milk and tofu with a local family.
Snubnose Golden Monkeys and Bazhu Village Exploration
Explore the Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve in search of the rare Snubnose Golden Monkeys. Enjoy the astounding views and scenery with a picnic lunch before visiting the Lisu Village named Bazhu.
Authentic Northern Yunnan
Lijiang, Tacheng, Benzilan, Meili & Shangri-La
from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Dig beneath the surface into the outskirts of Lijiang as you learn about minority culture in Longquan, Baisha and Yuhu
- Hike on the backdrop of majestic Meili mountains, Kawagebo peak and Mingyong glacier
- Learn about the arts behind Tibetan wooden bowl painting or how traditional Tibetan incense sticks are made
Location & directions
Tacheng, Yunnan, China
Located in the heart of the mountain valley, Tacheng is perhaps the most fertile terrain around, ensuring an abundance of wildlife and vegetation to absorb your senses.
How to get there
Fly into Beijing and take a domestic flight to Shangri-La Airport. The airport is a 3-hour transfer from Songtsam Tacheng. Lijiang Airport is a 4-hour transfer from the lodge.
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