Lijiang, Yunnan, China
At a Glance
A true gem Amandayan offers total serenity sitting palatially atop a hill overlooking the crisscrossed rooftops of Lijang
The superb location allows guests to exit the hotel’s gardens and walk straight onto the winding cobbled streets of this UNESCO projected mountain town
The hotel design makes the most of its location with the stunning central courtyard influenced by the Nakhi people indigenous to the northwestern Yunnan
Book the top floor Deluxe Suites for a terrace overlooking the town and the snow capped mountains rising beyond
True to its Aman credentials the service is telepathic and the hotel boasts a wonderful spa where signature Aman treatments are influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine
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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 Fall 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 vacation to Amandayan
Situated in the heart of Lijiang's Old Town and surrounded by the region's stunning mountain ranges Amandayan sets a new level of luxury in China's Yunnan Province, known for being one of the most beautiful destinations in China.
Amandayan is located just above the small intertwining lanes and canals of Lijiang Old Town and boasts 35 elegantly appointed suites many of which come equipped with stunning views of the surrounding city, countryside and snow capped mountains. The design of the property utilizes the traditional architectural style of the indigenous people of the north western Yunnan - the Nakhi people.
Each of the 35 Suites are decorated with materials and fabrics from the surrounding region creating a beautiful sense of place and atmospheric design with an unmistakable Chinese feel. There are three types of suites with the courtyard and deluxe suites spread over 72 square meters and very similar in layout with spacious bathrooms and comfortable living areas with the only differences coming from the views and floors they are located. There is also the two bedroom Amandayan Suite which is bigger, spread over 440 square meters, and ideal for couples or families traveling together.
Amandayan's Chinese restaurant serves Yunnan and Cantonese cuisines with a delicious dim sum menu for lunch. Alongside this the Lounge focuses on seasonal and locally grown produce and acts as an all day restaurant. The traditional tea house is beautifully designed over two floors with indoor and outdoor seating complemented by views over Old Town Lijiang and serves Chinese and Western tea sets including Dim Sum.
To indulge further at the Amandayan the stunning Aman Spa offers an incredible range of treatments drawing influence from Traditional Chinese Medicine and using Aman's own skincare range. There is also a stunning 20 meter heated outdoor swimming pool and Amandayan's own private cinema with 30 reclining leather seats and a 42.5 meter square screen.
Further facilities include a fully stocked library, a boutique, fitness center and Pilates and yoga studio.
The 35 suites are all decorated with local materials and fabrics to reflect the surrounding region including Yunnan pine from Shangri-La, intricate Nakhi embroidery and elaborate Dongba wood carvings of flowers, birds and other nature motifs. The Courtyard Suites are spacious with expansive bathrooms and generous living areas and are all set around peaceful courtyards. The Deluxe Suites offer the same layout and design as the Courtyard Suites but are located on the first floor and come equipped with large terraces with views over the rooftop of Lijiang Old Town, Lion Hill, Lijiang New Town and beyond to the mountains.
For families and larger groups there is the ideal two bedroom Amandayan Suite with stunning views.
Children and families are welcome to come and stay at Amandayan. However, there are no specific facilities available for children at the resort.
Amandayan has two restaurants serving Chinese and Western dishes along with an authentic teahouse serving traditional afternoon teas and sumptuous Dim Sum menus.
There is a fully serviced spa along with a 20 meter pool for relaxation. There is also a library, boutique, cinema and gym.
Activities in and around Amandayan are abundant and include strolling through the World Heritage Site of Lijiang Old Town and visiting the surrounding authentic and untouched villages of Baisha and Shuhe. For those who enjoy the outdoors there is plenty of opportunity to explore on horse back or hike through the spectacular scenery that the area is so well known for.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
On a hill located directly above the old town of Lijang sits the newly built Amandayan. It has the most fantastic views across the rooftops of the town below and as the evening draws in and the town begins to come alive with lights and music it feels extremely special. The hotel is newly built but has been done so very considerately with lots of local stone and wood. The rooms which are split into various courtyards are simple and perfect in the true Aman aesthetic. All clean lines and high ceilings with a large and beautiful bathroom adjacent. There is a small outdoor pool within the courtyard that holds the spa and a bath house with huge cedar tubs to relax in after a hard day trekking or doing yoga out on the hotels pavilion. I loved breakfast which s taken in the main lobby and lounge area. There was a local musician playing a wonderful sort of harp as we tucked in to fabulous fresh fruit and muesli. Amandayan isnt just a hotel in Lijang it is a destination in itself and a truly special place that I will always remember.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Amandayan is the newest luxury addition to Lijiang and has a brilliant location right above the old town. It is so convenient as you can just potter down the lane and be in the heart of this charming old town and then when you want to can return to your perch surveying the city below. At night the city does come alive with plenty of restaurants and bars which belt out local classics but luckily these die down at 11pm so that we were still able to get plenty of beauty sleep. Even though the property was still in soft opening when I stayed the hotel ran like clockwork and if there were any tiny hiccups these were all dealt with seamlessly and with charming service. It was definitely a real treat to stay here.
A day in Jianshui
Enjoy an exploration of Jianshui as we discover the Zhang Family Garden and Double Dragon Bridge. Head to Changyang City Gate and the Confucius temple of Jianshui for a visit.
Blue Moon Valley
Today, you will visit the natural white water terraces of Blue Moon Valley, also known as the Pamukkale of China. You will also board a ropeway for a bird's eye view of the river valley.
Cultural Lijiang Tour
Embark on a walking tour of Lijiang old town and step back in time with the traditional buildings and lovely alleyways. Then head to Black Dragon Mountain Pond and if time permits, visit the Dongba Institute and up to Lion Hill for a bird's eye view.
Explore the tranquil ancient town of Heshun village and make a visit to the library and charming old residences including the Li Family Mansion and the former residence of renowned philosopher Ai Siqi.
Dongba Culture Museum
Get in-depth into the unique Naxi Dongba culture, with over 12,000 relics such as paintings, holy books and sacrifice tools. The museum is also built in the quadrangle courtyard architecture which reflects the Naxi Dongba culture.
Full Day Tour of Lijang
Explore Lijang's maze of humble cobbled streets with your guide today. During this full day tour enjoy a visit to the city's Old Town, a cable car up to The Jade Dragon Mountain and later, a bird's eye view from the famous Lion Hill.
At 4,506 meters above sea level, Glacier Park is one of the world's highest cable car stations. You will be provided with one oxygen canister. Optional visit to Spruce Meadow (3,200m) or Yak Meadow (3,700m) is available.
Half Day Visit to Tanwei Village
Make a trip to Tanwei Village and immerse in the authentic culture and the Tibetan way of life. Try their yak butter tea and tsampa, a staple in their diet.
Half day visit to Tiger Leaping Gorge
Head to the Tiger Leaping Gorge and embark on a short hike. Be captivated by the beautiful views of the flanking mountains and river canyon.
Hike Laojunshan's 99 Dragon Pool
This rewarding trek traverses through dense forest with strong biological diversity, flanked by multi-colored canyon walls and unique danxia landford of Liming.
Impressions of Lijiang Performance
Be amazed by the dazzling performance of "Impressions of Lijiang", one of the three outdoor shows of famous director, Zhang Yimo. Watch as more than 500 dancers wear their ethnic costume to perform with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as its backdrop.
Jingmai to Xishuangbanna
Drive to Menghai where you will visit a countryside temple and the Bulang Tribe enroute. Go on a leisurely hike around Mount Nannuo as you walk through local villages and tea plantations. Arrive in Xishuangbanna.
Experience a slice of Naxi village life along the Lashi Lake National Wetland Park. See a viewpoint of the lake from the top of a hill and visit the Zhiyun Temple.
Mu Palace Exploration
Enjoy a tour of the Mu's Family Mansion, who was once the ruler of Naxi from the Yuan to Qing Dynasty. The layout of the Mu Residence follows that of the Forbidden City of Beijing and is termed the Forbidden City of Lijiang.
Naxi Orchestra & Throat Singing
This evening you will have the chance to experience the traditional throat-singing and dòngjing performance of the Naxi Orchestra.
Outskirts of Lijiang Exploration
Explore the surrounds of Lijiang and visit the villages of Longquan, Baisha and Yuhu, each with their own interesting stories.
Potatso National Park
Today, we escape into the wilderness of Potatso National Park, stop by scenic spots of Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Militang Alpine Pasture. On your return, we will make a stop at Xiao Zhongdian Village with its unique setting by a colossal valley.
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.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Enjoy a scenic drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La with beautiful cultural stops along the way including the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Tiger Leaping Gorge enroute between Lijiang and Tacheng
Embark on a short hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge, a narrow gorge tucked snugly between two mountains, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Mountain. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
Village Hike: Bodolo to Yulitadi
Enjoy a 2-hour hike through a pristine alpine forest across two Yi minority villages, dwarfed by the silver cliffs of Yulong Snow Mountain in the background. Optional 1-hour horse ride in the alpine meadow is available.
Wen Hai Lake
Venture into the countryside with a visit to Wenhai Lake to visit the local rural villages.
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Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Amandayan is perched on Lion Hill, a forested oasis in the heart of the town of Lijiang and offers some of the city's finest views.
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