Aman­re­sorts’ new­est prop­erty, the Aman­dayan, is set in a fas­ci­nat­ing part of Yun­nan Province. Dur­ing your stay, be sure to visit the fol­low­ing spots

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yuhu vil­lage Yuhu is a tiny vil­lage at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Moun­tain. This is where Joseph Rock, an Aus­trian-amer­i­can ex­plorer and a ver­i­ta­ble celebrity in Li­jiang, set­tled in 1922. A botanist and doc­tor, Rock was the first for­eign scholar to doc­u­ment the Naxi cul­ture, pub­lish­ing a se­ries of photos and ar­ti­cles in Na­tional Ge­o­graphic that are now on dis­play in his for­mer home.

baisha vil­lage The town of Baisha has been the cen­tre of silk em­broi­dery in south­west China for cen­turies, so be sure to stop by some of the lead­ing em­broi­dery schools to marvel at the skilled hand­i­work of the lo­cals. Don’t miss the Ming-dy­nasty Dabaoji Palace. It houses the revered Baisha Fresco, which de­picts the re­gion’s four key re­li­gions— Tao­ism, Bud­dhism, the Naxi Dongba re­li­gion and La­maism. The Red Guard de­stroyed most of these trea­sures dur­ing the Cul­tural Revo­lu­tion, but the Baisha Fresco sur­vived be­cause a shrewd vil­lager cov­ered it with posters of Mao Ze­dong’s face. shuhe old town This is per­haps the best­p­re­served town on the an­cient Tea Horse Road. Its crys­tal­clear wa­ter­ways feed feath­ery wil­lows that shade res­i­dents from the hot sun.

Jade dragon snow Moun­tain Take the ca­ble car up and hike to the sum­mit. The vista at 5,600 me­tres is oth­er­worldly, with vast stretches of scree and ice. Buy a can of oxy­gen at the base to cope with the thin air and dress warmly, as the tem­per­a­ture drops dra­mat­i­cally.

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