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