Cam­phor Forests and His­toric Abodes, Shang­hai

Wine & Dine - - TRAVELLER -

Open­ing in au­tumn, Aman’s fourth prop­erty in China Amanyangyun is noth­ing short of a feat in lo­gis­tics, en­gi­neer­ing and pas­sion for his­tory. Lo­cated just out­side Shang­hai, Amanyangyun sits in a for­est of thou­sand-yearold cam­phor trees, with vil­las and build­ings which were once Ming and Qing dy­nasty homes. Worth ap­pre­ci­at­ing is that the for­est of 10,000 trees and the his­toric build­ings had orig­i­nally been dis­man­tled, up­rooted and trans­ported 700 kilo­me­tres from Jiangxi Prov­ince, where the con­struc­tion of a reser­voir had threat­ened their ex­is­tence. This amaz­ing feat was un­der­taken by a team of ex­perts in an ini­tia­tive led by Jiangxi phi­lan­thropist Ma Dadong.

Now, the re­assem­bled homes form Amanyangyun, com­pris­ing four-bed­room vil­las and one-bed­room club suites that fea­ture fire­places and court­yards, de­signed by Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects. The most spec­tac­u­lar of th­ese his­toric build­ings is what is now Nan Sh­u­fang, the heart of the ho­tel and an ac­tiv­ity space where guests can en­joy cul­tural pur­suits like cal­lig­ra­phy and the Chi­nese tea cer­e­mony. Amanyangyun also boasts six din­ing out­lets, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese Restau­rant and Lake­side Cafe, a lus­cious spa and two swim­ming pools. Blending the old and the new, Amanyangyun is an in­dul­gent base for re­lax­ation or to ex­plore nearby Shang­hai, the his­toric towns of Suzhou, Hangzhou and the canal town of Zhu­ji­a­jiao.

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