A SLICE OF PARADISE人间难得桃花源
Renowned Chinese writer and essayist Yu Qiuyu has inspired many with these verses that pay tribute to two Unesco-listed sites: “Seeking the Way at Mount Qingcheng/Paying homage to the waters at Dujiangyan.”
So when I flew to Chengdu for a holiday in May, I made my way to Dujiangyan directly instead of heading to the city.
The Unesco World Heritage Site is famed for its ancient irrigation system, which is still in use today.
My choice of accommodation was a no-brainer too. Nestled in a tranquil spot at the foot of Mount Qingcheng, the birthplace of Taoism, the new Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain hotel offers guests a private and picturesque sanctuary.
Touting the luxury synonymous with the Six Senses brand, it is a paradise on earth, perfect for recharging the mind and soul. The resort is the first Six Senses property in China. It houses 122 semi-detached suites, garden suites, garden villas and pool villas, each with a Chinese-style courtyard complete with green tiles and wooden beams.
Through the hotel’s bamboo fence, the majestic Mount Qingcheng beckons. It is as if you have walked into a Chinese ink painting.
The attention to detail and craftsmanship is evident throughout the property. You walk on a path flanked by lush greenery and bamboo and, after walking up a flight of stairs and then down a long corridor, you are suddenly greeted by the sight of the bright, cheery lobby.
One courtyard follows another between pavilions, with bridges arching over flowing water. Circular on the outside but squarish within, the architecture reflects the very essence of Taoist culture.
A central pursuit in Taoism is the alignment of man and heaven, a tenet that syncs with the Six Senses brand. Seeking a balance with nature, the design taps on the site’s lush beauty and employs only sustainable and/or natural materials. Even the drinking water in the guest rooms comes in recyclable glass containers instead of your usual disposable plastic bottles.
An organic vegetable garden is where ingredients are sourced for guests’ meals. The spa is also an exercise in thoughtful planning, with a 10-room spa centre housed within a white, circular building that offers wraparound views of the lush pastoral landscape and water features.
Early risers who fancy a taste of “slow living” can join the taiji sessions held at the spa’s courtyard. Prefer to sweat it out? There are two heated swimming pools and an open-air tennis court. Dining options abound with seven restaurants offering various cuisines. As night fell, cloaking the mountains in darkness, I sat sipping jasmine tea on the balcony in my room. Taking in the lingering fragrance of the surrounding flora and the symphony of birds and insects, I gave myself over to the magic of Mount Qingcheng. 余 秋雨先生一句“问道青城山，拜水都江堰”，让多少人心生向往。5月假期去了一趟成都，一下飞机不是进入成都市，而是直接驱车都江堰，下榻的地方也不作他想。青城山脚下的六善度假酒店，曲径通幽，既吸收了青城山仙风道骨的自然气息，又秉承品牌载誉无数的隐秘奢华理念，想要有某种意义上的“修身养性”，或者与喧嚣尘世来个短暂的“断舍离”，此处确是人间难得的桃花源。
入夜，坐在客房的阳台上，青城山已隐于黑幕中，只见点点灯火亮起，空气中混合着树木和花的香味。品茗着手中的茉莉花茶，虫鸣影落醉梦生，不知身是客，一晌贪欢。 Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain No. 2 Dong Ruan Road Qingcheng Mountain Town Dujiangyan Chengdu, Sichuan, 611844, China www.sixsenses.com/resorts/qing-cheng-mountain +86-28-8728-9871
Two-bedroom deluxe courtyard villa