ZbBZ (Singapore) - - IN SIGHT - TEXT WOO MUN NGAN /胡文雁

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。




简洁的禅式设计及充满大自然的建筑风格一脉相承,浓厚的文化元素和青城山脉的灵秀之气浑然一体,客居其中,天天沐浴在闲散幽静中,即使不离度假村半 步,也觉得怡然自得。


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


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