Lijiang, China


Rates from (ex tax)$665.09

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY5,175.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Nahki hero


Dragon's den

Amandayan’s near neighbour, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, is the stuff of legend. We reckon the hotel is, too, thanks to its romantic rooms, serene spa and mountain-spying restaurant, which introduces the flavoursome cuisine of the local Nahki people (expect steaming hotpots a-go-go). Immerse yourself in your heritage-rich setting: learn tai chi or calligraphy; try cupping or a warm-bamboo massage; watch a guzheng performance in the Lounge; take tea in the Tea House (the cocktails are pretty reviving, too). There’s even a carefully preserved palace..

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35, including 34 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. You can check out before 6pm for an extra cost (50 per cent of one night). Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $665.09 (CNY4,500), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY5,175.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (pick from Continental, American and à la carte). Little Smiths aged between 12 and six are charged around £17 daily for breakfast (free for under-6s).


How many hotels have a carefully preserved palace? This one does: Wenchang Palace occupies a traditional courtyard that dates back to 1725. If only we could all age this gracefully...

At the hotel

Grounds and gardens; a preserved palace set in an 18th-century courtyard; traditional teahouse; private cinema; library; Pilates studio; gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, minibar, Amphora Aromatics bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If, like us, you’re a sucker for a mountain-spying terrace, opt for one of the top-floor Deluxe Suites (some survey the new town, some survey the Old Town; make your preference known when you book).


Had one too many dumplings? Notch up some laps in the spa’s tranquil 20-metre heated pool.


The Chinese have been acing wellness for more than 2,500 years; experience Tao healing rituals for yourself at Amandayan’s whisper-quiet spa, where nimble-knuckled masseuses wield warm bamboo like an extension of their own skilled limbs. Treatments include cupping, scrubs and rubs with Aman’s essential oils; we also like the sound of the herbal compress massage, which uses prai root, ginger, turmeric and lemongrass in its anti-inflammatory compresses.

Packing tips

Bring an appetite for mushrooms: Shangri-La’s forests are famed for their funghi. Try matsutake: a truffle-rivalling ’shroom that’s charged at exorbitant prices in Tokyo restaurants. In fact, just come equipped with your culinary curiosity: local delicacies include glacier ice-water fish, fried cream fans, ba ba buns and more...


Amandayan has a well-stocked trophy cabinet, having nabbed a couple of industry awards in China, including ‘Best New Resort’ and ‘Best Boutique Hotel’.


Little Smiths can come too, but don’t expect bells and whistles for them. (They’ll love the private cinema, though.) Man Yi Xuan restaurant has a tot-tailored menu, plus on-loan highchairs. A sofa bed can be added to rooms (free for under-12s).

Food and Drink

Photos Amandayan food and drink

Top Table

Take a window seat with views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Dress Code

Be inspired by the locals: model indigo-blue, alizarin-red or jasmine-yellow accents. A hint of feather, bamboo or wood will also stand you in good stead...

Hotel restaurant

Discover modern Chinese cuisine informed by Nahki influences at the serene, mountain-spying Man Yi Zuan, which has an elegant main room and four private-dining rooms. Don’t go home without trying a traditional hotpot, cooked with plenty of at-your-table theatrics: a simmering pot of rich, organic chicken stock is placed at the centre of your table, to be embellished with your choice of condiments and ingredients (Yunnan mushrooms, cured spare ribs or yak beef, perhaps). Breakfast and drinks are offered in the library’s Lounge area; Amandayan also has a traditional Tea House, serving tea (and cocktails), plus dim sum, sandwiches, cakes and pastries. If the weather’s in your favour, ask the hotel to pack you a picnic…

Hotel bar

The Lounge bar occupies Amandayan’s peaceful library, so you can read up on Nahki folklore and traditions while you sip an Amantini: a zingy muddle of Belvedere, lemon bitters and dry vermouth.

Last orders

Dinner and drinks are served at Man Yi Xuan until 10pm; enjoy snacks and tipples in the Tea House until 7pm.

Room service

Order in-room treats between 7am and 11pm. The all-day menu includes Western options – sandwiches, burgers, pasta, poached trout – alongside set Chinese dishes: soup, salads, rice and vegetable or meat mains.


Photos Amandayan location
29 Shishan Road,Gucheng District


The closest airport is Lijiang Sanyi, 30 kilometres away (a 40-minute drive from the hotel). You’ll need to fly into Shanghai or Kunming first, then pick up a connecting flight. Hotel transfers are around £95 a car, for a single trip.


Lijiang Railway Station is a half-hour drive from the hotel, with services connecting to Kunming, Dali and Qujing; transfers can be arranged (around £53 a car, one way).


Lijiang is a five-minute drive away from the hotel; there’s a free on-site car park when you arrive.

Worth getting out of bed for

Try one of the hotel’s free yoga or Pilates sessions, held every day in the fitness centre. You can also request a private session, or be taught tai chi. Catch a flick at Amandayan’s cinema, which has a 42.5sq m screen and 32 bottom-pleasing leather seats. Each day at 4pm, there’s a film screening for all guests; you can also book the cinema exclusively for private showings. Stroll through the grounds and gardens, admiring the peaceful courtyards and their blooms, which include magnolia, crabapple, Japanese camellia and more. Learn to write the Dong-ba (local alphabet) with a calligraphy class at the hotel; watch a guzheng (zither) performance on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Immerse yourself in local culture with the help of a show: Impression Lijiang Ethnic Show is an outdoor performance of song and dance, staged by the famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Pick from a morning or afternoon show; Jade Snow Mountain provides a breathtaking backdrop to both. Similarly, Lijiang Qian Gu Qing Show is an entertaining celebration of Nahki culture; performances take place outside, on Yuxin West Road, in Yulong. Perfect your swing at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf at Ganhaizi. Read up on Nahki culture in Amandayan’s peaceful Lounge and tick off different brews in the Tea House. Explore Lijiang’s Unesco-listed Old Town, paying a visit to the Wangu Pavilion: a masterpiece of Qing Dynasty Architecture, decorated with more than 10,000 dragon carvings.

Local restaurants

Try local hotpots, rice noodles, baba roti bread and more at Li Shui Hui on J-Life Street, Lijiang. LaMu’s House of Tibet has a menu that’s broader than its name suggests: tick off Tibetan classics as well as Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French and American dishes at its dining room on Jishan Lane in Lijiang. If you’re keen to sample the famous local mushrooms, pay a trip to Restaurant One, aka Yi Restaurant, which is tucked away on Renli Road, the quietest street in Shuhe Old Town.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rural hotel in China and unpacked their tea and embroidered silks, a full account of their mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Amandayan in Lijiang…

According to legend, doomed lovers once threw themselves off Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, in order to escape the imprisonment of unwelcome arranged marriages. You won’t have to do anything so dramatic, although you can admire the mighty mountain at every turn: from Amandayan’s tranquil Tea House, from your romantic room, from the elegant restaurant and from the peaceful grounds and courtyards, home to a carefully preserved palace. In accordance with Aman’s love for locality, Amandayan is inspired by the culture of the Nahki people, one of the diverse ethnic groups who have called Lijiang home for centuries. Watch a traditional guzheng performance in the library; sample hotpots pepped up with the famous local funghi; go home schooled in the art of calligraphy or tai chi. You can even experience Tao healing rituals – cupping; warm-bamboo massages and more – in the dreamy spa. From China, with love.

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