Chengdu, China

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Rates per night from$227.88

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY1,530.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


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Mighty Tao mountain

As its name suggests, Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain puts you right beside its eponymous attraction (for better views, you’d need to bring a tent and brave the wilds). That would be bonkers, given this eco-conscious crowd-pleaser’s lengthy list of charms: an indoor pool, a trio of restaurants, a qi-aligning spa, a space-themed bar, a traditional tea lounge, organic gardens, bamboo-and-wood-graced rooms and a fleet of resident panda experts. Beyond your boutique basecamp, Panda Valley, Unesco-listed Dujiangyan city and unspoiled villages beckon.

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Photos Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain facilities

Need to know


A total of 113, including 102 suites.


Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $227.88 (CNY1,530), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.


In addition to its trio of restaurants (and in keeping with its mock-village feel), the hotel has a series of food and drink ‘shacks’, including Wok Mee Shack, C+T Shack, a tea lounge and Farm2Straw Juice Bar.

At the hotel

Courtyard and organic kitchen gardens; tea house; snacks and dessert shacks; rooftop relaxation studio; spa; two pools; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re here with a gang, book out one of the villas (we loved their private entrances and sense of space and privacy). For easy access to the hotel’s courtyard, pick a room on the first floor; if you prefer a balcony with views, opt for second-floor sleeping quarters.


The pretty indoor pool is housed in a beamed building with a fleet of sunloungers.


Experience Taoism’s healing powers at the Six Senses Spa, whose treatments champion Amala products. Opt for the signature Daoyin Tao massage, try cupping, acupuncture or a shen, jing or qi spa ritual. Ask for lifestyle and holistic advice from the visiting practitioners, who offer personal consultations. The spa is open from 10am–10pm daily (the latest treatment slot is 9pm). Post-treatment, continue the health kick with a ginseng, ginger and bee-pollen juice from Farm2Straw Juice Bar.

Packing tips

The region is prone to drizzle, so bring a raincoat. Don’t fork out on plug adaptors at the airport – the hotel has a stash.


If you like a good brew, be sure to swing by the tea lounge, where you can experience a traditional tea ceremony. There’s also C+T Shack, where a variety of teas are on sale; try before you buy (and add a slice of cake or a pastry while you’re at it).


Six Senses is very welcoming to your cubs, with a free kids club, indoor and outdoor play areas and lifeguard-manned pool, and villas with room for the whole brood. Beds or cots can be added to rooms (for an extra cost); babysitting can be arranged.

Best for

Little Smiths aged 1–12 are invited (the hotel reckons it’s best for 6–12-year-olds, though).

Recommended rooms

Opt for one of the two-bedroom villas: some have a kitchen and dining area, some have both of the above, plus a pool. Extra beds (£51 a night) and cots (£18) can be added to all rooms.


There’s a free kids club by the swimming pool, open from 9am–9pm, which has games and entertainment for 1–12-year-olds. Meals aren’t served here, and it’s not used when it’s rainy. The hotel also has two family-friendly pools, an outdoor play area, a garden, an indoor play area and a stash of bikes for little Smiths (and larger ones). Tiny Gordon Ramsays/Nigellas can take part in cookery classes (they'll learn to make delicious cookies), cycle around on borrowed bikes and start perfecting their tennis serve.

Swimming pool

Both the outdoor and indoor pool are family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard.


Six Senses has a stash of on-loan highchairs and bamboo cutlery made for tiny paws.


Staff can arrange babysitting (£6 an hour, per child); be sure to give at least three days’ notice.


In keeping with Six Senses’ signature philosophy of sustainable luxury, its Chengdu outpost purifies and mineralises its own drinking water, which is stored in reusable glass bottles. The hotel also uses a Tesla electric car for airport transfers and has free charging stations. Only earth-kind cleaning products are used; the restaurant champions organic, seasonal food, sourced from its garden or local suppliers.

Food and Drink

Photos Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain food and drink

Top Table

On the balcony at Sala Thai; in a mountain-spying dining room at 28Zodiac. On Saturdays, Farm2Fork offers a ‘chef’s table’ concept, where guests pay what they judge their meal to be worth.

Dress Code

If you’ve a yen to pop a Mandarin collar or wear a cheongsam, now’s as good a time as any.

Hotel restaurant

Enjoy flavour-packed Thai treats – pomelo and prawn salad, tom yum goong, mango with sticky rice and the ilk – at Sala Thai, illuminated by a striking snaking light tube on the ceiling. Request a private dinner on Sala Thai’s rooftop, in an area called the View (for obvious reasons). There’s also Farm2Fork, a barn-style space decorated with tin bowls and vases stuffed with wheat, where dishes highlight bounty plucked from the hotel’s organic garden, plus local meat and fish: trout cooked in coconut, dan dan noodles and wagyu beef short rib, for example. Last but not least, 28Zodiac is a series of minimalist private dining rooms decorated with wooden accents and zingy hits of green. Sichuan cuisine with Cantonese, Shandong and Jiangsu influences is served here: try roast goose or suckling pig, twice-cooked pork, Sichuan gong pao shrimp balls or beef-shank tripe and hot and sour jellyfish. The hotel also has Wok Mee Shack, which serves street food to eat in or takeaway.

Hotel bar

Enjoy creative cocktails and Sala Thai snacks at cosmic Moon Bar, decorated with a huge crescent moon and stars fashioned from rattan. There are six signature libations, including Liang Yao Ku Kou (which means ‘bitter medicine’, but tastes better than it sounds), Qing Cheng Mist, Drunken Uncle, Panda Resting In the Garden and Huasheng & Pijiu (‘peanuts and beer’).

Last orders

All three restaurants close at 10pm; Moon wets whistles between 5pm and 11pm.

Room service

Order treats to your room between 10am and 10pm. Options include soups and starters, salads, sandwiches, Asian classics, noodles and desserts; there’s also a menu tailored to tots’ tastes.


Photos Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain location
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
No.2 Dong Ruan Road Qingcheng Mountain Town


Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is 70km away (a 90-minute drive). Flights from cities in the US connect via Hong Kong, and British Airways operates a direct flight from London five days a week. Hotel transfers can be arranged (£132 one way, for one vehicle with room for four; £264 return).


Qingchengshan Railway Station is a five-minute drive from the hotel (hop on a bullet train here from Chengdu Station). Transfers from Qingchengshan are £12 a vehicle (give staff at least two days' notice of your arrival day and time).


Dujiangyan city is half an hour away by car; the hotel’s car park is a short stroll from the main building. However, unless you want to take a driving test on arrival, driving in China is an extremely tricky affair that requires a local licence (International Driving Permits can’t be used in mainland China). To get around Chengdu, pavement pounding or the cheap and quick Metro are the best options.

Worth getting out of bed for

Try yoga in the hotel’s rooftop studio space; indulge in a soothing spa treatment; go on a tour of the kitchen gardens with the chef. If you’re not afraid of heights, have dinner on the rooftop, with only the clouds (and each other) for company. Pandas are your near neighbours – Panda Valley is a 10-minute drive away. You can also visit a panda breeding centre, informatively named the Dujiangyan Research Centre of Giant Panda Breeding, at Shiqiao. Hike Mount Qingcheng and discover the impressive temples that await within. Explore Tai’an’s cultured Old Town. If you want to learn tai chi, calligraphy or other local skills, ask the staff to arrange a lesson or two. The hotel also holds weekly farmers’ markets in its grounds each Sunday.

Local restaurants

You’ve got three restaurants a stroll from your bedroom, so we’d probably recommend maximising those. If you get cabin fever, sample local flavours and dishes at Shu JiuXiang Hotpot Restaurant at XueFuLu, Dujiangyan, or JunShou Fu at XinYan Kan Middle Section, Dujiangyan.


Photos Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain reviews

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 eco-friendly hotel in China and unpacked their tea and tailored suits, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in Chengdu…

Find us a person that doesn’t like pandas and we’ll eat our conical hat. Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is just a 10-minute drive from China’s famous Panda Valley and staff – including the excellent activities don, Olaf – are expert panda enthusiasts. That’s one big, furry, and black-and-white reason to step outside boutique basecamp; the eponymous mountain – a site of great Taoist significance – is another. However, your reasons to stay inside are also numerous. There’s the hotel’s village-style layout, which puts pretty courtyards and cosy dining shacks at your disposal (don’t miss a traditional tea ceremony or noodle cups, steamed pao and crispy Sichuan parcels at Wok Mee). There’s a pair of pools – one indoor, one outdoor – and a trio of ravishing restaurants, where you can try organic produce from the hotel’s garden (Farm2Fork), Thai flavours (Sala Thai) or Sichuan cuisine (28Zodiac). There’s a spa inspired by traditional Chinese therapies and a bar that serves up cocktails that are rejuvenating and intoxicating in equal measures – just like the hotel.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service and design. There was just a hiccup at checkin when we were told that we only had 1 booking, instead of 2 bookings. The staff team then quickly check with Mr & Mrs Smith to find the correct information and everything else went smoothly thereon.


Stayed on 15 Apr 2018

We loved

The location and the team were first class, in particular Jack Qui (a pro in the making) and the manager, Betty. The Thai restaurant was fantastic however the Chinese restaurant was not a good experience which the hotel management accepted. The location is great for accessing Panda Valley and Qingcheng mountain and the 2000 year old irrigation system. Amazing.

Don’t expect

It's not cheap.


Stayed on 9 Sep 2017

We loved

The proximity to Qing Cheng Mountain and the organic produce farmed onsite. The spa was also very good. Overall the design of the resort was beautifully done, combining both traditional and modern architecture in beautifully landscaped gardens. Hike up Qing Cheng Mountain to the caves at the top for the best doufu in town!

Don’t expect

A big night out at the Moon Bar!


Stayed on 23 Jun 2017