Lijiang, China

Tsingpu Baisha Retreat

Rates per night from$392.69

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY2,724.53), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Naturally Naxi

Setting

Mountain high

Tucked below the majestic Snow Mountain, Tsingpu Baisha Retreat hotel combines the best of nature and culture. Each of the 19 unique rooms is decorated with local elements, prioritising views of fields, mountains and villages. Hike the nearby trails or plan visits with the Naxi people who inhabit the region. The hotel welcomes area artists and craftsmen for workshops and classes, and arranges visits to local villages to share the rich Naxi culture with guests. Continue the cultural immersion with six- and eight-course meals of local dishes that show off the best of Yunnan cuisine.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nineteen.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $392.69 (CNY2,725), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates include all meals and assorted activities.

Also

The hotel doubles as an art gallery, with local works on display all for sale.

At the hotel

Tea room, art gallery, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, free bottled water, desk, coffee-maker, snack basket, local bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is uniquely styled, with its own orientation and view. Book a Premier Room and request the second floor for prime views of Snow Mountain, especially at sunrise.

Packing tips

Bring along postcards from home to share with the local Naxi people on cultural visits to the nearby villages.

Also

The grounds and rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

Children

All ages welcome, but there are no dedicated services for kids, and the grounds would be difficult to navigate with a pram.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On warm days, take a table on the deck.

Dress Code

Hip hiking gear is the norm in the dining room.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant offers six- or eight-course meals showcasing local flavours in traditional and contemporary Chinese preparations that include fish, meats and tofu, along with the herbs and greens that are abundant in Yunnan cuisine. Mushrooms thrive in the damp wooded hills around the the area, so expect plenty of mushrooms, including in stir fries and soups. Hotpots are another favourite local way to warm up in the winter air, and can be served as soups or charcoal-warmed vessels of still-cooking meats and vegetables.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7 to 10.30am, lunch from noon to 2.30pm and dinner from 6 to 10.30pm.

Room service

The full menu is available for delivery during restaurant hours.

Location

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Address
Tsingpu Baisha Retreat
Zhongyi Village, Baisha Old Town, Lijiang city, Yunnan Province, China
Lijiang
China

Planes

The closest airport is Lijiang Sanyi, 30 kilometres away (a 50-minute drive from the hotel). It's not an international airport, but there are plenty of connections through Shanghai and Beijing, among other Chinese cities. Contact Smith24 for transfers.

Trains

Lijiang Railway Station, the second-largest station in Yunnan, is a 40-minute drive from the hotel, with service to Dali, Kunming and Qujing.

Automobiles

There’s free on-site parking for those who opt to drive.

Worth getting out of bed for

Tsingpu Baisha’s prime views of Snow Mountain offer plenty of reasons to wake up each morning, but it’s the impressive lineup of activities that make it worth getting out of bed. The hotel prioritises authentic local experiences, so that guests can immerse themselves in local style, dressing, eating and living like locals.  

The hotel often hosts area scholars and local villagers to lead classes and activities, with a calendar of on- and off-site activities. Hike to the Wenfeng Monastery, tucked into the mountains and home to Tibetan Lamas who can guide meditation. With any luck, there will be a wedding in the local Naxi community. The Naxi weddings involve vibrant costumes, a festive procession and music and dancing. If the timing works out, the hotel can arrange for guests to participate, even providing local attire for the occasion.

Yunnan is famous for its botany, including tea. Guests can visit the Tea & Horse Caravan Road or travel to Yuhu, a secluded village beloved for its natural bounty. Cat lovers should stop by the workshop where local artists make tile cats to perch on the villagers' rooftops as a way to protect each house from evil spirits.

Local restaurants

All meals are included, but there are some nice options in Lijiang. V Sherry is a local favorite for Yunnan cuisine. Lamu's House of Tibet offers traditional Tibetan dishes, including buttered tea and noodle soup. for a break from Chinese food, N's Kitchen offers American and Italian dishes, including burgers and pizzas, with hearty pancake breakfasts

Reviews

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