Yangzhou, China

Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat

Rates per night from$405.49

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 (CNY2,818.87), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Neri & Hu’s handiwork

Setting

Slender West Lake

Design-fans, prepare to go weak at the knees: Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat in cultured Yangzhou is conceived and constructed by Chinese starchitects Neri & Hu, built around a series of small lakes. The hotel’s modern, minimalist layout riffs on traditional courtyard houses, featuring reclaimed bricks and a deliberate overlap between the outside and in. Cultural activities on offer here range from tea ceremonies, lessons in bonsai gardening and zither-playing, to al fresco yoga, meditation and multi-course feasts showcasing Yangzhou cuisine.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twenty.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $405.49 (CNY2,819), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast (a Continental-style buffet spread), lunch and dinner, plus a range of activities including: seal carving, temple tours, traditional fan making, Chinese-opera performance classes, tea ceremonies, meditation and more.

At the hotel

Lakes and gardens; tea room; gallery; cooking studio; theatre; yoga studio; crafts workshop; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: desk, Chinese tea and coffee, locally sourced bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Be a lady (or lord) of the lake by opting for one of the architecturally dazzling Lake View Rooms, which come with winsome watery vistas.

Packing tips

Since not all the staff are fluent in English, come armed with Google Translate on your phone. Save space in your case for boxes of local tea for the folks back home (or your own tea-cupboard, natch).

Also

Borrow a plug adaptor if you need one.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, but the hotel definitely isn’t designed for tiny tots: some of the paths that lead to rooms are on the rocky side, and buggies aren’t allowed in the restaurant. (The hotel reckons it’s best for Smiths aged nine and above.)

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In balmy weather, sit out on the deck or by the glass windows.

Dress Code

Channel a Chinese-heritage feel with Mandarin collars, lacquered jewellery and tailoring.

Hotel restaurant

Sample typical Yangzhou dishes – including moreish fried rice – at the wood-and-glass-lavished restaurant. Multi-course meals here could include local specialties such as the assorted Chinese cold platter, beancurd ‘hair’ soup, boiled prawns with soy sauce, home-made pork balls and deep-fried Mandarin fish with sweet and sour sauce.

Last orders

Eat and drink at the hotel from 7am until 10pm.

Room service

Order treats to your room during the restaurant’s opening hours.

Location

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Address
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat
1 Baocheng Road, Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
yangzhou
China

Planes

Yangzhou Airport is 50 kilometres away (a 40-minute drive). Let Smith24 sort your flights; hotel transfers cost CNY300 one way, per car.

Trains

Yangzhou Station is a half-hour drive from the hotel, with services connecting to Shanghai, Beijing and other hot spots.

Automobiles

It will take around 20 minutes to get here from downtown Yangzhou; the hotel has plenty of on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

This generous hotel includes an array of horizon-broadening, traditional Chinese activities within its room rates. Try your hand at lacquerware classes, woodblock-printing, fan-making and meditation, or embark on guided tours of the local temples and tombs. In pleasant weather, al fresco yoga can be arranged. Slender West Lake is your scenic neighbour: set off on a stroll around it, then reward your movement with dumplings. Visit Daming Temple (famed for its Buddhist temples, cultural relics and snap-worthy scenery) or peaceful He Garden; they’re both within easy reach from the hotel.

Local restaurants

Feast on steamed dumplings dished up in a frill-free setting at Ye Chun ChaShe in Yangzhou (the pork-and-crab zheng jiaozi have a loyal following). Smarten up for Shang Palace at the Shangri-la Hotel Yanzghou, which serves classic Cantonese and Huaiyan cuisine in an opulent dining room, decorated with traditional Chinese motifs.

Reviews

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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 design hotel in the Hanjiang District and unpacked their tea and bonsai trees, a full account of their Chinese city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat in Yangzhou

If there was a city worth waxing lyrical about, it’s cultured Yangzhou, which straddles the Grand Canal north of the Yangtze River. Yangzhou was once one of the wealthiest cities in China, famed for its prosperous merchants, poets, artists and scholars. Today’s visitors can reap the benefits of the city’s storied past by visiting the gardens, Islamic relics and ancient shrines, or admiring the moon gates and classical bridges that frame Slender West Lake. Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat is rooted in its heritage setting: Chinese architects Neri & Hu have designed a harmonious hotel that riffs on traditional courtyard houses, creating a dialogue between the setting and its interiors. Reclaimed bricks star in the buildings’ façades; wood and glass dominate on the inside; and lake views shine through throughout. This is far more than just a place to rest your head: after a stay here, you could go home mastering in bonsai gardening, zither-playing, meditation, yoga and ceremonial tea-drinking. At the very least, you’ll leave with an appreciation for the local cuisine (in particular, that moreish fried rice)...

 

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