We spent 3 nights in Lijiang and decided to stay 2 nights at Crowne Plaza near the main ancient town and 1 night in Banyan Tree.
There are basically 3 ancient towns in Lijiang. The main Lijiang ancient town is about 15 minutes drive from Banyan tree and where most activity would be. Banyan tree is closer to the other 2 ancient towns which are smaller and quieter. Therefore, if you are after lively night life, this is not quite the hotel for you as you will need to get a cab and get into the main Lijiang ancient town. There is really not that much to do outside the Banyan tree area.
However, if you are after a nice resort with spectacular views and want to chill out, this hotel has a nice pagoda with the snow capped Dragon mountain as a backdrop. The hotel staff are generally friendly and helpful and courteous.
We took the tours to Dragon mountain and Tiger gorge from the hotel and it was really good. William who is the tour manager is extremely friendly and helpful. If you can somehow get him to lead your tour, you will have a really nice guide and nice excursion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the historic charm, rich culture and sweeping landscapes of Lijiang, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Located in the highlands of Yunnan province, the resort is adjacent to the Na'xi minority old town of Shuhe and only a 10 minute drive from the ancient Silk Road town of Baisha. Situated close to the base of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, it is surrounded by high peaks and hidden valleys, making it a photographers dream. Many unique experiences are ready to be enjoyed as you explore the back streets of the ancient towns, traverse the mountainous landscape to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Wen Hai lake, or take a cycle trek through the foothills to remote Yi villages. For a more leisurely experience, indulge in one of the many luxurious treatments available at the world renowned Banyan Tree Spa. With clear blue skies for nine months of the year, enjoy a breath of fresh air and escape to the tranquility of Banyan Tree Lijiang. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Lijiang Hotel Lijiang
- Banyan Tree Hotel Lijiang
- Lijiang Banyan Tree Hotel