There are not many offers around the world like the one of the Amanyangyun hotel in China.
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Amanyangyun has a peculiar environment as old as that which surrounded the prolonged Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, but very luxurious, without the “discomforts” of the old days.
The hotel is a luxury destination that according to the magazine specialized in high comfort tourism Condé Nast Traveler is the most “cool” of the new accommodation of its profile in China.
This is what explains the promotion of the place founded in 2017. Its name is related to the word “yangyun” which means “nutritious cloud”. Anam is the name of the company that owns the Amanyangyun and 33 luxury hotels and resorts more in 21 countries.
But Amanyangyun is different because is a really an elite hotel compound in the midst of a vanished era. “Yangyun” is also a reference to a magical gesture of expanding the mental “cloud” with knowledge.
This philosophy, which is still modern in China, gave rise to the history of the Amanyangyun Hotel itself, which, in order to build it, it was necessary first move an entire forest.
When a dam began to be built in Jiangxi Province in 2002, the young real estate entrepreneur Ma Dadong offered to the authorities to eliminate the 10,000 thousand-year-old camphor trees that would remain under the waters and fifty houses of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The trees and unarmed buildings were transported over 700 kilometers to the outskirts of Shanghai. In the chosen site, one of the houses was re-armed and its new interior designed by furniture and antique objects to achieve an environment of spiritual retreat very close to a lake surrounded by a forest with transplanted trees.
A true artistic climate was achieved when the Australian architect Kerry Hill was hired to design around the restored old houses a 21st century hotel that retained the ancient essence of the famous Chinese dynasties.
According to experts, the result was as expected and emerged from an impetuous entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a serious historical and conservationist objective.
The Amanyangyun hotel is currently a complex with 13 villas and 12 residences, 24 suites (at a thousand dollars per night), restaurants, bars and spa and its activities include classes related to Chinese cultural history: calligraphy, painting, music, Incense appreciation and tea making.