Very Good 1219 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Most rooms have private outdoor jet or plunge pools, well heated even during the snowiest Himalayan days
  • The exceptional setting in the shadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is believed by locals to hold magical powers
  • Naxi architectural details, like the upturned phoenix roof and high-walled courtyards, create an authentic, romantic ambience
  • The hotel’s drivers know exactly where to bring guests for the most photogenic vistas of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the surrounding Naxi villages, lakes and mountains

What To Know

  • Book two nights in a Two Bedroom Mountain View Duplex, a Two Bedroom Mountain View Jet Pool Villa, a Three Bedroom Mountain View Jet Pool Vill or a Three Bedroom Mountain View Pool Villa and receive RMB 1000 in hotel credits to spend on food and beverages, at the spa or on transportation. Valid for stays through December 31 2016. Book by December 30 2015
  • A 10 percent per night hotel service charge will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • There are plans to add an indoor heated pool, a larger gym and a new Chinese restaurant with private dining rooms
  • The hotel is near the grim, congested, modern city of Lijiang
  • Travelers planning to explore higher into the Himalayas should acclimate here at the still-breathable altitude of 7,900 feet above sea level
  • In winter the Chinese expression tai leng lets the smiling but not always bilingual staff know you’re too cold


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

At the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, in the grassy fields outside Lijiang in Yunnan Province, in the southwest of China, this 122-room compound is like a city unto itself. A high stone wall made of local pink stone and gray brick and fringed by bamboo stalks surrounds the collection of suites, villas and townhouses, the undulating roofs of which rise in the phoenix-tipped curves of Naxi architecture.

A series of interconnected courtyards and a network of canals lead to a central pavilion where an exquisite three-tier wooden pagoda, intricately carved under round Naxi tiles, is surrounded by weeping willows hung with bold red lanterns.

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At dinner guests can mingle with local dignitaries at Bai Yun, a refined Chinese restaurant that serves healthy steamed dishes that appeal to travelers (like me) who are eager to avoid MSG and heavy sauces. The property’s second, more casual eatery, Ming Yue, serves the usual array of Italian and American fare and has an impressive breakfast spread. In the winter the Wen Hai bar becomes a central attraction thanks to a big fireplace with plenty of cozy couches.

My favorite meal was a private Naxi hot pot dinner in the central pagoda. My friends and I lounged on canopied daybeds while the restaurant team went to work. It was one of our trip’s most romantic memories, and the best food I ate during my stay here.

How to Get There

Banyan Tree Lijiang
Yuerong Road, Shuhe
Lijiang, 674100 China


4.5 Very Good 1219 Reviews
comfortable hotel
Reviewed 5 days ago

I like to stay banyan tree hotel when travel. I like the nature, silent, and essence oil of banyan tree.
I stayed LIJIANG banyan tree hotel during May 10~12 3nights. I spent happy times and let me felt refreshing.but just a little comment for reception staff, she is not a professional staff,could not solve our request and waste our time to check out. maybe need more training as new staff.

A unique, gorgeous experience
Reviewed 6 days ago

This resort - which is the best word for it - impresses from the moment you walk in through the elegant entryway to be greeted by a pagoda and reflecting pool set against the backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Staff are friendly, courteous and helpful and work hard to make sure your stay goes as smoothly as possible. The room we stayed in - a jet pool villa - was one of the most beautiful either my wife or I have experienced. The design is creative and inspiring, and there were times when we were tempted to just spend the whole day relaxing at the Banyan Tree.

We booked the special dinner under the pagoda, which was also an incredible and truly unique way to enjoy an evening. I can highly recommend it.

A special thanks to all the following staff who helped make our visit so special:
* Lay, for arranging our room and generally ensuring our whole stay was so nice
* Lisa and Sue, for all their help with the menu for our pagoda dinner
* Rita and Rose, for their lovely service during the pagoda dinner
* Jennifer, for her professional service and truly great tips about local sights and culture
* Ariel for her advice on local activities and tours.

Thanks to all of you!

A True Yunan Experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The property is close to one of the old town. One of the best decisions we made was going with the Banyan Tree tour desk and hiring their car to visit local attraction. A special thanks to William and the entire Banyan Tree Lijiang family!

Restful village
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a villa overlooking the jade mountain. The hotel is set up like a Chinese village with many small villas dotted along pretty lanes with streams running parallel. Our.villa had it's own plunge pool and small garden with a veranda to enjoy watching the sunset. Food was good and location very close to a charming village called Shuhe. We ate at the 1 Restaurant in Shube which was fantastic - try book the balcony if it's free. Jenny is very friendly and the food is great.

Luxury escape yet conveniently located
Reviewed 1 month ago

Feel of the property is one of quiet seclusion and private villas further enhance guests privacy. Yet, the property is just a few blocks away from one of the smaller yet rather more upscale and less touristy cluster of ancient town neighborhood...There you can find excellent selection of restaurants and shops. Staff and service were both excellent