Camphor Forests And Historic Abodes: Amanyangyun, Shanghai

Officially opened on 8 January this year, Aman’s fourth property in China Amanyangyun is nothing short of a feat in logistics, engineering and passion for history.

Located just outside Shanghai, Amanyangyun sits in a forest of thousand-year-old camphor trees, with villas and buildings which were once Ming and Qing dynasty homes.

The impressive view from the exterior of Amanyangyun’s antique villa

Worth appreciating is that the forest of 10,000 trees and the historic buildings had originally been dismantled, uprooted and transported 700 kilometres from Jiangxi Province, where the construction of a reservoir had threatened their existence. This amazing feat was undertaken by a team of experts in an initiative led by Jiangxi philanthropist Ma Dadong.

The dining terrace at Aman’s fourth outlet in Shanghai

Now, the reassembled homes form Amanyangyun, comprising four-bedroom villas and one-bedroom club suites that feature fireplaces and courtyards, designed by Kerry Hill Architects. The most spectacular of these historic buildings is what is now Nan Shufang, the heart of the hotel and an activity space where guests can enjoy cultural pursuits like calligraphy and the Chinese tea ceremony.

The bar, one of the facilities at Amanyangyun,

Amanyangyun also boasts six dining outlets, including the Chinese Restaurant and Lakeside Cafe, a luscious spa and two swimming pools. Blending the old and the new, Amanyangyun is an indulgent base for relaxation or to explore nearby Shanghai, the historic towns of Suzhou, Hangzhou and the canal town of Zhujiajiao.

EDIT: Amanyangyun officially opened its doors on 8 January 2018.


This was first published in Wine & Dine’s October 2017 issue – The Seafood Issue, ‘Traveller’

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