An hour's drive from Pudong airport lies Amanyangyun, a tranquil woodland sanctuary that will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. This nature rich resort is the fourth Aman destination in China, and the latest expansion in their long list of luxury properties.
But this isn't any other luxury stay. With antique villas and a forest of 10,000 trees relocated from the Jiangxi province in Fuzhou acting as the backbone of Amanyangyun as part of an ambitious 15-year architectural and ecological conservation project, this is an experience that allows you to travel back in time and truly submerge yourself in ancient Chinese culture.
We take an exclusive first look at the resort.
1. First Impressions
The minute the car turned into the sanctuary, it was as if I had left all my troubles behind in the city. The air was serene and the design, minimalist. I was ushered into a spacious lobby that while completely enclosed, had an amazing amount of light streaming through intricate wooden screens.
While the lobby was inviting and cosy, it did not prepare me for the lush greenery that I was about to be greeted with on the other side of their sealed (it was winter after all) doors. My guide dramatically pushed open the heavy doors to reveal verdant trees and blue skies with plenty of natural sunlight streaming in—a feature I soon learnt permeated every living space possible, from the rooms to the restaurants.
As my guide grinned when he noticed the look of amazement plastered on my face, I could tell that the reveal must be one of his favourite things about the job. It would be mine too if I had the privilege to face such stunning scenery every day.