Also unforgettable was our experience driving through Beijing in an old fashioned motorcycle side car followed by lunch with a local family in their traditional hutong house.
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Banyan Tree Ringha

Why We Love This Hotel :

History: The historic Zhongdian County was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in an early 20th Century James Hilton novel.

Service: This hotel effortlessly melds traditional Tibetan hospitality with the extensive service and attention to detail for which the Banyan Tree brand is famous.

Location: Located in the secluded, almost hidden, valley of “Shangri-La”, the Banyan Tree Ringha is surrounded by breathtaking and majestic scenery seemingly out of a fairytale.

The Banyan Tree Ringha invites its guests to experience a true sense of cultural immersion with its Himalayan spa experience, and in depth tours of the area. Business and meeting facilities are available for corporate retreats and events.

Meeting Facilities

Companies on corporate retreats are well-served at the Banyan Tree, Ringha, with meeting contemporary facilities that incorporate Chinese design elements and plenty of space for large groups.


Discover the beauty secrets hidden in the Himalayas, with spa treatments inspired by traditional Himalayan practices, and the ancient Chinese philosophy of Five Elements. An authentic atmosphere with a strong sense of place and attention to detail will have guests feeling relaxed even before their therapy begins. The highly-trained spa therapists then transport their patrons on a voyage of rejuvenation and renewal through the heights of one of the highest regions on Earth.

The Banyan Tree Ringha offers guests a variety of fantastic dining venues to choose from. Guests may find themselves dining alfresco by a melodious river, or sipping on tea beside a cozy fire. Even the most discerning palates will be thrilled with the tantalizing flavors, textures, and scents that emanate from the highly-trained chef kitchens at Banyan Tree, Ringha.

Chang Sa Bar & Restaurant

This stylish bar and restaurant combines its chic atmosphere with the favourite dishes of Yunnan province. Meals here are as heavy or light as you'd like them to be, and drinks similarly served as stiff or refreshing as your mood permits. A decent selection of Chinese rice wines and sakes are available, along with liquors and other alcoholic beverages.

Highland Romance

The Highland Romance experience is the ultimate in amorous outings, complete with staff-led horseback ride through lush plains, followed by a private tented dining scene seemingly out of a movie. Dine on generous portions served over four courses, with the soothing sounds of the Tibetan plateau in the background.

Jakhang Lobby Lounge

Tea appreciation has a long history in China, and is as much a part of Chinese culture as the Great Wall. Experience the culture of tea first-hand, at Jakhang Lobby Lounge, where guests may sample from hundreds of varieties of tea. Here, guests can learn the intricacies of tea leaves, buds, and brews, in an authentic tea appreciation setting, complete with cozy fireplace.

Llamo Restaurant

Enjoy the company of friends, family, and colleagues in our Llamo Restaurant, where a friendly atmosphere encourages sociability. Guests may dine on a variety of Chinese and Western set meals, served for both breakfast and for dinner.



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