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.
Banyan Tree Ringha is in China’s Yunnan province, in a mountainous area that has been officially designated “Shangri-La” by the Chinese government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally. The architecture reflects the local Tibetan culture: the 32 spacious lodges and suites are traditional Tibetan farmhouses with intricate woodcarvings, enormous pine pillars, smoky fireplaces and wooden balconies that have valley or river views. There are three restaurants to choose from: Llamo, which serves Chinese and Western dishes, Chang Sa, for Tibetan specialties, and Jakhang, a cozy teahouse with a large fireplace and an encyclopedic collection of teas. The Ringha has a divine Banyan Tree spa and a business center, but no fitness center or pool. The Shangri-La Airport (DIG) is a half-hour drive from the hotel.