In the historic city of Lijiang, there is an elegant hotel just inside the old town section called the Zen Garden Hotel. They provide luxury accommodations in a state-of-the-art renovated building respecting the traditional Naxi architecture and house design.
What to Experience?
In the historic city of Lijiang, there is an elegant hotel just inside the old town section called the Zen Garden Hotel. Located just 100 metres from the main plaza in old town Lijiang, it is close enough to easily reach the historic section, yet far enough so the noise of the town will not disturb your rest.
The hotel features an open-air central courtyard within which there are trees and water. This is a tranquil area providing a relaxing place and popular meeting area for guests and visitors. The upstairs verandas provide views of the old town Lijiang sky line and roof tops.
There are 16 rooms total, 2 of which are specially decorated with antique furniture, like much of the hotel public space is.
The hotel owners are Naxi and are eager to promote and revive their cultural heritage they organise many events for the guest to enjoy authentic cultural performances, such as live traditional Naxi and Chinese music on Monday and Thursday mornings, or by arrangement, demonstration of Chinese painting and drawing by the owner’s brother in the teahouse.
They can also arrange tours and excursions to all the popular sites such as Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La, Jade Dragon Mountain, Lugu Lake. etc. these tours and excursions can be customized for the adventurous and day tripper.
They will ensure you sample first hand Naxi culture, through visits to local villages, ceremonies and concerts. If you will they can organise for you to observe and participate in Chinese tea ceremonies.
How Does It Help?
The Zen Garden Hotel goes to great lengths to represent local culture and educate visitors on how this is done. The architectural style of the buildings is representative of traditional Chinese style, using local materials such as stone, tile and wood to build everything. Traditional elements such as koi ponds, gardens and a courtyard based on a family-oriented complex of buildings also highlight these traditional characteristics. In 2010, the government of Lijiang awarded the owner, Yumei He with a medal for the cultural heritage of Naxi style in architecture and design. This not only acknowledges their commitment, but also encourages other local businesses to emulate them.
Furthermore, a Naxi family owns the hotel, and they highly value the need to preserve traditional Naxi and Dongba culture. In the evenings, the staff introduce guests to well known Chinese poets, provide Pu’Er Tea that is cultivated in Yunnan and invite local artists to perform traditional music, share their paintings or read poetry.
- 2010 Medal for the cultural heritage of Naxi style in architecture and design by the government of Lijiang
Zen Garden Hotel Lijiang
Shuang Shi Alley 37# Xin Hua Street The Old Town Lijiang Yunnan China 674100