Amanyangyun | forest sanctuary near Shanghai

Amanyangyun will soon be born as the newest Amanresort. Scheduled to open in this autumn, the resort represents the culmination of a decade of collaboration between Aman and a Chinese philanthropist, intent on preserving remarkable artifacts of Old China.

Far away from Shanghai in rural Fuzhou, in Jiangxi province, the government was finalizing plans to construct a needed reservoir. The unfortunate consequence would have been the destruction of an ancient camphor forests and historic villages. A wealthy native of Fuzhou had other thoughts. He designed a plan to save these remnants of ancient Chinese heritage. The project involved relocating 10,000 trees and 50 Ming- and Qing-dynasty villas to Shanghai.

Each of ten thousand ancient trees was moved to Shanghai by truck; miraculously, 80% of them survived. 50 Ming- and Qing-dynasty villas were disassembled and painstakingly reconstructed, brick by ancient brick. The result is Amanyangyun, adjoining the forest. Guests will have the choice of staying in a contemporary Club Suite or an antique Villa.

A remarkable finish to a trip to China, I can especially see business travelers enjoying a two night stay in the country before flying back home. I will publish the Virtuoso amenities, once they have been announced.

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