Behind every myth is at least a grain of truth - a comforting thought for someone in search of James Hilton's evasive Shangri-La. In his acclaimed novel "Lost Horizon" Hilton masterfully describes a distant and secluded hideaway of great beauty and peacefulness, a remote paradise on earth hidden in a Tibetan valley of snow-capped mountains, where harmony reigns, where the gods walk among the people, and where man and nature embrace. A utopian dream perhaps or surprisingly close to reality?All lodges are traditional Tibetan farmhouses with intricate woodcarvings, fireplaces and wooden balconies with valley or riverviews.Banyan Tree Ringha opened in China's Yunnan province in September 2005, a mountainous area that has been designated as the official Shangri-La by the Chinese government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally. At 3,600 meters above sea level, the setting is spectacular with day-trips and overnight excursions taking you to divine mountain peaks touched by the clouds, awe-inspiring ridges, deep canyons, torrential rivers, mystical plateaus, endless valleys, crystal-clear streams and the most tranquil of lakes.In true Banyan Tree style, the resort architecture reflects the local Tibetan culture. All lodges are traditional Tibetan farmhouses with intricate woodcarvings, smoky fireplaces and wooden balconies that have valley or river views. Impressive pine pillars add enormous character to both the interior and exterior of each house. And of course, there is the heavenly Banyan Tree Spa.
Hotel Address:Location Summary
- Banyan Tree Ringha
- Hong Po Village, Jian Yang Town
- Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
- Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province 674400
Banyan Tree Ringha in Yunnan province is the ultimate secluded hideaway. At 3,200metres above sea level, the setting is certainly spectacular. Each season has its unique charm, from serene winters to fresh and vibrant summers. With such a kaleidoscope of seasonal experiences, outings are far from the ordinary. The landscape can be explored by taking short day-trips and overnight excursions to divine mountain peaks, awe-inspiring ridges, deep canyons, torrential rivers, crystal-clear streams and tranquil lakes. In true Banyan Tree style, the resort architecture reflects the local Tibetan culture.
Directions to Hotel
- Take a plane to Kunming International Airport, followed by an internal 40-minute flight to Diqing Airport in Shangri-La. The hotel is half an hour by car from Diqing Airport. * * * Diqing Airport has weekly flights to Lhasa, Tibet.
Banyan Tree Ringha is blessed with a pristine setting in the heart of Shangri-La, Yunnan, China. Each season has its unique charm. Decked in white, winter scenery is at its most serene. Flowering azaleas and rhododendrons transform spring meadows into a delightful sea of color. Summer sees everything in the freshest of greens, while autumn hues turn the forests into a canvas of flaming reds and orange. With such a kaleidoscope of seasonal experiences, soft-adventure is the natural way of exploring the highland flora and fauna, especially via trekking and horse riding. At the same time, Banyan Tree Ringha offers cultural discovery. Songzanlin Monastery and Ringha's Temple of the 5 Wisdom Buddhas provide a fascinating introduction to the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, from simple meditative prayer ceremonies performed daily by the lamas to elaborate mask dance festivals celebrated only on auspicious occasions.
Baby cots are available.
Awaken your senses to the aroma of essential oils and the soft touch of our professionally trained spa therapists. Take in the goodness of special spa treatments that have been inspired by sacred Himalayan beliefs, Chinese Tui Na and the ancient Chinese Five Elements philosophy. At Banyan Tree Spa, you may just find a true sense of Shangri-La.
Start your journey of discovery with our four full-day treks, which are done either on foot or horseback. All treks are accompanied by an experienced guide, who will share his knowledge and love for Tibetan culture, religion, village life and the local flora and fauna with you.
Ringha Lodge - When traveling through Shangri-La, nothing compares with calling an authentic Tibetan farmhouse your home. Ringha Lodge was built as the private residence of a Tibetan villager, his family and his livestock; it was taken apart, reassembled in its present location and renovated to the highest specifications preserving its historic charm. It's a personal hideaway that's ideal for a family or group of four, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wonderfully atmospheric living area and an enchanting courtyard. *** The Tibetan Spa Suite - After a day's trekking in the mountains there is nothing more divine than returning to the resort and pampering yourself with an indulgent spa treatment in the lazy comfort of your own suite. With a luxurious wooden bathtub and private couple spa treatment room, this spacious one bedroom suite offers the ultimate in rejuvenation. *** Tibetan Lodge In true Banyan Tree style, Ringha's architecture evokes a sense of place and reflects the local Tibetan culture. All lodges are traditional Tibetan farmhouses that have been painstakingly re-built and feature intricate woodcarvings, cozy fireplaces and wooden balconies that have valley or river views. Impressive pine pillars add enormous character to the two-bedroom lodge. *** Tibetan Suite - Savor the rustic charm of the one-bedroom Tibetan Suite, which blends the cozy setting of a Tibetan cottage in the countryside with contemporary colors and furnishings. It's the perfect retreat after a day of cultural and spiritual discovery. You can admire the scenery from your private terrace or indulge in a rejuvenating bath in the handcrafted wooden hot tub of the bathroom.
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - High Speed Internet
- - Spa Facility
- - Biking, Mountain
- - Ecological Tourism
- - Hiking
- - Horseback Riding
- - Jogging & Running