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Why we like it
- Songtsam Benzilan is set in between Shangri-La and Meili
- 10 spacious deluxe rooms
- A road was only built in 2008 connecting Benzilan with the rest of the world
- A small boutique property all housed under one Tibetan style house
- One cosy restaurant and a bar
- Activities on offer include guided hiking along mountain trails, visits to different villages, local families, handicraft work shops and Dongzhulin monastery.
Spend an afternoon in the meditation room reflecting and finding your peace of mind in this beautiful valley.
Debbie Rawnsley provided us with excellent service throughout our entire booking experience - from our first conversation with her right up to our departure. Debbie understood immediately what we wanted from our once in a lifetime trip to China - the destinations and the experiences. Her knowledge of China is outstanding and we felt we were in excellent hands from the beginning. Similarly, she was very patient and helpful
- MS, London
Located in a small green valley is Songtsam Benzilan. The villagers who live in these villages are very friendly and live by their traditions. The town of Benzilan was one of the most important stops of the Ancient Tea and Horse trail, which was the trade route that linked Southwest China to India.
If guests want to be adventurous then taking a picnic with you for a day hiking in the mountains is a lovely way to spend the day, alternatively one can relax in the beautiful gardens enjoying a cup of fresh tea. There is a library in the main area, and there is complimentary internet access in the public areas only.
All the deluxe rooms boast fabulous mountain views and are all en suite with rainforest showers.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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