Amanyangyun by Aman to open in China autumn 2017
Scheduled to open in autumn 2017 and set in a forest of tranquillity just beyond the bright lights and cosmopolitan bustle of Shanghai, the new retreat is a celebration of nature, an astonishing feat of human endeavour, and a sanctuary to stir the soul.
Located just outside downtown Shanghai, Amanyangyun is a unique forest village of modern and historic Ming and Qing dynasty dwellings, tranquil gardens and an enriching Aman Spa. The result of a monumental decade-long conservation initiative, the resort offers fascinating insights into the life and culture of both contemporary and ancient China.
Amanyangyun sits at the heart of an ancient forest of camphor trees, some over 1,000 years old and more than 100 feet tall. But despite their remarkable age, these trees are new arrivals to the area, the result of one of the most ambitious relocation and restoration projects in China’s history.
Over the last decade, 10,000 camphor trees and 50 Ming and Qing dynasty homes have been painstakingly transferred 700 kilometres to Shanghai from the Jiangxi Province in eastern China where the construction of a reservoir threatened their continued existence. To save them being lost to flooding, Jiangxi-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Ma Dadong led a team of botanists to oversee the extraction of the trees, alongside a team of engineers and specialists in Chinese architecture to disassemble, transport and reconstruct the historic homes from 30 Jiangxi villages.