A Peaceful Sanctuary Where The Past And Present Meet
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.
When the first guests arrive at Amanyangyun later this year, they will discover an Aman with timeless appeal in an arboreal landscape of lakes and trees - a peaceful sanctuary that is now a living reminder of Jiangxi’s past. The resort is also home to six dining venues, including an all-day dining pavilion, Chinese Restaurant with seven private dining rooms, Club Lounge, informal Lakeside Café, Aman Deli Village Shop, and a 200-seat banquet hall. The resort’s comprehensive Aman Spa, with its idyllic setting is devoted to holistic health, fitness and wellbeing. In addition to its spacious treatment rooms, the spa encompasses extensive thermal facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, two swimming pools and a large yoga and Pilates studio overlooking a reflection pond.
Like its fellow resorts in China – Aman Summer Palace in Beijing, Amanfayun in Hangzhou and Amandayan in Lijiang – Amanyangyun acts as a gateway to the culture, history, natural wonder and diverse appeal of its location. It invites guests to experience the electric urban energy, multinational dining and cultural richness of modern-day Shanghai, the seclusion and tranquillity of the ancient camphor forest, and the signature service and warm welcome that has characterised Aman for almost three decades.
In response the project, spanning over a decade, entailed the disassembling, relocation and restoration of the houses and trees in a bid to preserve China’s vanishing past. A rescue team of botanists, engineers, architects and master craftsmen, the latter of which documented fine architectural details for their later reconstruction, together confronted this challenge.