China is a big country and it seems always complicated to travel, to understand the culture or to know where to go in China. Secret Retreats team in China (Yinxingjia) has selected for you a collection of boutique hotels, mainly in the Southern Yunnan province, but also expanding to some culturally rich destinations around the country, from Tibet to the Yangtze Delta. The selection aim to show the true warm Chinese hospitality, not from the big cosmopolitan megalopolises, but the genuine countryside, its ancient traditions, beliefs, arts and artisans. Only a few boutique hotels are preserving that culture: we have discovered and tested them for you.

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Collection Around Yunnan

Baisha Boutique Hotel

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Located just outside Lijiang, in the quiet Baisha old town and offering spectacular views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Boutique Hotel allows you to immerse yourself fully in the local Naxi Minority life. Dress in local costume to join Naxi Weddings, hike in nearby mountains and villages, listen to interesting talks about local legends, love stories, religions, make your own handicrafts or join in a traditional bonfire celebration.
Designed by the architect Yoshimasa Tsutsumi, Baisha Boutique Hotel harmoniously blends traditional Japanese style and Naxi minority symbols, offering guests comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces to take part in the local activities or enjoy a relaxing moment on their own.

Rate: from CNY 3,000 for 2 persons /night

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The rooms are spacious, the room size starts from 38 square meters, equipped with a study, a living area, a super king-size bed, a large bath tub, separate shower and toilet, a safe, a sofa, tea table and tea wares, each room can have free access to Wifi.

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Lijiang and the Naxi people are known for their rich intangible cultural heritages. Our retreat offers unique experiences with local scholars, Dongba religious experts, and local artisans sharing their knowhow for ceramics, tea culture, dances around bonfires or folk tales.

Dali Sunyata Boutique Hotel

Dali Sunyata Boutique Hotel
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Experience the ancient city of Dali. Situated right near the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple and designed by a young architect, this modern style hotel featuring concrete, wood, and stone, is set in the heart of the peaceful old town. Each room has a theme, inspired by local history and traditional lifestyle. The butler will assist in customising excursions including a picnic breakfast amid nature, hikes in the mountains, meditation in a bamboo forest, and tea ceremonies.

Rate: from CNY 980 for 2 persons /night

 

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Starting at 30sqm, these spacious rooms feature high ceilings, large windows facing the garden, and contemporary furniture. Each guestroom has its own design and style, but all are equipped with a king-size bed, large bathtub, separate shower, safe, sofa, and free Wi-Fi access.

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The Café serves dishes made from seasonal produce. Daily breakfast and dinner are included in your stay.

Linden Commons

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Situated in the quiet village of Xizhou just 20 km north of Dali, this 3,600sqm metre boutique hotel is a restored local Bai heritage building dating back to 1939. Each room is uniquely decorated with items handpicked by the owners that reflect their appreciation for Chinese culture. The complex offers large guestrooms, a beautiful garden, a cooking school, café, library, a terrace that looks out over the mountains, and two spacious inner courtyards for private seclusion.

Rate: from CNY 850 for 2 persons /night

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There are three room categories; Queen or Twin rooms, and Junior Suites, which offer the comfort of a home in a traditional Chinese setting. The suites are adorned with large Buddhist frescoes.

Restaurant
The restaurant serves local seasonal dishes either in the dining room, garden or terraces. There is also a cooking school where guests can learn to make traditional, regional dishes. Yunnan Cuisine is famous all around China, with hot, spicy flavours influenced from neighbouring Sichuan. The lands around Erhai Lake are very fertile yielding two crops a year (rice, wheat, beans, rape, and maize).

Linden Center

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This boutique hotel stands as an example of Chinese architecture, replete with the Himalayan foothills as a stunning backdrop. Built in 1947, the property was originally used as a military barracks, then later as a hospital. It features 16 guestrooms, a full-service bar, billiards/table tennis room, library, fitness room, kids’ room, and two beautiful terraces that look out over the fields and mountains. Each room is uniquely decorated with items handpicked by the owners that reflect their appreciation for Chinese culture.

Rate: from CNY 880 for 2 persons /night

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There are three room categories; King/Twin rooms, Junior Suites, and a Family Suite with two bedrooms. All are decorated with locally crafted furniture from Dali and stone-finished bathrooms. The suites are more secluded and offer mountain and rice paddyfield views.

Activities
From biking tours to tea plantation hikes, mahjong classes, market visits or horse cart ride around the lake, all activities offer the chance to interact with local people, nature, and indigenous culture.

Shaxi Sunyata Boutique Hotel

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Discover Sidan, a traditional ancient village near the Heihuijiang River that used to be a stopover during the ancient tea-horse road from Yunnan to Tibet. This boutique hotel was designed with natural elements in mind to symbolize the harmony between man and nature. It is tucked away in a traditional residential area so that it looks like a regular home from the outside.

Rate: from CNY 780 for 2 persons /night

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All guestrooms are adorned with solid wood furniture and local handicrafts including bamboo door cabinets, wooden tables, hand-sewn lampshades, and painting showcasing daily life.

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The restaurant serves dishes made from seasonal produce and the chef can customize his dishes to your liking.
 

Collection Around Fujian Province

Tulou Boutique Hotel

Tulou Boutique Hotel
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Located in Taxia village, on the UNESCO Word Heritage list as Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster and Yunshuiyao Scenic Area, Tulou Boutique Hotel is a luxury and experiential hotel, but also a well-protected historic site as well as an active cultural center, showcasing the local Hakka ethnic minority vibrant culture. Around the property, the village has a history of more than 600 years and includes many well-preserved original Tulou Buildings; you can explore the town, the tea rooms, the pottery workshop and observe the people, listen to the Hakka music, admire the sceneries and mountains around.

Designed by the architect Hua Li, Tulou Boutique Hotel comprises 5 rebuilt tulou earth style as a testament to the everlasting spirit of Hakka culture.

Rate: from CNY 2,900 for 2 persons /night

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The rooms are spacious, the room size starts from 34 square meters, equipped with a study, a living area, a super king-size bed, a large bath tub, separate shower and toilet, a safe, a sofa, tea table and tea wares, each room can have free access to Wifi.

Activities
Tulou and the Hakka people are known for their rich intangible cultural heritages. Our retreat offers unique experiences with local artisans sharing their knowhow for Fujian paper cutting, bamboo crafts weaving (hats, baskets), porcelain making… or their secrets to taste a local dark red complex citrus tea or young bamboo shoot delicacies in the forest.

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Collection Around Shanghai & Yangtze Delta

Yangzhou Boutique Hotel

Yangzhou Boutique Hotel
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More than just a place to stay, Yangzhou Boutique Hotel,located near Slender West Lake, is also cultural center, showcasing the prosperity of ancient Yangzhou. Built with more than 1.2 million original black bricks collected over two years, the retreat is a work of art in itself, a miniature walled city designed by Neri & Hu architects. The public and residential areas of the compound are connected by traditional passages while the irregular windows subvert the visual boundaries, making the compound itself a unique blend of architectural innovation and traditional culture.
Whether you like to stay in the peaceful premises of the hotel or walk the surrounding art galleries, workshop and tea rooms, we guarantee you will breath in an authentic Chinese culture like nowhere else.

Rate: from CNY 3,100 for 2 persons /night

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The rooms are spacious, the room size starts from 33 square meters, equipped with a study, a living area, a super king-size bed, a large bath tub, separate shower and toilet, a safe, a sofa, tea table and tea wares, each room can have free access to Wifi.

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Yangzhou is known for its ancient cultural heritage, when it was a commercial and cultural crossroad between the North and South. Our retreat offers unique experiences with local artists, such outstanding Kunqu performers or zither players, but also local artisans sharing their knowhow for gold and silver inlay, seal carving, traditional folding fans making, lacquerware, woodblock printing… You can learn also Yangzhou Opera, tea ceremony or meditation with the monks of the Jianzheng Buddhism Institute.

Homa Moon Lake

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Set in Shanghai’s Baoshan district, Homa Moon lake is located in a large Sculpture park with lake, garden and giants contemporary sculptures all around. The property is an escape to the city hustle and bustle, a retreat for a romantic weekend or to celebrate events.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Tea House. Specialties from Canton, Shanghai and Sishuan are served, paired with a large selection of teas and wines. With the lake in the center, the Sculpture park is divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter zones, showing the interpretation of the four seasons by artists.
 

Collection Around Pingyao, Shanxi

Jing's Residence

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Built 260 years ago by a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant, Jing’s Residence is set right in the centre of the old town of Pingyao. Each of the 15 meticulously renovated guestrooms and suites reflects the residence’s unique character. Decorative features range from ancient carved wooden window frames and timber structural elements to bamboo flooring, and rice paper ceilings.

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Serving local cuisine mainly from Shanxi, local noodles and homemade dumpling. Some western cuisine can be served also. Both chinese and western breakfast can be prepared. The Spa offers therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body care treatments, in one of the 70sqm luxury spa suites.