Amanyangyun hotel in Shanghai, China
Sui Sicong


Shanghai, China

When Chinese businessman Ma Dadong discovered that a forest of ancient camphor trees was to be destroyed in China’s Jiangxi province, he embarked on a mission to relocate thousands of them to the outskirts of Shanghai—800 km away—where they now surround 24 Ming Dynasty–style suites and several villas at Amanyangun, which opened in January. The lodging itself also nods to the past, making use of recycled timber and brick from centuries-­old homes. Facilities include a club lounge, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and a variety of sumptuous dining spaces, including a 200-seat banquet hall. Calligraphy lessons and tea ceremonies are available to help guests feel part “of this monumental story,” says Roland Fasel, chief operating officer of Aman. The cost of such inner cultivation starts from around $750 per night (excluding taxes). —Casey Quackenbush

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