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Keeping Traditions Alive at Songtsam Linka Lijiang (Sponsor Post)

February 11, 2020

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2020 Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about another one of their stunning retreats below!

Instead of the touristic and commercialised old town of Lijiang, Songtsam's Linka Lijiang retreat is located at a nearby small Naxi-ethnic village named Ciman, where the traditional way of living still thrives. Surrounded by pinewoods and a pear garden, Songtsam Linka Lijiang offers spectacular views of the old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Lashi Lake. The hotel’s design is grand in appearance and has an interior layout in the style of a Naxi courtyard that is decorated with exquisite Hui-style stone sculptures. The property also exhibits a unique combination of Naxi-Dongba, Chinese-Hantang, and Tibetan influenced art. 

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Lijiang is a prefecture-level city with an elevation of 2,400m in northwest Yunnan, China. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge. This unique geographic location significantly influences its major inhabitants, the Naxi people, on every aspect of their lives from local politics, customs, and beliefs, to art, architecture, and cuisine. The people of the area absorb the cultural characteristics of Han-Chinese and Tibetans, but at the same time are firmly rooted in their own Dongba origins and traditions. The old town of Lijiang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the last surviving ancient towns in China.