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Amanfayun


In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place to explore – a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields, natural forests and lush groves of bamboo. Just a 20-minute drive from the city center, Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore the region’s ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas, countless pagodas and Hangzhou’s famous silk and shopping streets. The resort features the original village layout, with a 600-meter main thoroughfare, the Fayun Pathway.

Amanfayun lies hidden in a valley to the west of West Lake. The 20-minute drive from the center of Hangzhou takes one along densely wooded bamboo and tree-lined avenues, past the botanical gardens and inner waterways of West Lake, to the temples and village of Tianzhu. The resort lies just beyond Tianzhu, below North Peak and adjacent to Lingyin and Yongfu Temples. This Hangzhou luxury boutique resort is comprised of 47 stone courtyard dwellings designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, a few of which are more than 100 years old. In 2003 The Hangzhou Bureau of Landscape and Cultural Relics became involved in the restoration of the village, and in 2008 Amanresorts was approached to manage an area zoned for resort development. Amanfayun and its surrounding tea fields occupy an area of 14 hectares.

Access to Amanfayun’s Reception House is via a narrow roadway that is bordered by thick forest and groves of bamboo. From there a trail leads to Fayun Pathway, the main walkway running the full extent of the property and connecting guest accommodation (courtyard dwellings) to other facilities. The dwellings in some cases date back more than a century and have been reconstructed using traditional methods. Roofs are clay tile, whilst walls are constructed of brick and earth and lighter timber structures. Interior floors are stone tiles whilst stone pathways connect the lodgings.

Fayun Pathway extends 600 meters and also provides access to the Restaurant, the Steam House eatery, the Hangzhou House eatery, the Tea House, the Vegetarian House eatery, Aman Spa and a boutique. Bordering the property to the east is a small stream that runs from south to north. The stream was once the focal point of daily village life where the villagers would gather in the late afternoon to bathe and exchange gossip after a day spent working in the tea fields. Natural flora surrounding the resort is a combination of tea bushes, bamboo and indigenous trees including the fragrant Sweet Osmanthus, Magnolia, Camphor, Chinese Horse Chestnut, Common Fig, Chinese Ash and Waxberry.

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Room Information

Amanfayun offers 42 rooms, suites and villas located within the property. Due to the unique nature of the structures, no two rooms are identical. Without compromising the integrity of the dwellings, all accommodations enjoy the comforts of radiant under-floor heating, air conditioning and internet connectivity. All furniture is freestanding and includes daybeds, sofas, dining suites and floor and desk lamps. Fine calligraphy art pieces decorate the walls and a sound system is available in all rooms. Televisions and iPod or iPhone docks are available on request. Most accommodation units open to private or semi-private courtyards with informal outdoor dining and lounging areas.

Village Rooms
The sixteen Village rooms measure on average 66 square meters. Each has a king-sized bed, daybed, writing desk and bathroom with shower, toilet, twin vanities and dressing area. 

Village Suites
There are a total of nine Village Suites, measuring on average 88 square meters. These are furnished in a similar way to the Village Rooms, however some have separate bedrooms and others have twin writing desks or daybeds. 

Deluxe Village Suites
The twelve Deluxe Village Suites measure on average 135 square meters. Around half of these suites feature a duplex configuration with the bedroom and bathroom located above the living room. Seven of the Deluxe Village Suites enjoy their own private double massage treatment rooms, most with additional shower facilities. 

Village Villas
There are four Village Villas - Camphor, Magnolia, Bamboo and Tea. Each measures on average 204 square meters and features a duplex configuration with private double massage treatment rooms. 

Amanfayun Villa
The Amanfayun Villa comprises two king-sized bedrooms. Each has an en suite bathroom and the master bedroom has a private sitting area. The residence is spread over two levels, measures 290 square meters, and includes an enclosed courtyard and an intimate reading area. Also included is an expansive lounge with a dining area and twin daybeds, as well as a private massage room.
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Things To Do

Hangzhou's West Lake: Surrounded by verdant hills, West Lake’s shores and causeways are lined with fragrant trees and lotus blossoms and its beauty is revered countrywide. Not only famous for its picturesque landscape, West Lake is also associated with many of China’s scholars, national heroes and revolutionary martyrs hence the fact that it is one of the most visited sites by domestic travelers today.

Formed from what was originally an inlet of the Qiantang River, the lake was created in its current form by the silting of the river in the 4th century. Covering eight square kilometers, the circumference is around 15 kilometers and the average depth is 2.27 meters. The lake is divided by Gu Shan, Bai, Su and Yanggong Causeways into five areas. These are Outer West Lake, West Inner Lake, North Inner Lake, Little South Lake and Yue Lake. Outer West Lake is the largest of the five. The lake also boasts a large natural island known as Gu Shan or ‘Gu Hill’, as well as three smaller man-made islands.

With its historic bridges, pagodas, islands and gardens, West Lake can be visited at any time of the day although it is at its most peaceful early in the morning. A number of traditional wooden row-boats are available to take guests to both well-known and lesser-known attractions. During the cooler months, a wonderful way to explore the lake shore is by bicycle. The West Lake was recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Six Harmonies Pagoda: Completed during the Northern Song Dynasty in 970 AD, Liuhe Pagoda or ‘The Pagoda of Six Harmonies’ was built with the intention of restoring balance between the six directions of the universe – north, south, east, west, heaven and earth – to counteract the devastating destruction of the Qiantang River tidal bores. Destroyed itself by warfare in 1121, the pagoda was rebuilt during the Southern Song Dynasty in 1165. Additional exterior eaves were added during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Situated on the north bank of the river, the octagonal brick-and-wood structure is today one of China’s most significant pagodas preserved from ancient times. Towering 60 meters above the slopes of Moon Disc Hill, the pagoda has 13 stores, each offering excellent views of Qiantang River and the outer regions of Hangzhou City.

Just behind the pagoda is an extensive garden with miniature pagodas hidden amongst the trees. The Chinese Pagoda Exhibition Park was opened in 1993 and features over 100 replicas of famous pagodas from all over China. Tastefully designed, it offers a tranquil setting in which to wander.  

The Tea Museum: Hangzhou is often lauded as the “Tea Capital of China” for its excellence in tea cultivation, education and culture, and the hills surrounding West Lake produce the world famous Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea. A visit to the National Tea Museum, just a few minutes’ drive from Amanfayun, will explain the many fascinating aspects of tea cultivation and its importance in the history of China. Different teas can also be sampled to enhance the experience. Situated in an expansive garden setting, the museum is made up of several separate buildings around a number of tranquil ponds and pavilions. The traditional Tea House on the property is an inviting venue for experiencing a traditional tea ceremony with scenic views.

Festivals: China is renowned for its many festivals and celebrations. Amongst the most important are Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) and Mid-Autumn Festival. Hangzhou also has its own colorful festivals that are unique to the city. The West Lake Pilgrimage Fair, West Lake Lotus Festival, West Lake Osmanthus Festival, Qiantang Tide Watching Festival and West Lake International Fireworks Show are the best known.
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Price Guide

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Price per person, per night.