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Shambhala at the Great Wall

An eccentric fusion of Manchu hunting lodge and Tibetan temple, this retreat comprises 10 rustic stone cottages hidden amongst mulberry trees in a steep-sided valley north of Beijing.
ADDRESS
28, Xiaguandi Village, Yanxi Township, Huairou District, Beijing, China

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Updated on September 3, 2014

An eccentric fusion of Manchu hunting lodge and Tibetan temple, this retreat comprises 10 rustic stone cottages hidden amongst mulberry trees in a steep-sided valley north of Beijing. Admittedly, development in the adjacent village means it's no longer the escape it once was, but you still get a lot for your money: hand-carved four poster beds, luscious organic soaps and a hearty al fresco breakfast on a terrace overhanging a gurgling river. But the big draw is its private access to a spur of Great Wall that scythes right through the hotel grounds. A crumbling, perilously steep stairway takes guests on the same breathless ascent Ming soldiers once undertook to gain speedy access to the battlements high above. Cresting the ridge affords sublime views of the surrounding hills, and a fine spot for a picnic amid wild flowers and dragonflies.

Tel: +86 10 6402 7150

Website: shambhalaserai.com

 

Published on Oct 4, 2010

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