NEXT STOP: HANGZHOU
The relaxation continues at your next destination, Hangzhou. Prepare to be at one with nature. Hangzhou Rose Garden Resort wrapped in a traditional water garden, this luxury resort is perfectly placed for exploring China’s ancient former capital, Hangzhou. Or stay at Muh Shoou Xixi Hotel, where every element is connected to the landscape it belongs to. Flowing lines, pools of water and open-sided structures bring a sense of the outdoors in – as does weather-worn stone, wooden accents and water-washed marble features. Step inside, circling ancient persimmon trees, into a boutique hotel that’s truly a part of its setting.
Marco Polo called it the ‘city of heaven’. And, with its beautiful lake fringed with willow trees and historic temples, it’s easy to see why. Spend your days soaking up the views from the water, or strike out into the surrounding countryside. Options for a picturesque day trip include Lingyin temple, with its Buddha statues carved into the cliff-face. Suggested stay 3 nights.
A PIT STOP IN: NANJING
One of the four historical capitals of China, Nanjing is brimming with cultural charm. Famous for its mountains, rivers and architecture, it’s a region of great beauty and history. It’s also one of the few Chinese cities that still has city walls, with four sections enclosing the ‘Forbidden City’ right at the centre. Stay at the impressive boutique retreat The New Jingli Hotel. Suggested stay 2 nights.