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Aman’s first property in Shanghai is located in an ancient forest

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Text: Amelia Chia

Opening its doors this week to the delight of 'Amanjunkies' around the world, Amanyangyun sees a 15-year conservation initiative come to life

Come 8 January, Aman will have another stunning property to add to its portfolio — the luxury hotel group's fourth in China (after Beijing, Hangzhou, and Lijiang) and first in the vibrant city of Shanghai. Amanyangyun, which means "nourishing cloud", has its name taken from an inscription made on a pavilion in Beijing's Forbidden City three centuries ago.

Part of a 15-year conservation initiative, Amanyangyun's tale harks back to a construction of a new reservoir in Fuzhou. This construction would threaten the existence of thousands of camphor trees and dozens of homes dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty. To preserve these relics, Aman worked together with Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong to transport, replant, and rebuild these trees and antique houses, which now shape the soul of Amanyangyun. Located 27km southwest of Shanghai in a 10-hectare woodland sanctuary with 10,000 trees, Aman's latest resort is set to impress, inspire, and offer a lavish respite.

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"Every Aman has a story to tell and this one is no exception," says Vladislav Doronin, chairman and CEO of Aman. "This project and the many challenges it presented were unimaginable, but we overcame them not only to defy the test of time, but to push the boundaries of traditional hospitality. This resort, a legacy to the past, stands proud as an archive for future generations."

Amanyangyun's tranquil dwellings in a cherished camphor forest — designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the legends behind Aman Tokyo — includes Antique Villas with private pools, Ming Courtyard Suites featuring spacious courtyards, and Aman Residences to own. The brilliant surrounds boasts a cultural complex where one can learn traditional crafts, tea and incense ceremony rooms, and one of the largest and most comprehensive spas in the Aman collection. With 2,840 sqm dedicated to the Aman Spa, it will showcase eight treatment rooms, two double spa suites, two swimming pools, and two private Spa Houses with a host of thermal facilities like a Russian banya and Turkish hammam.

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Here, food lovers won't be disappointed. Amanyangyun's five restaurants and bars — with the likes of Chinese, Italian, and Japanese fare — will offer the finest dishes and a plethora of choices to all guests. Planning for a wedding or a bash to remember? Its banquet room allows for a 200-seat reception with gorgeous floor to ceiling windows, offering inimitable views of a lush bamboo grove.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Amanyangyun.

 

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