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Like many other high end properties, Songtsam built the lodges away from the tourist craze, in the most beautiful, hand-picked locations;
however, unlike many other high end accommodations, Songtsam never tried or wanted to be separate from the local community. Instead, the lodges are constructed right inside or next to living villages, which creates opportunities for guests to share a special close bond with the vibrant life of the local culture.
Local villagers’ yaks often try to get in the yard to eat the plants and villagers say hello on their way back home. When one steps out of the front door of the Songtsam lodges, they are immersed in the fascinating daily village life
Songtsam Linka Lijiang and Songtsam Choskyi Linka Lhasa are opened in 2017
Songtsam begin to exploit Yunnan-Tibet line.
Songtsam Cizhong lodge opened in 2011
Songtsam Benzilan lodge, Songtsam Tacheng lodge, Songtsam Meili lodge opened in 2011;
Songtsam take travelers on "SONGTSAM CIRCUIT" journey to explore the natural and the unique cultures of the area.
SONGTSAM LINKA RETREAT as the first 5 star Tibetan style hotel opened in 2009
the first Songtsam Shangri-la lodge opened in 2000
Tripadvisor: Traveler's Choice 2018 - Most Romantic Hotels in China (Linka Shangri-la No.3), Best Hotels in China(Linka Shangri-la No.15), Most Valuable Hotels in China (Shangri-La lvgu No.3), Best Small Hotels in China (Shangri-La lvgu No.6)
Tripadvisor: Traveler's Choice 2017 - Small Hotels in China Top25 (Shangri-La No.9)
Jiesu: China Boutique Hotel Top50 (Cizhong No.2)
The Bund: China Best Design Hotel - Best Boutique Hotel (Songtsam Lodges)
China Hotel Association - Baimaduoji is a advanced character & Model Hotel (Shangri-La)
Conde Nast Traveler - Best Scene Maker (Meili), Best Social responsibility Hotel (Tacheng)
City Traveler - Best Boutique Hotels
Travel Info: The WOW Selection - The Travel of Cultural Geography
Travel+Leisure: 2017 China Travel Awards - 2017 China's Best Boutique Hotels
New Voyage: 2017 Top50 Best Hotels in China three-diamond
TripAdvisor, Traveler’s Choice 2016 – Top 10 Small Hotels in China (Tacheng No. 1, Shangri-La No. 3, Meili, No. 9)
Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List 2016 (Meili, Tacheng)
"2015 China's Best Boutique Hotels" of the 12th Golden-Pillow Award of China Hotels(Songtsam linka retreat)
Travel+Leisure,China Travel Awards (Songtsam Cizhong)
New Voyage, Best Hotel&Resort Value Award Top 50 of 2016
World Luxury Hotel Awards,Luxury Hotel-Best Scenic Environment of 2016 (Songtsam linka retreat)
Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List 2015
Golden-Pillow Award of China Hotels 2015
TripAdvisor, Hall of Fame of 2011-2015
TripAdvisor, Certificate of Excellence of 2015
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards – The Best of 2015
New Voyage – Annual Top 50 Hotels of 2015
TripAdvisor, Traveler’s Choice 2014 – Top 25 Hotels in China
TripAdvisor, Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 25 Hotels in China
Conde Nast Traveler, – The Best New Hotels of 2012
Tatler, Travel Guide 2012 – 101 Best Hotels in the World
TripAdvisor, Traveler’s Choice 2012 – Top 25 Hotels in China, Top 10 Hotels for Families in China
Travel + Leisure Asia, Special T+L Picks – The Best of 2011
TripAdvisor, Traveler’s Choice 2011 – Top 25 Hotels in China
China Best Concept Hotel Award
China Best Hotel Design Award
How to Get to Songtsam:
Shangri-la and Lijiang are the gateway towns to reach any Songtsam Lodge. Both can be reached via Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. Major Chinese cities with daily flights to Shangri-la (Diqing Airport) include Beijing and Chongqing; or, Shanghai and Guangzhou to Lijiang.
Songtsam provides complimentary transportation from Shangri-la airport to Songtsam Shangri-la. To reach other lodges, guests can book private transportation with Songtsam.
Most roads between the lodges are paved and in good condition; however, most part of the drive between Tacheng and Benzilan is on a bumpy and winding road along upper Yangtze River.
Weather and Best Time to Go:
Although this area can be experienced all year long, many travelers are especially fond of spring (May to June) for the blossoming rhododendronss, and autumn when many tree leaves change colors.
However, in summer the greenness and blooming flowers in contrast of snowy land makes dramatic scenery; and village and monasteries bustle with colorful cultural and religious events in winter time draw intrepid travelers from around the world.
Tacheng and Benzilan are warm with mild temperatures all year round; in the daytime, it can reach 30oC in summer and drop to around 10oC in winter. Meili and Shangri-la enjoy highland sunshine which can bring the temperature to 10oC at noon even in winter time; however it can be freezing cold in early mornings and at night, even in summer.
Shangri-la and Meili sit on highlands up to 3,300/3,600 meters while Tacheng and Benzilan descend to lower than 2,000 meters. The changes in altitude when traveling from one Songtsam lodge to the next provides the rare opportunity to experience dramatic natural diversity.
People can and do react differently to altitude. Symptoms of altitude sickness usually subside after getting plenty of rest and drinking sufficient amounts of water.