Just an hour's drive from majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (a sacred sanctuary for the ethnic cultures of Yunnan Province), the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lijiang is known as the Venice of the Orient. It is in this setting that the Banyan Tree Lijiang offers a truly tranquil escape. Local traditions have inspired the rich design and décor of the luxurious suites and villas, including traditional sweeping roofs and a palette of red, black and gold. A lavish spa pampers the senses, while varied fine dining experiences satisfy the appetite. The focal point of the resort is an ornamental pond with arched bridges and a tiered pagoda — the latter, surrounded by lanterns, can be reserved for romantic moonlight dinners for two.