The Banyan Tree Ringha is nestled in a Tibetan valley (and yes, it was surreal to be "nestled in a Tibetan valley"), surrounded by green mountains, and about an hour from the Songstam Retreat I wrote about. One of the staff said "This is where all the overworked people from Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong come to relax. The West is simple." And it made sense right there. Like busy New Yorkers escape to Colorado or Arizona, the city dwellers of China escape to Shangri-La and the Banyan Tree Ringha.
I felt the peace that I only feel when surrounded by mountains and not much else (what I always feel at home in Arizona). Before we entered the hotel, I spotted these two little piglets running around, glued to each other, and running around snorting.
The hotel is surrounded by working farms, one of which Gerald at A&K had arranged for us to visit. Through the entrance we went, greeted by smiling faces and beautiful red lanterns hanging on the lobby building. All the buildings were designed to look like Tibetan farmhouses. To my right was a bubbling river and green hills, with lodges at the water's edge. To the left were more lodges and the spa.