Banyan Tree Ringha is located in a remote valley outside the town known as Shangri-la. The area is served by Diqing Shangri-La Airport (DIG), which is a scenic 40-minute drive from the lodge. Airport transfers can be arranged by the lodge. Lijiang also has a small airport, and the closest international airport is Kunming.
The lodge is located along the road from Shangri-la to Pudacuo National Park, and numerous signs point the way for guests arriving by car.
Some guests may suffer from altitude sickness upon arrival at the lodge, especially if they have not had a chance to acclimatize. Signs include shortness of breath, chest tightness, and feeling faint. Stay well hydrated, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and avoid strenuous activity. Guests who have a history of altitude sickness may wish to bring preventive medication.
In the style of traditional farmhouses, all rooms have two stories, and the bathroom is located on the first floor. Those who have mobility issues or trouble with stairs may have difficulty navigating the property and the accommodations.
At about 10,000 feet above sea level, the sun can be strong and snowflakes in summer are not unheard of. While it can be hot and humid in deep valleys and freezing at the mountaintops, the high plateau upon which the lodge sits is a temperate zone. In spring and fall, temperatures run from the high 50s to the low 70s Fahrenheit (14-22˚ Celsius). Summertime enjoys daytime highs in the 70s and low 80s (20-28˚ Celsius); and winter can get quite cold, with temperatures ranging from the 50s to well below freezing. From March through August, the wildflowers are in bloom across the countryside, and in the fall, the landscape turns golden.
Pack in layers appropriate to the season, with warm clothes for cool nights; and be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
The farmhouses of Banyan Tree Ringha were once home to local families, and they remain a warm and welcoming place for travelers of any age. With a typical rural village just outside the gates, the experience can be a fun cultural immersion for kids, introducing them to a very different way of life. Take a walk through the village lanes to encounter yaks, horses, and other livestock, and stop in for a visit with a local family. Hike to a Buddhist temple right near the lodge or take an excursion to nearby villages where kids can try their hand at traditional crafts.
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