The splendor of Hangzhou, the former imperial city under the Southern Song dynasty, has always provided inspiration to artists and visitors passing through. Chaoying, a poet of the Yuan dynasty, praised the beauty of its landscapes in these words: “There is a paradise in the sky, and on earth, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.” The city, built on the banks of the Lake of the West, dominates the lakefront with temples, pagodas and gardens. Classified a UNESCO world heritage in 2011 for the quality of its ancient, cultural Chinese landscape, the site is an exceptional example of a cultural tradition consisting of embellishing the landscape to reflect the idealized fusion between man and nature. The scenery around the lake has inspired numerous artists and is often used for theatrical demonstrations directed by Zhang Yimou, director of the film, Hero and the creator of the opening ceremony for the Beijng Olympic Games.
At the foot of Mount Fuchun, a gentle veil of mist rises above the calm waters of the lake. Only the silence reigns over the site, where terraced tea plants dominate the green hills of the “Dragon’s Well”. Set in the heart of this serene landscape lies an elegant structure whose inspiration includes the work of Chinese painter, Huang Gong-Wang, the eldest of the four masters of the Yuan dynasty, who was fascinated by the beauty of the site. In 1347, he painted the hills in the form of an idealized panorama of which the Fuchon Resort possesses a magnificent copy. Under the supervision of architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the hotel offers guests a look at the artistic universe of the Yuan dynasty. The organization of the interiors respects the concepts of Feng Shui the goal of which is to harmonize the environmental energy of a place in order to improve the well being of the occupants. Like a gentle invitation to relaxation, the hotel’s spa offers treatments inspired by traditional Tibetan medicine including yoga, phytotherapy and healthy nourishment. A Long Jing tea, a particular favorite of the members of the Qin dynasty’s imperial court, is a perfect way to punctuate this moment of well being.
“In Asia, we live mainly outdoors, and so it’s impossible to disassociate the outside from the inside. The terraces, swimming pool and gardens are part of the global vision in which the building itself becomes one of the elements.” (Jean-Michel Gathy, architect)
Five stars / Member of Leading Hotels of the World / Huan dynasty architectural style / Exceptional setting / Minimalist / Two restaurants with Asian, Western & healthy cuisine / In-villa dining / Indoor Lounge by the lake / Indoor swimming pool / Spa / Gym / Yoga & Tai Chi classes / Outdoor sports activities / Parents & kids activities / Golf
Open all year
202 rooms spread over 88 suites and 10 villas
Double occupancy from 288 euros
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) - Hangzhou
No.339, Jiangbin Dongdadao,
Dongzhou Jiedao, Fuyang, Hangzhou,
Approximately 10 hours
+ 6 hours in summer / + 7 hours in winter
Almost all existing world climates (except for extreme Siberian cold), from torrid to glacial
Passport valid at least six months after end of visa date
Visa required for French citizens
No vaccinations required except yellow fever for visitors coming from infected regions
The renminbi, the Chinese yuan (CNY)
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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).