Songtsam Tacheng is located in a fertile mountain valley in a region of Yunnan populated by minority tribes and local villages. The nine simple rooms have been decorated in a traditional style using local Chinese artwork and furniture as well as Tibetan rugs and each has a spacious balcony offering views of the surrounding terraced fields.
Guests can dine on a range of delicious home cooked meals made from organic ingredients, many grown in the neighbouring villages. Organic rice is produced from the fields in front of the lodge and the region is well known for the range of fresh vegetables, fruits, local ham, rainbow trout and wild honey. Additional facilities include an outdoor swimming pool.
Why we like songtsam tacheng
This lodge is small and intimate and a world away from some of the other lovely but much more touristy parts of Yunnan. Heading off the beaten track in China can often mean you have to compromise on comfort but here you can experience comfort, wonderful hospitality and culture in a stunning yet remote location.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Restaurant serving traditional Tibetan cuisine
Songtsam Tacheng Lodge forms part of a mixed Tibetan/Lisu farming community and many of the staff at the lodge are from the surrounding villages so guests often find themselves invited to a cup of tea or even dinner with the family. Take a guided hike around the surrounding area, visit a local Naxi village or take a cookery class. Tacheng is also home to the charming, endangered Yunnan Golden Monkeys who make their home at altitudes higher than any other primate except humans. These monkeys can be seen in the Baima Nature Reserve.
Located at an altitude of 2,000 metres in Hada village, a traditional farming community in Tacheng country, around three hours’ drive from the town of Shangri La.