RCI recently welcomed two new affiliated resorts in China to its holiday exchange network. The new properties are Shangri-La Tusifu Resort in Shangri-La County, and Xishuangbanna Resort in Xishuangbanna Prefecture, both in Yunnan Province, China. The signing of these agreements expands RCI’s portfolio of resorts in China to more than 50 properties.
Shangri-la Tusifu Resort is located in Shangri-La, which is a four-hour drive from Lijiang. Shangri-La means ‘Land of Sacredness and Peace’ in Tibetan, which mirrors the county’s breathtaking landscapes, sacred monasteries and lamaseries, magnificent snow-peaked mountains and tranquil lakes.
The property has an interesting historical background: during the Ming Dynasty, the minority tribal clans in Shangri-La were bestowed with official titles by the central government, which led to the development of the Tusi ruling system in the region. The 36-room Shangri-La Tusifu Resort is the restoration of the office and residence of Tusi officials, built more than 1,300 years ago.
The resort décor is reminiscent of ancient Tibet, with every piece of furniture, painting and ornament showcasing the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. RCI members can enjoy traditional Tibetan cuisine such as butter tea and yak meat at the onsite restaurant, or join the Tibetan song and dance performances organized by the resort for a unique cultural experience.
Xishuangbanna Resort is located in Jinhong, the capital city of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. Xishuangbanna is home to many different ethnic groups, and the home of the world famous Pu’er tea. The Mekong River flows through Jinhong City, creating a hub for travellers passing through China, Thailand and Laos. Opened in 2013, Xishuangbanna Resort has 110 rooms and suites, and is seven kilometres from Jinghong Airport. It is within walking distance to Jinsha Bay and Jiangnan Riverside Walk, while tourist attractions such as the Peacock Garden and Manting Park are within close proximity.
“This affiliation will boost Shangri-La and Xishuangbanna’s tourism growth, introducing the concept of holiday exchange and changing the ways people can holiday in the two regions,” said Zheng Huiyu, chairman of Luju Vacation Club. “I believe this will have a significant, positive impact for Yunnan province’s economic development.”