LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan

At the core of the LUX* Tea Horse Road lies the promise of exploring nature at its best, introducing reinvigorating experiences set to enlighten the spirit and nurture the body.

A gateway to the glacier of Meili Snow Mountain National Park, this luxury boutique hotel is located at the entrance of Benzilan town. Considered the only mountain retreat of the area, the hotel encompasses local culture across the main building’s architectural elements coupled with signature LUX* service inspired by unrivalled Tibetan hospitality.

The valley offers mild climatic conditions throughout the year, making it the perfect base to explore the surrounding glaciers or venture off the beaten tracks on hidden mountain trails. Originally famous along the Tea Horse Road for its sturdy and fearless horsemen, Benzilan has preserved its authenticity and opens an extraordinary window onto the Tibetan culture to those ready to venture along the LUX* Tea Horse Road.

Whether you are aiming to conquer Meili Snow Mountain’s peaks or simply stroll among breathtaking scenic trails to reenergize your body, Benzilan is where you will immerse yourself with the Tibetan locale. The perfect place to try the local organic produce or to start your day with a refreshing morning meditation overlooking the legendary Yangtze River before heading to the nearby monasteries, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan promises authentic experiences inspired by the Tea Horse Road.

Between Lijiang and the sacred mountain of Kawakarpo, Benzilan was famous for its horse caravan leaders, and is now home to our luxurious caravanserai, right on the rushing Yangtse River with mountains on either side. This is the heart of northern Yunnan’s hospitable Tibetan culture, and the ideal base for exploring the protected Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage site, one of the world’s richest ecosystems.

A SPIRITUAL PLACE OF RARE TRANQUILITY Known as the most important holy abode after the Songzanlin lamasery in Shangri-La, few kilometers away from Benzilan rests the lamasery of Dongzhulin, a spiritual place of rare tranquility. Connect with your inner-self while surrounded by sacred mountains with a morning meditation conducted by our in-house master and relax over a cup of tea with one of the resident spiritual guides of the monastery to know the untold stories of the muleteers and their resilience. In time, cheerful monks have received traders and travelers of all sorts and today they welcome you to chant with them to the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain, the sacred Kawagebo.


Junior Suite

2 LUX* Suites

Featuring broad views over the Yangtze River, the LUX* Suites offer a spacious and bright living area adjacent the master bedroom both boasting their own private balcony while the airy en-suite bathroom comes complete with a walk-in closet.

Superior King Rooms

22 Superior King Rooms

Equipped with a walk-in closet and desk area, the Superior King Rooms feature both garden and river views complete with a dedicated sofa area overlooking the master bedroom. Perfect for families, 2 Superior King Rooms are interconnected with 2 Superior Twin Rooms.

Superior Twin Rooms

6 Superior Twin Rooms

A spacious sofa area facing both garden and riverside is connected to the main bedroom featuring two queen beds. Walk-in closet adjacent the en-suite bathroom ensures the maximum living space to this family-oriented room boasting a private balcony.

Food and Beverages

With a selection of local specialties and all-time western favorites, this buffet restaurant surprises with a la carte options hand-picked from the daily menu and designed by the resident chef. Overlooking the riverside with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the main dining area stretches over 150sqm. In order to present the freshest wares that the valley has to offer, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to reflect seasonality and embrace local traditions.


Designed for small banquets and receptions, the private dining lounge features a relaxation area while the dining table can seat up to 20 guests. The warm interior décor combined with the views of the surrounding mountains create a laid-back atmosphere where guests can either enjoy a traditional Tibetan meal or a tailor-made menu especially created by the resident chef.


Traded along the Tea Horse Road as well as salt and sugar, coffee beans were often outshined by tealeaves. At Café LUX*, coffee is not only served but masterfully grinded at the hotel by our local baristas. While moderate consumption is recommended at high altitudes, you are invited to a real coffee experience while at the hotel as Benzilan rests at only 1900 meter above the sea level.


Open throughout the day, the Teahouse is the place to enjoy a cup of Pu’er tea and learn the secrets from the master of its numerous infusions and the healing powers of its leaves. The caravans treasured tea as gold and the legacy continues through timeless tea ceremonies upon your wish.


From the sunny southern hills of Yunnan, your journey has taken you to high mountains trails. Discover hidden maps, the secrets of the local black pottery and plan your next day out with the maps you will find at the Chamadao library (Chinese words for Tea Horse Road). A space designed to inspire and help you create your journey.

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