Finding Something?



There’s nothing more special than finding tidbits of the past in a country that seems to have already laid down its technologically-advanced future; acting like small, untouched memorabilia transporting the dreamer into an almost-forgotten era. Thankfully, a 20-minute car ride can do wonders: One second, you’re in the bustling city of Hangzhou; the next, you’re transported back to the Tang Dynasty in the 14-hectare property of Amanfayun.


Courtyard Dwellings


The property is comprised of 47 stone courtyard dwellings. Some, which date back to the 7th-9th Century Tang Dynasty, were reconstructed using traditional Chinese methods in building (such as clay tile roofing, and combining brick and earth walls with wooden and metal elements). It is said that due to the structure of the village, no two courtyard dwellings, even those falling under the same accommodation category, are the same.


Fayun Village


A former tea-planting village, Amanfayun, is now a beautifully-preserved sanctuary for guests and locals to relive the yesteryears.

The village’s cobblestone trail, known as the Fayun Trail leads directly to the Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺 or The Temple of Soul’s Retreat).

Buddhist monks, and worshippers wishing to pay their respects, as the temple is considered to be one of the most revered places in all of China, are still frequenting it.


The Vicinity


Cradling the western hills of the Zhejiang region, and surrounded by tea-plantations, deciduous forests, and bamboo groves, there is no wonder Amanfayun is known to a lot of people for its serenity and tranquility.


Passport Out Tip


Calligraphy, the city’s predominant art form, has long been intertwined with the country’s intellectual and artistic heritage. Amanfayun holds lessons with one of the city’s master Calligraphy artists at certain times of the week at the Fayun Place.


As you revel into the quiet, you realize there’s nothing better than being at a place so near civilization, yet so far from the realities of everyday life.

William @ Passport Out

William is the Editor-in-Chief of The Passport Out.

  1. AlanaMyers

    June 24, 2016 10:43 pm

    Aman! Haven’t tried this one but it looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Love ur hotel choices. Have u heard of amanemu in Japan? It looks amazing too! U should try it out.

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 25, 2016 4:31 pm

      Ooh, Amanemu in Ise? That’s a new property, right? How did you find their service?

  2. kimKS

    June 24, 2016 10:44 pm

    very beautiful! I adore photos! happy I follow you

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 25, 2016 4:32 pm

      Thanks for the support! We’re glad you like our photography style.

  3. donnasoong

    June 24, 2016 10:45 pm

    kudos to your hotel list! superbe! Luv them all!

  4. Carolina Anderson

    June 25, 2016 1:19 am

    hello, passport out! it is my first time commenting so please bear with me. havent stayed at an aman property before but it looks so good! would you recommend the splurge?

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 25, 2016 4:39 pm

      Hi, Carolina! This property is worth the try, if you love the mix of old and contemporary Chinese. I cannot give verdicts to all else in their list of properties, but Aman has an unparalleled brand of service that sets itself apart from others. So yes, they might be worth the splurge.

  5. Алёна

    June 25, 2016 1:21 am

    хорошее фото

    • Passport Out - Editor-in-Chief

      June 25, 2016 12:31 pm

      спасибо, Алёна !

  6. clidelopez

    June 25, 2016 12:22 pm

    that place looks dreaaaaaamy. my kind of relaxation. thank you for this!

  7. Passport Out - Editor

    June 25, 2016 4:40 pm

    Thanks! Glad you like it. Keep your eyes pealed.

  8. MOrtega

    June 26, 2016 1:45 am

    looks far from busy Shanghai. great post! glad i found your Instagram

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 27, 2016 1:06 am

      That’s true! That a short drive takes you here seems impossible!

  9. charles nguyen

    June 26, 2016 1:48 am

    Would definitely ask my concierge to add this on my itinerary! looks rather interesting.
    have always enjoyed staying in places that has a story to tell.

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 27, 2016 1:07 am

      Hi, Charles! Let us know how you like them, after you go! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

  10. Arnolddlcrz

    June 26, 2016 10:19 pm

    I just followed u on Instagram and saw your site from there. your articles are phenomenal! and I really like your tone. looking forwad to seeing more from you soon!
    I’m a huge fan of your photography! Adding seychelles into my bucketlist because of you!

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 27, 2016 1:09 am

      Hi, Arnold! Thanks for all the support, and the positive feedback! We’ll surely do our best to keep things interesting for you. Let us know how you like the Seychelles. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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