Hip design hotel in the heart of Ancient China

This charming 70-room resort style Hotel Indigo Lijiang only opened in 2013 but its distinctive design, which takes its architectural cues from its 800 year old surroundings has already seen the place pick up numerous awards. The most recent trophies it can add to its cabinet include “Best Design Hotel” at the 2014 China Travel Awards and being named China’s “Best Boutique Hotel”.  

A trendy offspring of the InterContinental group, its modern, minimal design still mimics the sloping roofs, arched bridges and picturesque waterways of Lijiang, the ancient town which is famous for its important role as a trading hub that linked Yunnan and Tibet on the ancient tea-horse trail. You also won’t be sacrificing on any of your modern day comforts here, with free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, a 24-hour restaurant and a plush Me Space that’s packed with cushions and comfy seats. Rooms start from USD300+ ($391+) a night. Go here for more info. 

The town of Lijiang is becoming a hot destination, due to its own unique charms which include the 300 year old Black Dragon Pool Park, which boasts famous views over the other natural wonder of the region, the 5,596m high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Get there on China Southern airlines, which offer return trips starting from $537.