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Shan Li Retreats
At a Glance
- a truly bucolic escape from the city
- good hikes nearby
- beautifully restored village homes
- a car is required to get there
- guests need to take their own food
- not open all year round
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Shan Li Retreats Review
Sometimes you need to get out of the city, and that's especially true for those living in China's capital, constantly crowded by 20 million other such souls. Here to help you escape is Shan Li Retreats, lovingly created by Beijing-based designer Naersu, which are five village houses that have been renovated into gloriously beautiful rental properties (think old wooden beams and traditional kang-style beds mixed with subtle modern touches) all nestled among the mountains and valleys of Huangyankou village (120 km from the city), next to crumbling Great Wall watchtowers on the hill above. Larger groups will want to go for "Po Shang," a two-story, three-bedroom home, complete with fireplace, bathtubs, iPod stereo, private garden, and two outdoor terraces. Couples may prefer to opt for a room in "Stone House" (rather than renting a whole home), an old barn now converted into smaller one-bedroom studios.
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