ABOUT BANYAN TREE LIJIANG
Banyan Tree Lijiang is located 2,000 metres above sea level and is 40 minutes away from Lijiang airport. It garnered an award for Best Luxury Hotel and Best Spa Resort in China during the 2007 China Hotel Starlight Award ceremony.
The resort is 15 minutes from the historical town of Dayan and basks in the shadow of the magnificently desolate Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Our Tibetan Dog Lanka
Our Resort Mascot “Lanka” was born into a Tibetan family on December 3, 2014. The family name is Danba and they live in a village named Lingdu just 5 km away from our hotel, situated in the Ringha valley area. There are six extended Tibetan families scattered throughout this beautiful valley. We knew of Mr. Danba and we expressed our intention to raise a Tibetan Mastiff as our hotel mascot. Mr. Danba told us he owned a pure bred female mastiff who just had puppies and agreed to sell a male puppy to us. Lanka joined the Banyan Tree Ringha family when he was two and half months old.
We needed to decide on an appropriate name for our newest family member and staged a popularity contest from a shortlist of the top three name choices, each with a story featuring something significant in Tibetan culture or folklore. Over 70 client accounts were contacted with photos, names and stories asking them to make a choice. We also ran a contest on WeChat receiving over 800 responses. The most popular name by far was actually the original – “Lanka” roughly translated as “Blue Sky” in Tibetan, being easy to pronounce and symbolic of nature.
“Blue Sky” is also a metaphor for the free spirit of the Tibetan Highlands, suggesting the purity of his breed, and reflects peace and calmness. It is synonymous with our natural environment and theme in the Tibetan Highlands which is a “breath of fresh air”.
Lanka is not territorial and contrary to popular belief these dogs are not fierce if properly domesticated. Lanka has many friends and carers who spend hours looking after him. He is calm around people and a great example to dog lovers worldwide.
Come share the love and cuddles with our very furry friend. Photo opportunities abound. We look forward to welcoming you to Banyan Tree Ringha, a true Tibetan experience.