If Amanyangyun’s idyllic setting, just outside downtown Shanghai, makes you feel like you are many miles away – you are not mistaken. The story behind this luxury retreat is nothing less than extraordinary. Amanyangyun’s cherished camphor forest, as well as the 50 Ming- and Qing-dynasty villas that make up the resort, have been moved more than 700 kilometres from their original home in the Jiangxi province in eastern China. The bold, decade-long conservation project was initiated by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ma Dadong, who was set on saving these precious trees and dwellings of his hometown from being lost to a reservoir. The result is not only a stunning tribute to Chinese history, but also a stunning, tranquil sanctuary in the form of Aman’s fourth Chinese property.