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Did somebody say "Ewok Village?"
by Katy Purviance on 04/11/08 @ 09:27:48 pm
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I just read this article in The China Daily by Erik Nilsson called “For a 5,000-star hotel stay, head to treehouse resort.”

Chinese tree houses

There probably isn’t any place in China that resembles an Ewok settlement more than Sanya Nanshan Treehouse Resort and Beach Club.

But rather than being home to the pint-sized, bear-like buddies of the Star Wars heroes, these rustic structures in Hainan province’s Nanshan Cultural Tourist Zone are meant for habitation by tourists.

Nestled in a tropical thicket just a skipping stone’s throw from a virgin beach, some of these dwellings offer vistas of the 108-m-tall bronze Guanyin Buddha. Built in the tourism zone’s Buddhism Culture Park in 2005, the bronze likeness, which is 15 m taller than the Statue of Liberty, has the extraordinarily particular distinction of being the world’s largest Buddha statue standing in the sea.

Staying in one of the resort’s four elevated edifices provides a Robinson Crusoe-like experience for those who love “roughin’ it” that’s difficult to find in a country so enchanted with the luxuries of five-star hotels. As Nanshan Treehouse Resort’s American mastermind, self-described “anti-architect” David Greenberg, says: “Laying out there and looking up at the sky makes for a 5,000-star hotel experience.”

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