review: Hylandia Shangri La (Part II)

 

If there is one hotel on the earth that I will always return in a heartbeat then the Hylandia would be it. 

Hours after landing, I noticed a few symptoms of altitude sickness: nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue; the short walk to the reception felt like running a quarter marathon. Luckily, I got used to it quickly.

The next day we signed up for the "early market visitation" that started at 7:30 am. Lotus Baima - a concierge member - awaited us with umbrellas in the lobby. She was one of a few staff who could explain things perfectly in English.

 Shangri La city

Shangri La city

Just behind the hotel, there were several local markets selling from the freshly picked vegetables to gigantic pieces of meat on the counter; it felt a bit like my hometown in Vietnam. It was exciting for me to experience in person. 

 the market entrance 

the market entrance 

 Yak butter sold near the entrance

Yak butter sold near the entrance

 a Chinese steamed buns shop

a Chinese steamed buns shop

 a household goods store

a household goods store

 a local vegetable shop

a local vegetable shop

 a meat stall

a meat stall

 a rice noodles stall

a rice noodles stall

After the quick tour, we headed back for breakfast. The buffet was not less impressive than previous hotels considering it was located more than 3000 meters above the sea level.

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - egg station

Ani's Kitchen - egg station

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - noodles station

Ani's Kitchen - noodles station

 Ani's Kitchen - noodle soup condiments

Ani's Kitchen - noodle soup condiments

 Ani's Kitchen - porridge station & condiments

Ani's Kitchen - porridge station & condiments

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast

 Ani's Kitchen - breakfast

Ani's Kitchen - breakfast

On that day, we walked to the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery but ended up going back home due to having not enough money. So we had lunch at the Ani's Kitchen instead. Two typed of club sandwiches were ordered and they both were delicious. Interestingly, we were brought a plate of fresh fruits as an appetiser.

 Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

 Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

 Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

Ani's Kitchen - lunch menu

 Ani's Kitchen - pre meal fruits

Ani's Kitchen - pre meal fruits

 Ani's Kitchen - cheese tomato sandwich & local characteristics sandwich

Ani's Kitchen - cheese tomato sandwich & local characteristics sandwich

In the evening, we stopped by the Shambhala Lounge for some wine and appetiser.

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

 Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Shambhala Lounge - happy hours

Each Monday, Golden Circle members received 50% off the dinner buffet (CNY 70 (EUR 9) instead of CNY 135 per person). I thought it was an amazing deal for a dinner buffet in a luxury hotel. The buffet consisted of cold dishes (sushi, salad, fruits) and hot dishes (fried rice, noodles, porridge) as well as freshly grilled meats and seafood.

 always good to know ...

always good to know ...

 Ani's Kitchen - salad bar

Ani's Kitchen - salad bar

 Ani's Kitchen - cold appetisers

Ani's Kitchen - cold appetisers

 Ani's Kitchen - sushi bar

Ani's Kitchen - sushi bar

 Ani's Kitchen - beverage

Ani's Kitchen - beverage

 Ani's Kitchen - seafood section

Ani's Kitchen - seafood section

 Ani's Kitchen - meat section

Ani's Kitchen - meat section

 Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

Ani's Kitchen - dinner buffet

 Ani's Kitchen - desserts 

Ani's Kitchen - desserts 

 Ani's Kitchen - desserts

Ani's Kitchen - desserts

 Ani's Kitchen - desserts 

Ani's Kitchen - desserts 

The next evening, we wanted to try the hotel's hot pot restaurant. Hotpot was one of many things in Chinese cuisine we both loved. A dish that was simple but so complex at the same time. It consisted of a soup of choice, rare vegetables, meats and dipping sauces. I was surprised to see that most tables were occupied by the locals even though the price was quite high. Much like other time, we ordered way too much. The food kept coming and filled our table quickly; everything tasted as good as it looked. 

 Hot Spot

Hot Spot

 Hot Spot

Hot Spot

 Hot Spot

Hot Spot

 Hot Spot - menu

Hot Spot - menu

 Hot Spot - menu

Hot Spot - menu

 Hot Spot - sauce bar

Hot Spot - sauce bar

 Hot Spot - cold appetisers

Hot Spot - cold appetisers

 Hot Spot - yak meat

Hot Spot - yak meat

 Hot Spot - napa cabbage

Hot Spot - napa cabbage

 Hot Spot - meatballs

Hot Spot - meatballs

 Hot Spot - oyster mushrooms

Hot Spot - oyster mushrooms

 Hot Spot - a selection of cold appetisers

Hot Spot - a selection of cold appetisers

 Hot Spot - hot pot

Hot Spot - hot pot

To sum it up,  Hylandia was an amazing hotel with stories and personalities and so was Lotus Baima, on of the most fascinating persons we had met during our China journey.