Living in the big city, it is easy to admire the many achievements of urban civilization. Yet amidst all the hustle and bustle, we tend to forget the most elemental of truths: that we exist as part of nature.

Nestled in the serenity of the Huangyankou valley a mere ninety kilometers north of Beijing, Shan Li has grown out of an appreciation for this existence. However, Shan Li is more than a retreat from the big city. It is an embrace of a living, breathing philosophy by which nature and self are one. 

Shan Li has been built and created in close cooperation with local villagers, who have come to evolve with us as part of this philosophy. From sensibility in architectural form to relaxed simplicity in living, the community has infused tradition into a modern blend of culture that is unique to Shan Li.