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Songtsam’s First Low-Carbon Hotel in Tibet is Now Open

Mountain view from Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso 

Asia Week New York sponsor, Songtsam, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection and Destination Management Company, located in the Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China announces the soft opening of their first low-carbon hotel, the Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso in Jieba Village, Tibet. With the official opening planned for mid-September, this 122-room and suite Retreat will be Songtsam’s 16th and largest property.

Mr. Baima Duoji, Songtsam Founder & Chairman, hopes that the location of the hotel will enable more visitors to experience the extraordinary beauty of the location and the local Tibetan culture. Baima further stated that he hopes that Songtsam’s goal of achieving zero-carbon implementation will serve as a model for other businesses in the area to also become more sustainable.

Last year, Songtsam and Siemens Energy signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to jointly promote green and low-carbon circular development in rural areas. The energy consumption of this new low-carbon hotel is offset by using self-generated electricity and reducing carbon emissions by utilizing the abundant solar energy in the region. Songtsam is also committed to supporting the local and economic development of the community while preserving the local culture by providing at least 120 jobs for local villagers and giving 5% of the property’s operating income to the adjacent Jieba village every year.

Basong Tso River

Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso on the holy Lake Basong Tso

During the soft opening there will be 41 guest rooms available, showcasing the ingenious fusion of Tibetan architecture and modern design. The Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso’s design was inspired by the Cuogao Village’s settlement style and provides excellent views of the holy Lake Basong Tso and the holy mountain. The structure and appearance of the hotel building are a tribute to the local cultural history of Basong Tso, while the color schemes inside the hotel reflect an extension of the natural scenery of Lake Basong Tso itself.

Basong Tso View

The view of Jieqing Naragabu (also known as "Burning Flame") from Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso

Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso is located in the historic Jieba village where villagers keep Gongbu Tibetan traditions alive. During festivals, the villagers go around the lake, race horses, and dance, while on weekdays, the elderly villagers are often dressed in gorgeous and heroic Gongbu Tibetan costumes providing Songtsam guests a rare opportunity to witness age-old Tibetan customs and experience the spirituality and nature of their surroundings.

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