Sneak peek of the stunning Amanyangyun, a restoration project to preserve China's architectural heritage

What’s more spectacular than the look of the beautifully restored Ming- and Qing-dynasty villas set amid a dense camphor forest, is the fact that every structure and tree had been relocated from over 700km away into the modern metropolis. 

Originally situated in Fuzhou district, the 50 antique villas (some up to 650 years old) and over 10,000 camphor trees faced an uncertain future when the area was slated to be cleared to make way for a reservoir in 2002.

Fortunately, philanthropist and Fuzhou-native Ma Dadong conceived a plan in time to save the villas and trees, by collaborating with luxury hospitality brand Aman to transport them to another site in 2007.