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Event Planning

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Blue Papaya has provided food, art and entertainment to groups from Harvard, Stanford, the World Bank, UNESCO, PEPSICO, and has been featured in the New York Times.

Blue Papaya has has hosted corporate events, chinese and ex-patriate families, governmental and non-governmental organizations, diplomats, business professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Blue Papaya can provide food, art, entertainment, and a venue for your next event in Lijiang.

  • Localized Knowledge and Logistics Support
  • Conference Facilities
  • Chinese, Western and Local (Naxi) Food
  • Entertainment
  • Walks on Forest Paths
  • Massage
  • Tai Ji/Yoga/Flexibility Training

Localized Knowledge and Logistics Support

Shanna speaks Mandarin, English, Naxi and Bai , as well as Gansu, Hebei, Shanghai, and Sichuan dialects (and some French).  Her language abilities and interest in local culture allow her to bridge the world between artists, farmers, and government and business leaders, and is why she is often called upon to act as an announcer at local cultural events that have an international audience.  Shanna has contacts with local media, government organizations, artists, photographers and scholars.  She can arrange local publicity and find, through her web of contacts, solutions to most problems.  In addition she can arrange local travel and entertainment.


Daily breakfast includes local organic espresso, boutique Chinese teas, fresh bread and fruit, eggs cooked to order, cereal, and Chinese noodles.

Chinese or Italian Lunch  can be served on the premises; or sandwiches and salad platters can be prepared and delivered for an outside picnic.

Special Dinner Banquets featuring hot pot, Italian Food, Salads, Chinese Food, French pastries, vegetarian and Bonfire Barbeque can be provided nightly.


Blue Papaya arranged the first jazz concert for 1000 people in Lijiang, and has been responsible for bringing internationally recognized artists such as Xuan Ke, He Zhe Gang, and He Wen Guang to new Chinese and International locations.  Blue Papaya is the Old Town Office for the Local Musician’s Association and is affiliated with Ren’s Jazz School in Shanghai.  

Previous events have included singers, dancers, Kunming opera, taiko drummers, martial artists, acrobats, classical guitarists, flautists, jazz and rock and roll.  Events have also included painters and calligraphers who created works during the event for the participants.

If you are bringing a group to Lijiang you can use the Blue Papaya as your base and local partner.

If you are a conference organizer, we can provide you with a private villa on the side of a mountain near town.  Modern, convenient facilities housed in handmade buildings, where your attendees can enjoy a balance of local artistry, modern convenience, massage and movement therapy, and nature.

If you are a teacher of healing, movement, or meditative arts, we have a beautiful location, with an organic garden, and inside and outside spaces for groups large and small.  We can provide massage and complementary therapies for your students.