Confit de canard, coté de bœuf, saumon fumé and soufflé are traditional foods from the French country side that are as steeped in history as they are in flavour. Its not uncommon to find these dishes and many like them on menus from Paris to Bordeaux. However, tucked away in a quiet corner of China’s Zhejiang province just a few hours West of Shanghai, stands La Passage Mohkan Shan. A luxury country house that is challenging what it means to be traditionally French when you live on a mountain in China.
Constructed in traditional French post-and-beam style, the luxuriously appointed main building and five detached houses boast forty spacious suites. Dark wood accents frame the neutral colored walls of the buildings giving the surrounding hills an almost unnaturally vibrant green appearance. The same dark hardwood lines the floor of the halls and rooms which are decorated with simple country flair that revives the spirit and charm of the area in the early 1900s. Since those days, Moganshan town and the area near Mount Mogan has been a weekend getaway for the elite of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing. Built in the middle of a working tea plantation, bordered by small farms and expansive bamboo forests, Le Passage is surrounded by an oasis of greenery away from China’s bustling metropolises.