Tourists from the mainland's crowded coasts have long treated Lijiang, a city in the Himalayan foothills in Yunnan province, as a scenic getaway. Its hotel choices are still predominantly low and mid-range properties, but several top luxury hotel brands are putting the final touches on properties in the city of 1.2 million in the hope of attracting the country's growing ranks of wealthy travellers. In April, 253 of the 458 branded luxury hotel projects under construction or in the final planning stages worldwide were in the Asia-Pacific, most of them in China.