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The Bivou

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Bivouac - an old Swiss word meaning “temporary encampment” – is now used by adventurers to describe an improvised shelter. A bivouac is about simplicity.The Bivou is our version of the bivouac for today’s discerning travelers. It is a bed-and-breakfast built around the notion that modern adventurers have modern needs: comfort, sustainability, authenticity and style. We are uniquely located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, just a minute away from the historic village square of ancient Shuhe. Our vision is simple…We are Designed for Adventure
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Admittedly, we were skeptical at first with all the overwhelmingly positive reviews. How is it possible that a small boutique hotel with moderate facilities is ranked so highly on international websites while virtually absent from China’s review app? We gave Bivou a try anyway,
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Great location in old town Shuhe. Incredible service, beautiful rooms and common areas. Everyone did their best to ensure I had a great stay. Very knowledgeable staff. Excellent breakfasts and dinners in restuarant.
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Everything surpassed expectations and the limits of our vocabulary. The rooms were serene, beautiful and luxuriously comfortable-- beds and bedding were perfect, floors were heated, spectacular view of garden and mountain from our room. Breakfast was huge and delicious. The
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If it weren’t half way around the world from where we live, I’d make the Bivou a regular retreat. It combines so many elements of an inviting vacation spot: great staff, well appointed rooms, and a wonderful kitchen. We were four adults and two small children. Our stay began
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Our first time in China with the family. Great experience at the Bivou, lovely clean, modern and comfortable rooms, excellent and friendly service staff, great place to relax at the lounge with warm tea and snacks after our day trips which were arranged through the hotel.
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou
Responded 13 Feb 2019
Dear aliciaclaire2017 Thank you for the wonderful affirmation about our hotel! We are delighted to know that you had an excellent experience with your family on your trip to Lijiang and Yunnan. Family time is so precious indeed and we are honored that you decided to spend it with us here in Lijiang, creating life long memories with your most loved ones. After years of hosting families from all over the world, we have gained much experience through talking to our guests and taking constant feedback about what the needs for a family holiday are. We understand that not only do rooms and public spaces of a family-friendly hotel need to be safe, reliable and well-equipped, such as with our baby bathtubs, high chairs for the meals, baby cribs and even toilet seat adaptors, indoor activities and kids clubs to keep the little treasures entertained are part and parcel of a family-friendly hotel, when everyone is back from the day trips; and daddy, mummy and also the grandparents want to get their own rest. For this, we have a nice collection of toys, games, DVDs and books to keep the little ones busy, so that we can keep them away from digital sources of distraction. We also have activities such as calligraphy and pictograph painting, clay modeling, paper cutting, coloring and even a kids play area. And for day trips too, our guides and drivers make sure that we have child seats for the cars, the journeys are well-paced and we can get kids-friendly meals even on the road. Family holidays are such wonderful opportunities for families to play, learn and grow together and our greatest rewards are seeing the bonding between families members because they had time to be together in a beautiful and tranquil setting in a new and fascinating country and culture. We hope you will come back again with the family when they are older! Till then, take care!
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We were four adults, two children. In addition to two rooms we had access to this large kitchen.
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Hello-- The tour company I used was: Colorful-China Tours (please Google, since I can't post link). The person I worked with was Michael Stroj, and he was very accommodating in tailoring the tour to our specific interests. I had done a lot of research on the history and cultures of the area and we made small adjustments about the time spent in different locations. For example, we spent more time in the small Bai village of Shaxi (between Lijiang and Dali) and it was well worthwhile. Colorful China was very reasonably priced, but I am afraid they might save money on hiring guides that are not top-notch. All the companies hire free-lance tour guides. The fact that our guide was not completely well-versed in the history of the area (but very well-versed on the religion) did not bother us. We did not fly into Lijiang. We flew into Kunming from Hong Kong and the service on the regional Chinese airlines was quite good. From Kunming, we took another flight to Zhongdian (Shangri-la), and then motored from there to Lijiang, Shaxi, and finally Dali. We then took a train from Dali to Kunming to fly out. If you are just visiting the Lijiang area, I would urge you to visit the small nearby town of Baisha. Baisha was the capital of the Dali Kingdom until it was moved to Lijiang (Dayan), but even after that it remained the religious center, even into the early Ming period, and there is a cluster of well-preserved Buddhist temples there in Baisha. In one temple are the famous "Lijiang murals", but they are difficult to see because of the low light levels in the temple. Their reproductions are in the Mu Palace in Lijiang (totally recreated home of the ruling Mu family-- highly recommended). We especially enjoyed the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute. They have beautiful silk embroidery and the proceeds go directly to the artists and the school's training program. Check it out. We did not go up the Yu Long Shan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain), but got lovely photos from Lijiang's park (Black Dragon Pool park). Also, in this park is the Naxi Cultural museum-- highly recommended to learn about the Naxi culture and their written language. And also nearby, but a circuitous drive around, is the Leaping Tiger Gorge and that's very worth seeing. On a down note: old town Lijiang is very commercialized and touristy, but is fun to see and shop for souvenirs. Hope you have a great time. The natural beauty of the area is outstanding.
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We arranged for an airport pickup with the Bivou before our trip. We were very glad we had arranged for the pickup as our flight had been delayed several hours. It was after midnight when we arrived. We arranged the airport pickup by e-mail after booking the room. We arranged for a driver and English speaking guide for a day trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge while we were at the Bivou. Our guide was excellent! We also took a free guided hike with one of the Bivou staff. That was great. The Bivou front desk staff all spoke English and were all very friendly and helpful. We did some tours on our own. The staff provided maps, explained which buses or taxis to take, and provided written instructions that we could hand to drivers. That worked fine for nearby trips and exploring Lijiang Old Town.
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Dear friends! Thank you for all the answers! Yes, the Bivou is located in Shuhe Old Town, and just to add, Shuhe is part of the cluster of 3 old towns, including Dayan, and two villages to the north, called Baisha 白沙 and Shuhe 束河 respectively, which was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on December 4, 1997. Increasingly popular amongst travellers as a more pleasant option for accommodation vs. Lijiang, Shuhe has its own great selection of craft and souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, and even a supermarket 4 mins from the Bivou, providing convenience to travellers while at the same time, being closer to a lot of the attractions, such as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lashi Lake and Baisha and Yuhu Villages. Do let us know if we can be of further service! :)
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"Make sure you get the garden view! Had the largest room and it was worth it."
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