My husband and I just stayed here for two nights. We both agree that it among one of the best places we've stayed in all our travels in China. Previous reviews have been pretty accurate, describing the basic room and bathrooms, the great food, and great service provided by Steven. It's rare to find someone who not only speaks as good English in a rural village in China, but is insistent in trying to make everyone have a good stay. He makes it easy to make the trip to the village as an English speaker, due to the directions on the website and the fact he picks you up where the bus drops you off. He can also help you plan your time during your visit.
My only advice besides definitely stay here, is if you use his uncle to drive you around, make sure you're clear with him about what you want. My husband and I wanted to drive out to Chuxi to photograph the cluster from the lookout point during "golden hour" (before sunset), but not to spend time in the village. We didn't want to spend more money on entrance tickets, and there was a miss communication and we thought we could go to the lookout without having to pay the entrance fee but we were wrong. We were also told his Uncle would take us to see some Tulou that had no entrance fee, but that only included stopping for a minute on the side of the road on the way to Chuxi. However, we know this was just a communication error, and it didn't spoil our experience.
As a Western tourist, Changdi Inn just gets it right. Most places in China think travelers want marble floors and lots of concrete, but here they have hot water with good pressure, coffee, English speaking staff, toast for breakfast, and WiFi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fuyulou Changdi Inn is located Hakkas folk culture village. Fuyulou has 134 years of history, is a traditional Hakka architecture. 7000 Square meters. A total of 160 rooms (inn of 20 rooms). 1.We offer car services, arrange car to pick you up in Xiamen. 2.Bicycle rental, we have a map. 3.My family did featuring Hakka cuisine. 4.We like to drink tea, but we also have good coffee. 5.We have a local wine, there are also ice-cold beer. 6.We have a washing machine. 7.Fifth floor there are a lot of books. 8.We have a public computer. Has WIFI. 9.Here the night sky is very beautiful. 10.Or eat with us.Chat with us. 1. Take long distance coach (Xiamen-Hu Keng) at Xiamen Hubin Road Long Distance Bus Station. There are 3 coaches each day: 6:50am, 9:10am and 1:00pm. It will take 3.5 Hours. Please get off at "Earth Building Cultural Village", one stop before the terminal station "Hu Keng". The fare is RMB 63. Please contact the inn when it leaves from Xiamen and the inn will arrange the pick up at the village. 2. Take bus (Longyan-tulou) from Longyan Old Bus Station. There are 12 coaches everyday and the last one is 4:50pm. The price is RMB 23,It will take 2 hours.Please contact the inn when it leaves from longyan and the inn will arrange the pick up at the village. 3. Take bus (Yong Ding-Gao Tou) from Yong Ding Bus Station. Please get off at "Earth Building Cultural Village", one stop before the terminal station "Gao Tou". The price is RMB 13,It will take 1 hours.Please contact the inn when it leaves from gaotou and the inn will arrange the pick up at the village Changdi inn is inside the Earth Building Cultural Village. The entrance ticket RMB 90 per person. Only need to buy one.You can use many days. PS: . Our Inn has a bike rental. We can arrange car pick in Xiamen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tulou Fuyulou Changdi Inn Yongding County, China - Fujian