I live in Guangzhou and went here to escape to the countryside for a long weekend. So far this is the favourite placed i have stayed when in China. A perfect relaxing getaway. The building is full of character, being a converted traditional building. When cycling around the area you see only modern build houses and hotels, which gives the impression that if this building had not been bought to be converted into this guesthouse it would have been knocked down by now.
We arrived at about 9am to find our room ready for us so were able to have a nap before lunch, very welcome as we had travelled on the overnight bus. Room was spacious, with mosquito nets which were very much a necessity.
We used the guesthouse bikes (20rmb per day) to explore the area. This is an excellent location only 5km form the town. It is paved country roads all the way to town so you can easy reach it by bicycle. Definitely not worth staying in town as it is just a typical tourist town full of hotels and restaurants. There are cycling and hiking routes that begin right formt he gate of the guesthouse so it is an excellent place to explore the region.
Even if you are not a outdoorsy type, this would be an excellent peaceful retreat. You could spend all your time on one of the several terraces, reading, admiring the view of the mountains and rice fields while the birds and butterflies fly around you.
The food is delicious. Both western and chinese food is served; fresh, quality ingredients cooked well. The western style food is among the best that I have eaten in a year of living in China, and the Chinese style is tasty too.
Staff speak very good english, friendly and are always willing to help. They can give advice on exploring the area and help make arrangements. There is a book swap area, tv room (with many dvds to use) and lounge.
Getting there: we got the night bus from Guangzhou (150rmb each way). From the town we both got on a motorbike - 20rmb. A taxi wanted to charge 40rmb, a tuk tuk wanted 60rmb - ridiculous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the tiny village Aishanmen, close to the scenic Yulong river only 5 km west from tourist hotspot Yangshuo, we renovated traditional yellow brick farmer houses into a beautiful inn. The courtyard is breathtaking. Our atmospheric restaurant and terrace with scenic views give travelers the chance to breathe fresh air again. In April 2013 we have opened our outdoor swimmingpool. Why stay in the city, when the countryside is so amazing! ... more less
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- The Giggling Tree Hotel Yangshuo County