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The Giggling Tree
Ranked #1 of 415 Yangshuo County B&B and Inns
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Foshan, China
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“Stay here, not in the town”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

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!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We have just returned from a stay at the Giggling Tree. We live in China and of all the places we have stayed in this is tops them all!!! I regret not having stayed longer. My 3 children had a great time and the staff couldn't do enough for us. The family room we had was great. Very spacious. We had two bedrooms connected. The food is also very good and the Chinese staff are very efficient. Trudi and Peter ( the managers) were fantastic. They really went out of their way to help us choose activities. The kids did calligraphy, fan painting, played mahjong and we all went cycling. Well done giggling tree!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We just spent a weekend at The Giggling Tree and enjoyed every moment of it. I liked the environment at the inn, rustic but comfy and clean. Food was good too, both western and asian. A local specialty, beer fish (which had to be ordered a day in advance) was really yummy.

The staff were friendly, helpful and most, if not all of them spoke English.

The countryside around the inn was picturesque, peaceful and quiet. And there were more than enough activities to keep us occupied the whole time.

I would definitely stay there again....

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

My husband and I had just spent 2 weeks in the midst of one of China's most modern busy cities and were very anxious to make our first self guided venture into the countryside. Booking our accomodation in Yangshuo was the beginning...The Giggling Tree, being recommended by Lonely Planet made it a given for us to try, and what a great choice! Not only was all the arranging very simple, but the staff provided us with lots of information to ensure our arrival was without hassles or confusion. Once we arrived we were further impressed by all the attention we received regarding just about every aspect of our stay. We truly enjoyed the international emphasis, both in the individual staff members, and clientale, many of whom were travelling with children (what a great atomosphere for children, we wished our grandsons could be there with us!). We initially booked 4 nights, extended to 6, and highly recommend this guesthouse to anyone looking for a beautiful relaxing place where you're so genuinely welcome.

Room Tip: if you'd like lot of light choose an upstairs room, our was terrace level and was quite dark...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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pelle27, Manager at The Giggling Tree, responded to this review, 3 June 2012
Thank you very much for the truly kind words, from all staff of Giggling Tree, Trudi
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

My wife and I had a lovely and relaxing time in May at the Giggling Tree. We stayed there for 9 nights. The landscape is absolutely beautiful after the busy mega city Beijing. All Crew Members did a great job with helping to organize for example a bike tour with picture map, which was a big help to find the correct way. Furthermore, the kitchen was really great serving both Chinese and Western cuisine for a really fair price.

The Guesthouse is located 4km outside Yangshou. If you prefer silence, the Giggling Tree is exactly the right place to stay. The ride from the Giggling to Yangshou by bicycle takes only 20 minutes. You can rent a bike for only 20 RMB per day from the Giggling.

Yes, we definitely recommend this awesome guesthouse and we would stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

We had a really great stay at the Giggling Tree. The place is great to relax (very quiet, nice terrace, great western and asian food) but also very convenient for many activities. The staff helps organizing various activities: walking or cycling tours, light show in Yangshuo, rafting etc. We highly recommend the Giggling Tree !

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We stayed at The Giggling Tree for four nights and wish it could have been longer, as this was a truly unique place in China.

We booked only the night before, and the owners did all to accommodate us, even if it meant we had to move rooms twice. Contrary to expectations, this wasn't an inconvenience- all transfers were done quickly and without hassle with staff being well-informed and helpful.

We also got to see three different room types, and were very happy with all of them- including the dorm room. They are all very clean and charmingly furnished. Bathrooms were simple, but big and served their purpose. All of them open onto a quaint courtyard which doubles as the common area and restaurant.

Food was tasty and a reasonable price; we always had breakfast and often enjoyed our dinner there, too. Staff was always friendly, swift and nothing was too much trouble.

While it was lovely to sit out in the courtyard the one small minus point for me was that the week we were there must have fallen into the European school holidays; this meant there were a lot of families with small children staying and it could get quite noisy, especially in the morning and early dinner time. It didn't bother us too much, but it might for others.

The property and setting are simply beautiful- we loved that it was outside of Yangshuo, but an easy cycle ride away. Bikes were plentiful and were rented out at a good price. Next to that there are lots of activities and a lot of helpful information is provided by the staff.

We found all local staff and the owners very friendly and helpful, plus everyone spoke fantastic English.

We loved staying at The Giggling Tree and kept thinking of this unique place during the remainder of our independent travels through China. I would definitely return!

Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Giggling Tree
Address: Mainstreet Aishanmen village, 5 km from Yangshuo, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 415 B&Bs / Inns in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 23
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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