I'd heard Lijiang was overly-touristy, but I didn't understand how bad it was until I'd seen it for myself. It's an endless supply of over-priced hotels, cafes and shops. I paid 160 for a sub-par room in Old Town. The next night, I paid 120 to stay at Baisha Holiday Resort – a paradise. You get a truer sense for the community there, with the Naxi Embroidery center right down the street and very friendly locals on every corner. There are cafes and local-flavor restaurants in walking distance, and other villages and sights can be accessed via a quick ride on the No.6 bus. The rooms themselves are comfortable, with heated mattresses, soft robes and towels, hot showers and traditional furnishings. I got so much more for less money here.
For the best advice on what to do in the village or how to get to your next destination, ask the owners Charlie or Bruce, or one very helpful young lady at the front desk named Rita. She loves to travel and hike, too, so her advice was perfectly suited to me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surroundings: --3KM to Fuguo Monastery;--0KM to Baisha Ancient Town; --500M to Baisha Muruls;--15KM to Wenhai Lake;--25KM to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain;--15KM to Lijiang Railway Station;--40KM to Lijiang International Airport;--10KM to Lijiang Bus Station; Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang, invested by Yunnan Adventure Travel, is located in Baisha Ancient Town in the Eastern Himalayas of Yunnan Province, in a plush valley at 2450m elevation, at the foothills of majestic, snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Opened in 2012, Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang is a senior private inn blends into Naxi courtyard characteristics. It is located in Baisha Ancient Town, about 10KM away from Lijiang city center, 20KM away from the Lijiang Railway Station and 40KM away from Lijiang International Airport. Baisha Holiday Resort has been created to provide western standards of residency and hygiene. Housed in 800 year old, traditional hand-crafted Naxi architecture and environment, 12 guest rooms are offered with full western facilities. From standard to executive and suite, each has individual shower, toilet and wash-basin areas, HD digital TV with satellite service for English movie, documentary and news channels, and wireless internet. Four of these rooms also have a loft for full views of nearby Jade Dragon and its plush foothills. Pricing is detailed in our "Reservations" section and includes breakfast for two. Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang is composed of 2 courtyards, with a stream though by. The resort has 12 comfortable rooms which include 2 Standard Rooms, 2 Snow Mountain View Deluxe Suites, 1 Traditional Chinese-style Room, 2 Garden-view Deluxe Suites, 2 Deluxe Suites and 2 Deluxe Standard Rooms. All rooms have furniture with famous brands, modern equipped bathrooms with bath and shower, working and relaxing area. The resort offers 2 open air courtyard with trees and water ponds for lucky fishes. The resort is tastefully decorated using traditional Chinese antique furniture. As for dining service, there are Chinese restaurant, Conference Room,lobby bar and tea house in the resort and meal delivery service is available. Other facilities the hotel include wireless internet area and reading bar, etc. Apart from these, Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang also provides service such as ticket booking, Lijiang join-in tour, laundry service and postal service. Especially, people can enjoy the singing and dance bonfire party with Naxi ethnic people who dress ethnic costume in the coutyard every night. Meanwhile, the hotel also provides guests: A.Live traditional Naxi and Chinese music in the morning time. B.The resort can introduce the guests into chinese culture,like paiting,peotry and music. C.The resort can arrange tours and excursions to all the popular sites, such as Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangerila, Yulong Snowing Mountain, Lugu Lake, etc. These tours and excursions can be customized for the travellers as daytrips and for longer terms. D.As a local Naxi family, the resort can arrange for their guests visit to local villages, ceremonies and concerts, the resort like to invite you to take part in traditional Puer-tea ceremonies. E.The resort has heating on each room. F.W-lan and cable adsl in each room is free of charge. ... more less
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