Let me just start by saying a trip to the Ping'an Village is a must. The only true way to see it is to stay over night. The daytime is filled with tour bus after tour bus loaded with tourists, if you wait till later in the day or early morning it is much better.
The Li-An Lodge is quite possibly the nicest place to stay in the village. That said, it is a small village and there are not too many other options.
The hotel is nice, simple and semi-clean. Upon arrival you will be assigned a drawer to keep your shoes in and a pair of simple hotel slippers (nothing fancy, just the typical ones in a plastic bag).
I can't remember the name of our room, it was the last room on the right hand side on the second floor (the same level as the lounge). Our room was simple. I wasn't expecting much more and it would have been fine. The area is a very hard to reach village, so don't expect 3 or 4 star accommodations. That said, I still expect a certain amount of cleanliness, which is what this room was lacking. Cobwebs under the bed, mold on the wall, dirty light switches (which are above the bed), and stained curtains.
I could get past all that as long as the bathroom is clean, which it was far from. The hotel does not provide any kind of bottled water as they claim their water is drinkable, this may very well be true, but when the drinkable water comes from a dirty bathroom I am not going to trust it. The shower was over grown with mold, the floor dirty and towels left something to be desired.
Helpful tip: When there is a less then desirable shower I've gotten in the habit of tossing a hand towel on the floor of the shower and stand on that rather then let my feet touch the floor. Be careful to leave enough room for the drain so you don't end up standing in a pool of water in the dirty shower.
The first night I took a quick shower (on the towel) and it was fine. They toiletries are similar to ones you would find at a local gym, most men would be fine with it (my husband was) It is too harsh if you have any sort of color in your hair, use whatever you might have brought (I usually pack a small amount just in case or grab an extra if a hotel has a really great brand).
There are not to many options in the village for food, so the fact they provide breakfast, lunch and dinner is really helpful. The food is very simple, with a pre-set menu. Nothing fancy and not large portions.
We slept fine the first night, I was a little itchy but figured it was just old sheets (might be the same ones since they opened). The second night was a nightmare. I woke up in the middle of the night to find a 2 inch cockroach in the bathroom. I might have woken up the entire hotel with my scream (did I forget to mention the walls are very thin, you can hear conversations from rooms above or the people walking past the hotel outside). Suffice it to say, I did not sleep the rest of the night nor did I take a shower the next morning. Since I stayed up all night I found the source of the "itchy sheets" to be ants in the bed.
I do not reget going to Ping-An village. The area is beautiful, great for hiking. It was my husbands favorite place on our trip. I would probably stay again, but for only one night. Knowing what you are getting into might help, do not expect anything but a simple, rustic place.
my advice for Li-An Lodge: invest in bleach. get rid of the mold and cover up the holes on the bathroom floor where bugs are likely to come in from. I understand the area is a bit rustic, but one clean corporate hotel in the area will put you out of business. It would be sad to see that happen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking magnificent Longsheng rice terraces, Li-An Lodge is a wood structure implementing Chinese building technique of tongue and groove without nails. The owner, Keren Su, renowned photographer, artist and adventurous world traveler, uses his impeccable artistic taste to design each room in a distinct theme featuring Chinese folk art and culture. There are guided hiking tours during the day and slide shows featuring Keren's photography at night. This is where Chinese tradition meets modern luxury. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Li An Hotel Longsheng County
- Li An Longsheng County