I am very particular about staying in clean, uncluttered, and tranquil hotels, and due to past experiences, I have always avoided bed & breakfast inns. Thus, I arrived in Fonglou village with a healthy dose of skepticism about the Phoenix Pagoda Inn, where our company had reserved several rooms for a company retreat. However, the Phoenix Pagoda Inn is a different kind of bed & breakfast, hence my experience is worth sharing.
I was very pleasantly surprised last November when I arrived at this small, clean, quiet, and quaint inn, with all the modern amenities one would expect from a hotel, balanced by traditional Chinese décor.
We spent 4 days at the Phoenix Pagoda; our time comprised of 4 hours of daily corporate team-building exercises, followed by rest and relaxation that included bicycle and moped riding, bamboo water rafting along the Li River, rock climbing, zip lining, and repelling on Karst peaks in and around the village. We also enjoyed a large-scale, colorful performance by the Li River Mountain-Water Theater, which displayed the cultures of ethnic groups in Guangxi in the open-air Li River Amphitheater in Yangzhou City.
The staff of the Phoenix Pagoda Inn is extremely friendly and caring, with a strong command of the English language. The guest beds were comfortable, not the hard type favored in China which I dread, and the guest rooms offered beautiful views of the Karst peaks. Breakfast each morning, perched high atop the inn on the open-air deck watching the villagers begin their day while the cows mooed, the birds tweeted and the dogs roamed, was a sight to behold and offered time for reflection.
The 4 days at the Phoenix Pagoda made me feel more relaxed than I have felt in 30 years anywhere else. If you visit China, you must not miss the opportunity to stay at the Phoenix Pagoda Inn in Fonglou village.
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- Yangshuo Phoenix Pagoda Fonglou Retreat presents the most natural style accommodation for you to enjoy the hills and rivers at Yangshuo. ... more less
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