After having to spend two nights in the awful Jade Dragon Hotel due to our travel agent in London, Evertravel and their partner Peace travel in Beijing once again messing up our hotel reservations, we were so relieved to arrive at the Zen Garden. We had read all about it on Tripadvisor and so glad we made it! They even brought our luggage over from the other hotel for us.
This has got to be one of the best hotel experiences we had during our 51 days of travel in the region. The staff are really friendly they brought us tea when we were using the internet, we met some really nice fellow travellers, had comfortable seats to sit on outside our room on the top floor and relax, had tea and hot water provide in the room an Naxi cake provided when we arrived. Breakfast was a small buffet but good enough, although we slept ina couple of days and went into town to eat. There is broadband access in the room and when we had a problem the manager came staright up to sort it out.
We left our luggage when we went to Tiger Leaping Gorge and when we returned it was already in our room when we checked in.
It is easy to walk into the old town and get off the beaten track away from the tourist hordes. We ate at the Petite Lijiang Bookcafe a couple of times and loved it. Watch out for the price of coffee in Lijiang it ranges from 8 or 10 to 35 yuen so you know when you are being ripped off! Avoid Foreigners street after 6pm as it turns into a nightclub! had breakfast there at a french restaurant which was very good value. Also, eat the fish it is wonderful, especially in Baisha village and the local Naxi restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ZENGARDENHOTELS LIJIANG Wuyi YardZengardenhotels Wuyi Yard in Lijiang China offers you two very beautiful Naxi-Style courtyard hotels, carefully originally designed as traditional timber construction and natural stone wall and pavements. All the rooms have a little balcony with seats which are orientated to the open green yard where you can enjoy the sunshine.The Zengardenhotels Wuyi Yard is very well situated in the center of the Old Town of Lijiang, next to the Si Fang square and the stone bridge. It is a little hidden gem with a wonderful view over the roofs of the Old Town Dayan to the Wang Gu Lou Pagoda on the Lion Hill. Especially in the night you have a very scenic view over the illuminated Old Town from the 2. level of Wuyi Yard.Entering the gate into the peaceful and relaxing teahouse of Zengardenhotels Wuyi Yard you are surrounded by lovely orchids, bonsai trees, Koi-fish-pond and cozy sunshine places. You can listen to the music from ancient Chinese Gujin instruments and sense the Chinese traditional atmosphere and culture while the bubble sound of the fishpond calm down the hectic rush of normal life. A very tasteful aesthetic atmosphere has been created from a collector of art and crafts who leads you into the fine art of ancient China with its skillful design works. Therefore the reception and the teahouse in Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard are very well decorated with high class Chinese antiques furniture, vases, paintings and fine art wood carvings from the Ming and Qing Dynasty. You can drink the best blends of the famous and healthy PU-ER Tea while you can enjoy the privacy of the relaxing Zen Garden reading some books from the library or improve your calligraphy skills the owner can teach you how to use the brushes. Listening to the Chinese music you are also invited to burn some incense on our little private Buddhism altar. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the individual high class private atmosphere of our teahouse. If you like to book the complete house for your private company’s event we like to arrange all the things you need. The Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard is a private owned Boutique Hotel with in total 16 rooms on two levels. We provide 14 x Standard Rooms and 2 x Special Rooms. • 14 x Deluxe Standard Double Rooms 20m2, with Twin beds 2.00 x1.0m luxury mattress (can be combined to one big bed), are comfortable and well equipped with modern toilet and separated shower, hair-dryer pp. sideboard with flat screen TV 24”, telephone international open line, ADSL Lan-cable, W-Lan.• 2 x Special Rooms 22m2, with Antique Chinese Wedding bed 2.00 x1.60m are comfortable and well equipped with modern toilet and separated shower, hair-dryer pp. sideboard with flat screen TV 24”, telephone international open line, ADSL Lan-cable, W-Lan.The Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard offers a public business corner with two Desktop PC’s for surfing the web, free of charge. If you bring your own laptop or wifi mobile you can use our W-Lan for free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zen Garden Lijiang