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LongJi Terraces Tian ranju Inn
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

5 Stars not as in "5 star hotel", but as in perfectly appropriate for the location and the price. It is wooden, rustic and built like the other typical houses in that area. For German speakers familiar with the Alps, it is kind of like a nice "Huette" (that's what my kids compared it to). Most of what the other reviews say is true: Amazing views from the rooms and terrace; friendly, English speaking hosts (Hannah and Jimmy); thin wooden walls - yes, you will hear your neighbors snore or talk, but that comes with the construction and local style; simple, but functional and private bathrooms; hike-in required - again, that's part of the charm, but you have to be up for it; and working wifi. The rooms and views are just like in the official photos. We did like the food, especially the dishes made with fresh local vegetables like bamboo shoots. We loved the fried noodles with egg for breakfast - so yummy!

I loved the night - it cooled down a lot, and we slept with the window open - the screen kept out bugs (the gaps in the building probably didn't, though). The different kinds of frogs made for nice background noise?music?, which actually was welcome to camouflage your neighbors' noise, if there was any.

To clear up any confusion: This inn is now run by Hannah, who had previously managed the Jin Tian Inn and got rave reviews there (her lease there was up and they are constructing a new inn partially in front of it now).

We also found the local people very friendly and not pushy at all.

If you think about visiting the rice terraces, do it sooner rather than later. It is becoming more touristy and commercialized, but in the back part of the rice terraces (Dazhai, Tian Tou Village), it was still very enjoyable. You can tell it is changing, though, and they are putting in a Gondola to go up to one of the view points from Dazhai. That will likely bring a lot more people, though many might just stick to taking the Gondola and lots of pictures.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Pros: The view is SPECTACULAR. The location is close to Golden Budda Viewpoint (viewpoint #3), about an hour away. Jimmy, the guy who meets you at the bottom of the hill and hikes up with you, is awesome. He was really helpful in helping us organize our next leg of the trip. The room was good size. Wifi worked really well in the rooms. Price is good.

Cons: The bathroom is a little dark and the floor remains wet. The food in the restaurant was not very good and pricey. The walk up is tough if you got a big backpack (but old lady villagers/sherpas will carry it up for you if you can brave the humiliation). No AC which was ok when we went but I think it would be hot in other times of the year as there are no fans in the room either.

You gotta mentally prepare for the hike up when you get dropped off in the parking lot. But you see a lot of old people doing it and girls in heels doing it, so you can do it. Just eat something before you go. Jimmy is very encouraging through it all and you take breaks. I think it's worth it to stay higher up.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Once you get over the stiff walk uphill to the village you will receive a warm welcome from Jimmy, who was also very helpfull sorting transport from Guilin. Rooms are fine, a bit noisy until everyone goes to bed but them that will be true of every place around here as they are all wooden. Walk from the door to the viepoints if you can tear youself away from the windows. Food was fine, tasty and cooked to order with a western breakfast available.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Property: LongJi Terraces Tian ranju Inn
Address: Tian tou village,Dazhai village,Longji rice terraces scenic area, Longsheng County 541701, China (Formerly Tian ranju Inn)
Location: China > Guangxi > Longsheng County
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Longsheng County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tian ranju inn (hotel) is located in the hilltop village of TianTou Zhai (Tian tou village),perched above Dazhai Village (where the Chinese Minorities – Yao’s place of residence )in the most scenic region of Longji. When you arrive Tian tou village ,you can begin to have a panoramic view of the terraces,you can see very beautiful wide view of Rice Terraces from here as well as the Yao people still keep very primitive life style and unique customs.We are stay in the middle of three view point ,is the most covenient place in Dazhai you can access to three view point.Tian ran ju Inn have 16 rooms ,include 4 double room facing rice terraces field;2 big bed room facing rice terraces field;2 triple room facing rice terraces field;8 double room unfacing rice terrraces field.All our room have the independent path room 、24 hours hot shower 、free WI-FI 、TV.So far,Tian ran ju Inn have 2 years old,we supply enlish speaking servic、free WI-FI、 chinese and simple western food、coffee and tea、book exchange and so on.Both Jimmy Qin and Hannah Wuu like to make friends with you,you can stay here just like home.wellcome to Tian ranju Inn and hope everyone has a good trip in china.NOTE:Room facing terraces field is the western toliet;Room unfacing rice terraces field is the chinese toliets;Please prepare your Wash one-time items by youself; ... more   less 
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