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“A hotel with a personal touch”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Baike Hotel

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Baike Hotel
Ranked #1 of 57 Hotels in Longsheng County
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Helsinki, Finland
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“A hotel with a personal touch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Room was spacious and clean. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi were working properly.

The only thing I would improve is to equip the bathrooms with soap too, for better hygiene. I asked the lady in the reception for it but she didn't understand what I was looking for.

Overall there's a nice "back to the nature" -vibe to the hotel (wood is the most used material etc.). The owner is a helpful and friendly guy who speaks really good English (a lifesaver when traveling in China!)

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jason G, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Dear kkirjala,

Thank you for the review!

I am glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Baike Hotel!

I am sorry about the "soap" thing, there is acctualy a small one-time use soap in every room, and I am sorry that our staff did not understand you properly. I will arrange some basic English lessons for our staff in the next few days.

We look forward to your next stay again soon!

Best regards,

Jason
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Jason, the owner, is fantastic. He answers all emails promptly and was quick to organize our transportation to and from Ping'An. His whole family works at the hotel adn they are absolutely lovely. They wanted to be sure we enjoyed our stay. We had a very large room and slept comfortably with our 3 kids (2 bunk beds and one queen bed). There were so many multi-plug outlets that it was the only night in our trip where we did not have to fight over who gets to charge their phone/iPad :)
The hotel is great value and the service is fantastic.
It is at the bottom of Ping/An so you don't have to lug your bags very far. And an easy walk to main village. We had a lot of fun exploring! It is worthwhile spending one night in Ping'An versus a day trip from Guilin.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Jason G, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
Dear Fivedragons,

Thank you for the good review! I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Baike Hotel, and thank you for sharing your experience with other people, we really appreciate it!

We look forward to your next stay with us!

Best regards,

Jason
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

The Baike is really the place to choose when visiting the Longji Rice Terraces. The location is great, with nice views.
The hotel is very cozy and the rooms are far above expectation! They are larger than most 5 star hotels! The hotel and the rooms are very clean.
The food was excellent as well and the lobby/seating area is very relaxing.
Most importantly, Jason, the owner, and all the other employees, including his wife, mother, mother in law etc, were all very very nice, very friendly and attentive.
I would go back without any hesitation and I highly recommend it to couples or families? My children loved the hotel as well!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Jason G, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Dear Yatravelma,

Thank you for your good review!

We are so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Baike Hotel!

We look forward to your next stay soon!

Best regards,

Jason
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife and I stayed in Baike Hotel during our visit to Longji Rice Terrace. Excellent location. Charming boutique hotel. We had a wonderful stay with a panoramic view. Host Jason and his wife took excellent care of us. Definitely a place to stay in if you do visit the Longji Rice Terraces. The 18 Km trek from PingAn to DaZai is highly recommended to view the different amazing Rice Terraces. A guide to lead the way is highly recommended. Food is good and not a problem. The hotel has good and clean amenities. We enjoyed our stay immensely and will not hesitate to recommend the place to anyone.

Room Tip: Rooms are comfortable
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jason-BaikeHotel, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Dear Voon,

Thank you so much for the good review!

We are glad to know you enjoyed your time at Baike Hotel, and we look forward to your next stay again soon in the future.

Best regards,

Jason & the family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

During our week in Yangshuo/Guilin my partner and I wanted to visit the Longji Rice Terraces, so based on other Tripadvisor reviews we booked two nights at Baike Hotel in Ping’an. If I could, I would kiss ev. Tripadvisor reviewer in gratitude for leading us to this charming, relaxed, rustic but well-equipped boutique hotel, which was somehow magically situated on a mountaintop with a fairy-tale vista, but also convenient to reach as it is quite close to the Ping’an gate/car/bus dropoff parking lot. (For other hotels you would have to hike up quite a ways with your bags.)

Jason Gu, the owner (along w/ his family), has the perfect blend of conscientiousness with a chill vibe. He takes care of your ev. need but without crowding you (also, he speaks perfect English). On the second day, my back was bothering me and I was afraid to commit to the 4-5 hour hike from Ping’an to Dazhai, but we still wanted to see the views from Dazhai. No problem — Jason arranged a van to take us up the mountain to Dazhai, where we hiked up to the Tiantou viewing spot and back (2 hours), had a snack, and then a return ride back to Ping’an. Perfect.

Ev. meal at Baike (cooked by Jason’s adorable wife) was somehow both simple and incredibly delicious. Coffee and banana pancakes while sitting on the balcony overlooking the mist-covered rice terraces. Brilliant. Dinner of ginger chicken cooked in a bamboo stalk over a fire was arguably my favorite meal I’ve eaten thus far in China. (Indeed we ate this both nights we stayed at Baike.) The fresh wild greens and pumpkin also delicious.

My husband enjoyed some of Jason’s homemade passionberry wine one evening while sitting out front watching people amble by on the picturesque winding village road.

The panoramic-view room on the 3rd floor was NUTS. Honestly my husband and I spent 45 minutes freaking out at the view when we first entered, taking pictures out the front and side windows. You feel like you’re sleeping in a comfy magical treehouse.

Note that you don’t have to be a serious backpacker/hiker to enjoy Ping’an and the rice terraces— you can hike at a leisurely pace, stopping to take pictures of the stunning landscapes, farmers tending to their rice paddies, villagers going about their daily life, etc. There seem to be a number of cafes and restaurants in Ping’an, although we only ate at Baike b/c we loved it there. :)

All the supplies for these mountain villages are brought up by horseback or person, so it’s also interesting just to walk along the winding alleys of the town, passing horses carrying all sorts of things up and down the path. It’s just a fantastic place for a photographer.

As a foreigner who has lived in China for a few years, I also particularly enjoyed seeing the culture/style of the Zhuang and Yao minorities here. It’s a refreshing change from the Han culture and usual imperial architecture etc. It’s a more vibrant and colorful culture, leaning more toward Tibetan than Han, if you know what I mean.

What else to say — the room was v. clean and comfortable, with ev. modern convenience, but still w/ a rustic charm such as stools made out of tree stumps.

Thank you, Jason Gu and family, for such a memorable, easy, and enjoyable visit to one of China’s most beautiful places.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jason-BaikeHotel, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2014
Dear Mizmu,

Thank you so much for taking your time writing good things about us!

I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Baike Hotel and listed it as one of your favorite places in China.

We look forward to your next stay soon in the future.

Best regards,

Jason
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

My friend and I traveled to Longsheng in March and was able to stay at the Baike hotel for a night. The location is excellent and is only 5 minutes walk from the parking lot and entrance to the village (no need to hire anyone to carry luggage up the hill). The owner called us that night to make sure we didn't get lost; and met us at the parking lot. The hosts are friendly, spoke great English, and we had dinner at the hotel which was reasonably priced and very good food. The room was cozy and warm (it had a well working heater in the room as well as WiFi), the bed was actually soft (rare in China), the bathroom was actually quite modern and nicely renovated. The view was incredible. We had breakfast there as well which was good as well (I suggest trying their home-made soymilk or tea). Then we had a guided tour of the Longii Rice Terraces (the guide was actually the owner's mother-in-law). Firstly, she's really cute, and in amazing health for her age! Secondly, the hike was about 10 miles with a lot of stairs and hills and she climbed them faster than we did. Thirdly, it was very helpful to have her with us leading us through unmarked paths and showing us vista points, we would've never found any of these locations without her. She also took us to a restaurant for lunch which also served good food and was reasonably priced. She was VERY patient with us as we were slow climbers, my friend needed some help with the slippery, wet, and narrow roads, and we took a lot of pictures. She was also very kind to take many pictures for us. It was well worth the cost of getting a guide. All in all, had a great time and would highly suggest this hotel (and especially the guide!)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Jason-BaikeHotel, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Dear macgyver2013,

Thank you for the good review!

It is great to know that you enjoyed your stay at Baike Hotel, and liked the hike with my mother-in-law, she told me that she also enjoyed the tour with you.

We hope to host you again someday in the future.

Best regards,

Jason
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

We had a wonderful stay, mainly due to the host Jason and his family. This place had the best customer service we've experienced at a hotel in China by a long way. A "must stay" place if you are visiting Longji.
Room: we had the panoramic room on 3rd floor and the view was fantastic, the room matches the pictures on the website (there's no airbrushing or "tricky" angles etc). The room was clean and did not have any "funny" smells. The bathroom is basic but clean and plenty of hot water, good water pressure. We did not use the air conditioner. There's a set top box similar to Apple TV in room and if you can read mandarin to operate it there's English TV shows and movies on demand for free, wifi was free in room and fast.
Restaurant: we had breakfast and 2 dinner, food was of good quality, quantity and flavoursome. The view from the restaurant balcony is the same as from our room.
Location: just before the steps leading up to Ping'An village so it's not very far from the car park, very quite. We walked to the viewing platform on the first day but gave up due to both the mist blooming the views and exhaustion. On the second day we walked to DazHai and the views were wonderful. Though sitting in the room looking out the windows is just as wonderful.
Services: Jason booked a shuttle bus for us from Guilin to the car park saving us hundreds of RMB in taxi fare, one family member came to pick us up from the bus and took us to the hotel ( no one else from our bus was meet by their hotel), Jason can also book taxi transfers. We've found that with Jason's help you can do this trip independently from Guilin without any Mandarin language skills.

Room Tip: Panorama room if it's available, you have to see the views for yourself.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jason-BaikeHotel, Owner at Baike Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Hi BM L,

Thank you so much for the good review!

We are so glad that you liked your stay at Baike Hotel!

And we look forward to your next stay again soon in near future.

Best regards,

Jason & the family
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Property: Baike Hotel
Address: Ping'an, Longji Rice Terraces, Longsheng County 541700, China
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Location: China > Guangxi > Longsheng County
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 57 Hotels in Longsheng County
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Number of rooms: 6
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