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Shaxi Laomadian Lodge
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is a lovely little guest-house with touches of boutique hotel. Shaxi itself is tiny and undeveloped but is becoming increasingly geared up for tourists. Our room was off the main courtyard. The bed was comfortable and had a mosquito net. The bathroom was quite stylish and had good-quality products. The decor is the original wooden and brick walls, but charmingly lit and full of character. The kitchen prepared us a vegetarian dinner which was delicious. Breakfast was a high point - good coffee (a rarity in this part of China), good scrambled egg, french toast, fruit and juice. A really peaceful stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Very charming room, simple with handmade woodcarving everywhere and a decent bathroom, in particular given that the village is not the most touristic destination in Yunnan.

Of course, access with heavy luggage or for disabled is challenging, but they are really trying their best to create a cosy guesthouse outside of the touristy tracks of Yunnan.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Stayed one night at the lodge. My room was next to the reception area and consisted of a large double bed which was comfortable. The bathroom was well appointed with a bath tub and large shower. Breakfast was well prepared with a variety of things to eat.
The staff were friendly.

Drawbacks:
(1) Because of the old state of the building there are many gaps in the woodwork. I missed having curtains to give more privacy.
(2) There is insufficient lighting so reading at night is impossible.

Tip:
Have a cup of freshly ground coffee at the little cafe past the temple on the square.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Stayed at Laomadian Lodge whilst travelling through Yunnan during the summer and we really enjoyed our time here. A beautiful old building on the town square, rooms with character, friendly staff, good breakfast with a choice of Chinese or Western style food and definitely worth the cost even if more expensive than other accommodation in beautiful Shaxi.
Comfortable bed and a modern bathroom with a very good shower; though the drapes in lieu of a door may not be to everyone's taste!
A great place to stay whether passing through or as a base for hiking in the local area.
Would recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

I brought my mother and her partner here when I took then through Shaxi (my favorite place in all of Yunnan), and it was the perfect experience for them. The hotel is pricey by local standards (ie around $100 per night), but if that's not an issue, it's a beautiful place to stay with high-end beds and the best bathrooms in the town (my understanding is that the owner used to do bathroom design for a high-end hotel chain). For many people, this is exactly the China that they're looking for—beautiful and refined, but homey and authentic. A rare find these days.

Room Tip: Ask to see a few rooms as they vary considerably in layout.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place may not suit all guest but for us it was perfect! A beautiful old building with lovely staff. Yes, there are gaps in the wood panelling but isn't that to be expected in such an old building? The small drapes covering the modern bathroom were different... I guess a door would have been nice, same for the awesome shower. The food was delicious - ask for the noodles for breakfast rather than the western style food.

Shaxi itself is a small village yet to be overrun by tourists. We were the only white people in sight. Try an be there on a Friday between 9-2 for the local market where all the villagers come down from the mountains to buy and sell their wares. If you are as lucky as us you may be treated to a performance in the town square.

Shaxi is a beautiful little villiage, use it as a base for hiking or as a stopover between Lijiang and Dali. The village itself has not much to do/see apart from the market.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

The Laomadian Lodge is utterly charming, with two beautiful enclosed courtyards and a perfect location in Shanxi's ancient square. Da Hua, the manager, was super-helpful, he drew us a map of the surrounding villages and attractions, organised a driver to take us up to Shangri La, and even came along for the ride! Dinner on both nights was fantastic, with good quality ingredients, simply prepared.
A few drawbacks, the old wooden walls have gaps to the outside, and despite a plug in radiator in our room, we were absolutely freezing. Same problem in the dining room, where there are plug in radiators under the tables, but they don't make a dent in the chilly air. And, like other reviews have mentioned, there is no bathroom door -- and windows all around the bathroom stall, so no privacy whatsoever. Still, it's a wonderfully preserved old inn, clean, charming and inexpensive.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MrsPChina
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Additional Information about Shaxi Laomadian Lodge

Address: Sideng street, Shaxi Town, Jianchuan County 671302, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Jianchuan County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Jianchuan County
Price Range: $26 - $27 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Shaxi Laomadian Lodge Laomadian signifies 'Inn for old horses' and it used to lodge caravan owners traveling on the Tea-Horse Caravan Road, from Xishuangbanna to Tibet and further, transporting and trading mainly tea, but also other merchandises like salt, silver, copper etc. Situated between Dali and Lijiang, near Jianchuan, Shaxi was one of the important trading centers on the Tea-Horse Caravan Road since several hundred years. Winter 2006, after 4 years of restoration work by Swiss architects with the help of Jianchuan government and several Swiss and International fundings, Shaxi has regained its beauty and starts to attract visitors from afar to admire this one of the last well-conserved market centers on the famous Tea-Horse Caravan Road. Shaxi Laomadian is a compound consists of 3 courtyards and 6 shop-fronts. It is being renovate into a modern Lodge with 9 standard rooms and 3 dormitories, a tea house and a fusion restaurant/bar (Karma Cafe). ... more   less 
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