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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shaxi Laomadian Lodge China/Yunnan - Jianchuan County