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Zhu Family Garden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Jianshui County
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful and unique hotel”
Reviewed July 13, 2011

The Zhu Family Garden hotel is a Qing dynasty mansion, one of the few that wasn't subdivided during the Cultural Revolution. There are 42 courtyards and many rooms, not to mention countless beautifully restored wood carvings. The room was decorated with traditional furniture including mosquito nets artfully draped over the beds (unfortunately necessary). An absolutely lovely place to spend a few nights.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

I was teaching in Mile, I took a 4-hour bus to Jianshui to stay for 2 days.
Zhu Gardens is also a tourist attraction, but it is even more magical to stay in for the night. What a gorgeous place, and the rooms..well, take a look at the photos! It is considerably more expensive than other hotels in the area but still not overly expensive I suppose in comparison to Western hotels. Yunnan is generally very cheap - It was sometimes only about £4 for a 3-course meal!

Jianshui is become more of a Han Chinese tourist attraction, and unfortunately is becoming increasingly tacky, but at the moment it's still alright and preserved a lot of its culture and old buildings. Just don't go to the Zhu Gardens restaurant with the dancers..it's a rip off and not an authentic experience. There's a restaurant aimed at tourists with an English menu but serves really tasty local dishes just opposite the Gardens called Xianmanlou (or something like that). Otherwise it's really about trying the street food, and avoiding restaurants that look like they might give you poisoning!
The hotel do make an effort to accommodate Westerners for breakfast, but you can see they're not used to it! Yunnan's main crops are tobacco and rice, so they don't eat much bread (or wheat products basically) apart from this weird sweetened brioche stuff. They eat spicy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

The staff speak little English. The Western tourists there at the moment seem to all be French so maybe they know more French than English, je ne sais pas!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 10, 2008

A haven of peace, a trip back into the past, a delightful experience.
To have the chance to stay in such exceptional surroundings is worth the effort of sometimes laborious communication with the staff, but they really do try hard and when the message gets through they are very helpful: finding out bus times, booking the next hotel, keeping luggage during a trip to Yuanyang.
Jianshui is a wonderful place to visit with so much atmosphere..
The breakfast isn't fantastic but who cares there are masses of noodle shops nearby

Stayed August 2008
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Property: Zhu Family Garden Hotel
Address: No.16 Hanlin Street, Lin An Zhen, Jianshui County 654300, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Jianshui County
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Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Jianshui County
Number of rooms: 28

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