I didn't stay here, but it's another option in Ping'An. I assume the prices are about the same in all the places.
This modest hotel with clean rooms seems to be one of the ones owned by a local family. More info soon!
The airy bedrooms are probably really great in the spring, summer and early fall, when the temperature is warm enough to open the windows and breathe the relief from the city air. Some of the hotels have better views than others. In the winter, that airflow overruns the poor heating unit, and while downstairs the family gathers in front of the TV or in the kitchen around a tiny coal fire (leaving the door wide open...) upstairs in the rustic building gets quite cold. One also has to wonder how long the building will stay up- it creaks so!
It's a good way to get a bit of contact with the locals, better, of course, if you speak the language, and it's nice to eat their food.
Many of the rooms in all of the hotels have showers and toilets, though ours was a squatting toilet. In February 2008, just before we got there, the area was hit by an ice storm, which cut off water. So, either the hot water from the amazingly efficient thermoses we used was from the ice melt runoff or another source down mountain.
At the parking lot below Ping'An, you will be met by zealous old ladies with woven baskets on their backs who want you to stay at their hotels. After you huff and puff up a road lined with souvenir vendors, you come to some stairs. Climb the stairs into the village (they aren't modern stairs, evenly spaced and wide, but a narrow bit of path with rocks as steps.) If the old woman carries your luggage for you, as I watched one woman do for a short-sighted, young, male tourist who thought it wise to carry a checked-size rolling bag, then shame on you! Carry only what you can handle yourself! Seeing that rolling bag stick out of her woven basket backpack was quite a sight...
The families that run the hotels are either local, as ours was, or from Longsheng, Guilin or other places, capitalizing on the tourists... try to go with a local hotel, I guess. We had a simple, local and excellent dinner of chicken and mushroom hotpot, replete with fractured head, feet and all the delicacies. Another dish made from a root, sausage and shallots, with ginger and garlic was quite good.
If you're handicapped, there are facilities for you to be carried, a litter at best, a chair between two poles at worst, though to really get around the village and surroundings, you'll need to be able to walk and be in decent shape at that.
We did not stay in Longsheng but we spent two nights in Dazhai. Here's sharing with you on Dazhai's accomodation.....
It's not the luxury or the conveniences that make you want to stay in Tian Ti - they don't even speak English! The thing that makes you want to linger on is the warmth that you feel when you are staying there. It's like home - hosts, Mrs Pan and her daughters, Liang Mei and Liang Yin are so chirpy and sincere....they tell you what exactly they have and don't have...
Tian Ti which is an hour hike from the base of Dazhai little bus stop, has been operating for a couple years. They have two blocks of double storey building made of wood and we were staying in the "new wing". Rooms are basic but really clean and neat - with or without baths (warm and cold water). You can choose to have your room facing the rice terraces or otherwise. During peak, bed is at 30yuan per pax while during the low it is 20yuan. There are common baths on both floors and a common dinning and living room at the ground floor.
See more photos attached on the layout of Tian Ti lodge
1) Accessible to vantage points to rice terraces
* 2minutes walk to vantage point 1 - the famous "seven stars with moon" rice terrace in Jingkeng
* 15minutes walk to vantage point 2
* 1 hour walk to vantage point 3
2) hmmm, delicious home-cooked meals, reasonably priced
3) guide fee of less than 100uan per day - taking you for a hike down to Ping-An
4) internet access for free
* you can request Mrs Pan to show you her long hair, if you want...ha..ha..and she weaves too!
Wanted to stay at the Mei Jing Lou (Beautiful Scenery Inn) which was highly recommended. But it was fully booked. So, we stayed here instead. It's near Mei Jing Lou but located slightly lower.
Everything was nice about the inn. Modern toilet (with flush and heaters!) and comfortable clean bed. Very friendly owner.
The guesthouse offers a kind of free leaf tea that has quite unique flavor. According to the owner, it's picked on this mountain which can freshening you up.
The accommodation price is cny 30/bed or cny 120/twin share room with built-in bathroom in peak season. The guesthouse is located halfway to the top of mountain and mid-point of viewpoint #1, #2 and #3 which is most convenient location.
The Hostel is owned by the local - Hong Yao Tribe. Facilities are reasonable - hot shower, clean toilet, good local food, and wine to keep body warm. The Owner - Auntie Shu - is a friendly and warm person. From guide to chef, Auntie Shu and her family will try their best to "look after" fellow travellers. We feel like being part of the family.
Cozy home feeling. It is a strategic move - to stay at this hostel as it is only abt 10 mins walk from the Da Zhai town. Once u unloaded your heavy backpack (I carried a 50 Litre one), you can go trek up the 3 scenic points way up - but at an enjoyable pace. Auntie Shu is always smiling and enjoying the company of foreigners =)
Note: The other hostels are high up - this means u have to walk up abt 45 - 1 hr up (Dun forget the return trip). Of cos, you can get a porter.
This place is at the highest point on the hill in Ping An Cun, a Zhuang minority village with rice terraces built on the slopes of the hills. Ping An Cun is about an hour away by bus from Longsheng bus station.
Ask for the room with attached bathroom. RMB80 a night for 2 persons.
The room and bed are great. The bathroom a bit crude but good enough for a shower.
You eat downstairs. Food is so so in the entire village so don't bother hunting for restaurants.
The young lady who runs the place is a bit of a snob and an acute business woman. But her fried rice is great! Don't let the mother make the fried rice for you. Remember that.
The whole place is made of wood.
The wood smells better than any manmade air freshener.
Outstanding views of Dazhai Rice Terrace Valley. The ex- and interior are entirely made of wood which gives the place a wonderful atmosphere. Cheap too: 20 yuan per bed (40 for a single) and you can stay under your blankets watching the sunrise! See my 'Things To Do' chapter for more pictures.
We did not spend a night in Lonji Titan, with hind sight, we should have. There are plenty of guesthouses like this one in Ping An (we had lunch here). Check and pick the one you like. Please note that, not all of them are operated by locals. Some are owned by people from Yangshuo or Guilin, cashing in on the new tourist spot.
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