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.
- 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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