LaoJia 老家 is a fully revived and restored countryside home, nestled amongst Yangshuo County's Li River Valley landscape. This residence and its setting are one-of-a-kind, and the experience of living in a remote (accessible only by bamboo boat) Chinese village will be equally memorable. Here are a few details that we believe will make your stay something special.
Find yourself wandering the Qing Dynasty hallways, living amongst the locals in a historic fishing and farming village. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables from family gardens, fresh-caught fish from the river, and drink water straight from the mountain aquifer. Get lost in the orange groves, collect firewood with local grandmothers, and scale the hills to herd goats with shepherds.
See Chinese craftsmanship at its finest. This stone, wood, and brick home has been standing proud for more than 250 years. Our careful 6-month renovation has ensured the continued life and enjoyment of the residence in its original beauty.
Located on the waterfront of Yangshuo's most immaculate stretch of the Li River, the landscape will speak for itself. The backdrop of famously ominous mountains that tower above the village can be seen from the open-air living room. Gorgeous and challenging mountain hikes, quiet riverside walks, and peaceful wandering through the fruit plantations are right outside of our door.
Our place has been designed with an aura of peace in mind. Come here to be taken care of; to decompress from city life and absorb the countryside around you. Read, write, meditate, and be free in a welcoming setting.
While preserving the authentic architecture, we've made the upgrades that are necessary for comfortable living. With an eye for European design, the house has been outfitted with all of the amenities including a modest kitchen that guests are free to use. And the internet is fast enough to accommodate those who might be bringing their work life with them.
Fresh, healthy meals are prepared daily (lunch and dinner) by a local woman from our village. We ask guests to contribute 25RMB per person, per meal, which goes towards the cost of procuring local vegetables and wages the local cook.
Breakfast is free of charge, and guests may help themselves to it when they wake up. Guests are also free to enjoy fruits, a wholesome selections of teas, and coffee at any time during the day.
About our rooms and rates: The rates listed are per bedroom (we have 4 bedrooms available at any given time, so please inquire). Each bedroom can host 2 guests. The nightly rate is US$36 per bedroom (with one guest), and an additional $10 per night for the second guest.
In short, to reach our place you will need to arrive at Yangdi Village.
Arriving by train or bus, once in Guilin, its best to start the journey to our place from the Railway Station. From Guilin Railway Station you may either travel by bus (~1.5 hour, 18.5 RMB/person) or taxi (45 min, 220RMB) to Yangdi Village on the Li River. From the harbor in Yangdi Village we will come to pick you up in our boat, then cruise the final 10 minutes downriver to our village.
If you're coming from the airport, you can take a taxi direct to Yangdi Village. There is also possibility to travel by bus.
We will send more detailed directions upon booking, and can help to arrange transportation....Read more
Left on 05/07/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | shellctReviewed May 7, 2014Stayed May 2014
LaoJia is a fabulous getaway from the hussle and bussle of travel in China. A great place to unwind...
My family of 5 (mum, sisters and 11 year old daughter) stayed with Eric and Maarten for 3 days during the Public Holiday period. We had been travelling in China for 2 weeks prior.
A lovely (and safe) lady driver transported us from Guilin to Yangdi village, where we were further transported to Langshi Village on a raft boat. The scenery was breathtaking (and we would have saved ourselves many RMB the day before on a tour which took us to nearly the same spot, save yourself the money and do this instead).
LaoJia is tranquil and a step back in time. Eric and Maarten have done a terrific job in bringing a unique experience to foreigners ie: a taste of the real China. We were fortunate that a funeral ceremony/celebration was taking place in the village during our stay and we were able to experience first hand how a village celebrates life as a community. Apart from this we also headed for the mountains to watch a goat herder round up his herd of goats, went in search of bats in a nearby cave and accompanied a local farmer as she attended her orange grove. There is as little or as much as you want to do here.
I highly recommend this experience.
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