Lijiang Garden Inn

No.7 Wenming Alley, Yishang Village, Wuyi Street, Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan, 641000, China | Hostel
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This hostel, located on No.7 Wenming Alley, Yishang Village, Wuyi Street, Gucheng District, Lijiang, is near Black Dragon Pond Park, Baisha Village, and Museum of Nàxi Dongba Culture.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsLijiang Garden Inn

    Reviewed by heididownunder

    Super relaxing hostel with friendly and helpful staff!

    Reviewed Apr 10, 2014
    by (3 reviews) , Austria Flag of Austria

    I arrived in Lijiang really early in the morning of the 11th of April with 3 of my friends without having booked anything.
    Therefore we took out our Lonely Planet and decided to go looking for the Garden Inn as it seemed like a really nice calm place to stay and relax.
    It really isn't hard to find, although we did need to ask a few locals for help, because our taxi driver didn't drop us off at the right place (taxis aren't allowed in the old town). Once found, we just asked if they had some space left and we ended up getting a 30Yuan (per person) dorm room just for us 4. You should probably book ahead during the high season as it is marked 'Top Choice' in the Lonely Planet! The room was really clean and big, had 4 lockers and huge beds! :) As it was on the first floor we had an amazing view over the roofs of Lijiang and the inner courtyard of the hostel. There was also a small terrace to relax and drink coffee on.
    The hostel was very peaceful and quiet as it was off the main streets and you could relax in the sun or shade in a comfortable chair in the courtyard. Therefore don't expect a party hostel, although it might get noisier when booked out during the high seasons. There is also quite fast wireless which you can use for free.
    They serve really good Yunnan coffee, which was a little expensive but I expected that, as coffee always costs more in China. We also had breakfast there which was quite nice (you need to tell them if you want to eat before 8am the day before) and not too expensive.
    The staff was really, really friendly and helpful and easy going (and speak really good English!). They just copied our passports when checking in and gave us a map and some information on what to do in Lijiang.
    As we wanted to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge the next days we asked them for some help booking the tour. He showed us the hike on a map and suggested the Halfway Guesthouse, which is about 6h walk from the entry of the Gorge. We also booked the transport from the hostel to the Gorge at 7.30am and pre-ordered breakfast. As we had our travelling backpacks with us and planned to take only a small backpack with water and a change of t-shirts to the gorge, we asked to leave the rest at the hostel. This was for free although we did have to pay a bit for the shower after retunrning from the hike, as we didn't book a room for that night. The showers and toilets were good enough for the price. Not great, but not bad so no complaints there.
    At arrival we also booked our night train back to Kunming for the day of return from the Tiger Leaping Gorge. We told the dates at the reception and he booked the tickets for us, which arrived the next day. We only paid a few Yuan extra as commission, but a taxi ride to and back from the station would have been more expensive and time consuming.
    All in all I can say that I really liked staying there and would've definitely extended my stay if I had had more time!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by gandnclub

    A diverse and happy place

    Reviewed Oct 16, 2012
    by (7 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    A nice mix of Chinese and foreign guests. Deluxe double (#207) was beautiful with windows on two walls and balcony just outside. Staff very friendly and helpful, easy walk to everywhere, location is right at the edge of the tourist center. Good breakfast food available. Everything very comfortable and clean, though we preferred using the dorm shower by the laundry to keep our private bathroom dry. We sometimes had to close our front windows because other guests were smoking just outside.

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    Reviewed by philandley

    Great place, very helpful

    Reviewed May 6, 2012
    by (13 reviews) , Thailand Flag of Thailand

    The building is beautiful and all is very clean. The staff are very knowlegdable and always willing to help.
    Computers, wifi, hot water, washing machine, cheap food, good chillout areas etc
    We were upgraded for free because they did not have the room that we booked!

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    TripAdvisor Reviews Lijiang Garden Inn

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Lijiang

    Episode 5: Lijiang

    A travel blog entry by heididownunder on Apr 10, 2014

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    On the night of the 9th April, after returning from our day trip to the Stone Forest in Shilin, we boarded our train to Lijiang which is North- West of Kunming.

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    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    A travel blog entry by hshannon on Jul 12, 2014

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    ... a change of clothes, a bottle of water and my camera (which takes up more space than my rain jacket) we headed off on a dirt road, following the red arrows that would lead us through the Gorge. The first two hours were a slow descent along a narrow dirt path. We passed by some farmers working in the fields and a few trailside shops selling bananas, snickers bars, bottles of water, pipes and bags of the locally grown green herb. It took the ...

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    Relaxing in Lijiang

    A travel blog entry by charlotteg2206 on Jul 25, 2013

    5 photos

    This was mainly a relaxing day as all we did was have some lunch and then walk up to this cafe that looks out over the old town before we were aloud to walk around the town and find some dinner ourselves before meeting back at the hotel.

    A group of us would sit in the courtyard playing cards until it was time to go to our rooms and get some rest for a busy day the next ...