Zhu Family Garden Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsZhu Family Garden Hotel Jianshui
It was like stepping into another world in another century -- absolutely wonderful. Yes, the bed was a thin (2") pad on wood,;yes, no a/c; yes, the breakfast is basic (there were eggs and butter unlike another review). All of that said, it was worth the minor inconveniences to have the terrific experience. And the gardens were absolutely beautiful. I don't know the cost upgrade, but we stayed in a suite -- still basic, but lots of space.
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Off the beaten track (on to the track beaten only by the French); old photos; barbecues We decided to spend a day at Tuan Shan, a tiny old village about a 30-minute bus ride from town. It wasn't in the Lonely Planet - we found out about it on TripAdvisor - but it must be in a French guide book or at least on the French tour groups' itinerary, as there was an abundance of French welcome signs and the man on the ticket gate asked if we were French. At the time I thought ...
... time, but most of the paint had come off.
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... here and spent several days. I think the reason was because it was not at all touristy! With the exception of the Tibetan areas it was the most authentic place I’ve been to. This is because it’s hard to get to – the only option being a 7 hour bus from Kunming (with a stop in Jianshui if you want to). There’s also not really anywhere to go south of Yuanyang apart from Laos/Vietnam, so most people would then have to do another 7 hour bus ride back ...
... about paying five dollars for a beautiful place. They should had stayed home instead of going off studying abroad in China if they were just going to do nothing.
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