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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... lift in a rather dodgy tuk tuk to the Bada viewing platform, a good place to watch the sunset. It must be one of the best places to watch the sunset as it was packed with Chinese tourists taking photos. The view was amazing or perhaps I should say the terraces were amazing, glittering in the fading sun all the way down the valley. Once the sun had set we flagged down a mini van to get a lift back to our village and arrived back at Jacky's ...
The roosters woke me up with their screaming. An hour later, I heard pigs screaming for their lives. I opened my eyes and couldn't believe Chris was up already.
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... all the terraces, maintaining them and doing all the planting and harvesting. Of course, Roger wanted to give some farmers a hand by helping to cut the rice and smashing it out of the husk. He stepped knee-deep into the mud and we surely had a good laugh with the farmers. They couldn't believe that a tourist would actually get down and dirty with them ;-).
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