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Been there 2 times, both times very happy with both good and service. Pizzas are very good, and burgers great. Also, salads worth a try.
Very cousy and comfortable, with heating system inside, during cold evening very nice to go for dinner. We will be...More
We have just returned back from Lijiang a week ago with our 8 days 7 nights all inclusive tour package for our all girls trip. Service was simply top notch and impeccable. Since we had a party of five, they have assigned both a double...More
Is an awesome hotel especially the unique guest rooms. Rooms are equipped floor heating system, air diffuser, electric heated bed & most important lots of socket outlets for modern world technology.
We don’t feel cold...More
Stayed at the Bivou for three nights in early November. Broke up my stay after two nights for overnight trip to Lugu Lake and, since it was slow season, they were kind enough to let me leave most of my gear in the room until...More
Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The BivouResponded 1 week ago
Thank you very much for your kind and generous review! And thank you for the kind remarks about the staff, yes I think most of them do fortunately enjoy the work they do here at The Bivou, especially the interactions the frontdesk staff...More
I really love the way they host their hotel. They made me feel like being home. They sent me an email to notice necessary things before arrival, they offered me welcome drink and breakfast when I came early at 6:30 am. Room is good equipped...More
Bivouac - an old Swiss word meaning “temporary encampment” – is now used by adventurers to describe an improvised shelter. A bivouac is about simplicity.The Bivou is our version of the bivouac for …Moretoday’s discerning travelers. It is a bed-and-breakfast built around the notion that modern adventurers have modern needs: comfort, sustainability, authenticity and style. We are uniquely located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, just a minute away from the historic village square of ancient Shuhe. Our vision is simple…We are Designed for Adventure Less
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Hello-- The tour company I used was: Colorful-China Tours (please Google, since I can't post link). The person I worked with was Michael Stroj, and he was very accommodating in tailoring the tour to our specific interests... More
Hello-- The tour company I used was: Colorful-China Tours (please Google, since I can't post link). The person I worked with was Michael Stroj, and he was very accommodating in tailoring the tour to our specific interests. I had done a lot of research on the history and cultures of the area and we made small adjustments about the time spent in different locations. For example, we spent more time in the small Bai village of Shaxi (between Lijiang and Dali) and it was well worthwhile. Colorful China was very reasonably priced, but I am afraid they might save money on hiring guides that are not top-notch. All the companies hire free-lance tour guides. The fact that our guide was not completely well-versed in the history of the area (but very well-versed on the religion) did not bother us.
We did not fly into Lijiang. We flew into Kunming from Hong Kong and the service on the regional Chinese airlines was quite good. From Kunming, we took another flight to Zhongdian (Shangri-la), and then motored from there to Lijiang, Shaxi, and finally Dali. We then took a train from Dali to Kunming to fly out.
If you are just visiting the Lijiang area, I would urge you to visit the small nearby town of Baisha. Baisha was the capital of the Dali Kingdom until it was moved to Lijiang (Dayan), but even after that it remained the religious center, even into the early Ming period, and there is a cluster of well-preserved Buddhist temples there in Baisha. In one temple are the famous "Lijiang murals", but they are difficult to see because of the low light levels in the temple. Their reproductions are in the Mu Palace in Lijiang (totally recreated home of the ruling Mu family-- highly recommended). We especially enjoyed the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute. They have beautiful silk embroidery and the proceeds go directly to the artists and the school's training program. Check it out. We did not go up the Yu Long Shan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain), but got lovely photos from Lijiang's park (Black Dragon Pool park). Also, in this park is the Naxi Cultural museum-- highly recommended to learn about the Naxi culture and their written language. And also nearby, but a circuitous drive around, is the Leaping Tiger Gorge and that's very worth seeing.
On a down note: old town Lijiang is very commercialized and touristy, but is fun to see and shop for souvenirs.
Hope you have a great time. The natural beauty of the area is outstanding.
We arranged for an airport pickup with the Bivou before our trip. We were very glad we had arranged for the pickup as our flight had been delayed several hours. It was after midnight when we arrived. We arranged the... More
We arranged for an airport pickup with the Bivou before our trip. We were very glad we had arranged for the pickup as our flight had been delayed several hours. It was after midnight when we arrived. We arranged the airport pickup by e-mail after booking the room.
We arranged for a driver and English speaking guide for a day trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge while we were at the Bivou. Our guide was excellent! We also took a free guided hike with one of the Bivou staff. That was great.
The Bivou front desk staff all spoke English and were all very friendly and helpful. We did some tours on our own. The staff provided maps, explained which buses or taxis to take, and provided written instructions that we could hand to drivers. That worked fine for nearby trips and exploring Lijiang Old Town.