I stayed for 3 nights in July 2013 and had a wonderful time. I was travelling by myself. I booked a taxi to get to the carpark and paid around 600CNY. Then paid 40CNY for a porter to carry my bag up to the top of the hill. We walked behind a pony most of the way so it was nice and slow. Around 40 minutes to the Inn and the views were just awesome. Summer was a great time to go but very hot and humid.
I loved the Inn and was spoilt by the happy family and women who were selling their goods there. I loved sitting at the tables and watching the people come and go. The food was the just about the best I had in China. They have boiled water for topping up the water bottles.
I arrived Friday night. On Saturday, I walked down to Dazhai to find all the traditional clothes hanging outside the buildings drying - it was very pretty. Then I caught the bus to the Huanglo village (the village with the long hair) and watched the show - very good. I walked uphill for an hour (steeply uphill) and arrived at Pingan so looked around the terraces there which were just as good as at Dazhai but more touristy. I preferred Dazhai overall.
Then I walked about 4 hours to get back to my hotel. This would have been long except it poured with rain and I enjoyed the mists rolling round the hills. It would have been hard to get lost as all the stone paths lead to the same villages.
That night all the terraces were alight with torches burning and fireworks going off - it was a festival. The ladies at the inn grabbed my hand and ran me round to viewpoint to watch. They they walked me home again.
The next day, I took the cable car to the top of one of the viewpoints and walked down the mountain. There are little shops in Darzhai and it's cheap and easy to top up on nibblies.
I like the Inn. Its a 3 story wooden building - as they all are. I figure they would all be the same.
I had a top floor room with terrace views.
My room had a western toilet. The shower was right next to the toilet and there was no curtain so the toilet did get wet - I figure it was kept clean.
No towels - but I had my own small one.
You do get noise between the thin walls but that was why I had the top floor and it didn't bother me.
The bed was a double and good. I had a couple of chairs and a dressing table in the room.
I felt my belongings were bery safe there.
The views from my window were divine.
I'd rather stay at the top of the mountain than the bottom and I'd go back to this Inn tomorrow. Hannah wasn't there when I was there but her cousin looked after me wonderfully.
I booked by emailing Hannah and she was helpful. I paid when I arrived. Make sure you take enough cash because there are no banks or ATM's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tian ranju inn (hotel) is located in the hilltop village of TianTou Zhai (Tian tou village)，perched above Dazhai Village (where the Chinese Minorities – Yao’s place of residence )in the most scenic region of Longji. When you arrive Tian tou village ,you can begin to have a panoramic view of the terraces,you can see very beautiful wide view of Rice Terraces from here as well as the Yao people still keep very primitive life style and unique customs.We are stay in the middle of three view point ,is the most covenient place in Dazhai you can access to three view point.Tian ran ju Inn have 16 rooms ,include 4 double room facing rice terraces field;2 big bed room facing rice terraces field;2 triple room facing rice terraces field;8 double room unfacing rice terrraces field.All our room have the independent path room 、24 hours hot shower 、free WI-FI 、TV.So far,Tian ran ju Inn have 2 years old,we supply enlish speaking servic、free WI-FI、 chinese and simple western food、coffee and tea、book exchange and so on.Both Jimmy Qin and Hannah Wuu like to make friends with you,you can stay here just like home.wellcome to Tian ranju Inn and hope everyone has a good trip in china.NOTE:Room facing terraces field is the western toliet;Room unfacing rice terraces field is the chinese toliets;Please prepare your Wash one-time items by youself; ... more less
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