One of our most memorable stays in China. It is truly onerous to get to Shaxi (5 hours of buses etc. from Dali) but it's the China you imagined, and wished the rest of China actually looked like. Staying at the Dragonfly actually made the horrible transportation worth it. Sitting in the courtyard of the guest house, looking at the mountains peaking over the traditional Chinese roofs, is truly wonderful. Mr. Wu's wife makes the most delicious meals, and Mr. Wu is extremely helpful and speaks impeccable English. The inn itself was once an old theater that Mr. Wu turned into a guesthouse, so the architecture is incredible. The setting is breathtaking-- it sits on a terrace with the mountains behind it, overlooking the gorgeous rice fields. We loved sitting in front of the guesthouse, watching the sunset over the mountains, or sitting there after breakfast and watching villagers walking by with their livestock. It's a 3km walk to Shaxi, but the walk is doable; the location beats any directly in Shaxi itself, and the inn is very near Shibao mountain (which makes a lovely hike). Easily one of our best experiences in our entire trip to China, and one that I will always remember.
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- Old Theatre Inn is a registered historic landmark and features one of the best examples of theatre temple architecture in Yunnan. Dating from 1780, the theatre temple once was a village school which was converted into five boutique guestrooms. At Old Theatre you will find friendly local village staff, great homemade meals, trails into the mountains, a cozy library and unsurpassed views of the Shaxi valley from our terrace. Come see why Old Theatre Inn is consistently ranked one of the best small hotels in China. ... more less
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