Li An Lodge
Longsheng, Guangxi & Around, China
At a Glance
Best hotel in Ping'An Village
Stunning views of the Rice Terraces
Lots of character and a great sense of place
Each room is individually and uniquely designed
Friendly and charming service
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The Guangxi region experiences a subtropical climate, with short, cold winters and long, humid summers with monsoon rains. The majority of the rains fall in May and June, bringing with them intense humidity but turning the stunning landscape the most luscious shades of green. The winter months are damp and windy, with average temperatures hovering around 8°C. Spring and Autumn are the prime times to visit Guanxi, with pleasant temperatures, sunny skies and minimal rainfall.
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Li-An Lodge, perched on the top of the Longji Terraces in Longsheng County, offers incredible views over the stepped rice terraces below. With unique character and just 16 individually designed rooms, this is without doubt the highlight hotel in Ping'an.
Located hovering above the town of Ping'an, with mesmerising views over the cascading rice terraces below, Li-An Lodge is uniquely designed and full of character. Using traditional Chinese design features the property has a beautiful sense of place and charming atmosphere.
With just 16 individually designed and named rooms, each offers a different character. The names of each room denotes the different design influence and even though not expansive in size do provide a very comfortable stay with en suite bathrooms and most coming with breathtaking views of the rice terraces below.
There is one main restaurant at the Li-An Lodge which offers a combination of local and western cuisine and a lovely library and lounge in which to relax after days hiking in the surrounding countryside.
The real draw of Li-An Lodge comes from its unrivalled position above Ping'an village with panoramic views over surrounding houses and countryside below. Ping'An is a sleepy village with no cars or roads but instead winding cobbled footpaths, elegant wooden houses and a real feeling of stepping back to old world China.
There are just 16 rooms at Li-An Lodge, 2 of which are suites. Each room shows off the stunning and traditional Chinese architecture accentuated by original design features. The Suites and Terrace Rooms come complete with breathtaking views of the rice fields as some of the standard rooms do have partial views of the terraces. The accommodation of Li'An Lodge is absolutely charming with a unique and special atmosphere.
Children are welcomed at Li-An Lodge but there are no dedicated facilities available and there are no connecting room options.
Li-An Lodge provides a delightful main restaurant with the backdrop of the stunning rice terraces. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily with a changing set menu depending on the season and what is available in the markets.
The area around Li-An Lodge is breathtaking for its natural beauty. There are a huge amount of trails that you can explore in the area and small remote villages to visit where the Zhuang and the Yao nationalities still promote their traditional culture. One of the most striking areas to visit is the Dragon Back Rice Terrace which is located approximately 27 kilometres southeast of Longsheng County and it is considered as the most amazing terrace in China.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Longsheng is a small village located high in the mountains surrounded by spectacular rice terraces which fall down the surrounding slopes into the valley below. Li Ann Lodge is at one of the highest points of the village and staying here is all about the incredible views over these terraces. We went for a fantastic hike along what is known as the dragons backbone, a small ridge of terraces winding along the top of the hills. Its a wonderful place to hike surrounded by forests and rice terraces farmers in traditional dress going about their business around you. The hotel itself is more like a bed and breakfast, very small with individually named and decorated rooms. You pay more for a room facing out over the valley but the views are worth it. Shoes come off upon entering the hotel and are stowed away, you are given traditional slippers to wear instead which I really liked. The hotel has a small restaurant serving a simple breakfast and set menu dinner each night. We decided to dine in one of the local village restaurants on the advice of our guide as it had an outdoor terrace and the food there was excellent.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Perched on top of rows upon rows of rice paddy terraces, Li An Lodge offers incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Inaccessible by road, the 30-minute climb up hill from the parking lot through the winding side streets of the small town of Ping'An are well worth it when you are greeted by such a magnificent vista. The hotel has just 16 rooms and is much more of an intimate guest house rather than luxury hotel. Each room is individually decorated and beautifully arranged with unique design features which completely compensate for the small bedrooms and bathrooms.
The staff here are completely charming but you cannot expect the same level of luxury as other larger properties in China. However I think that this adds to the atmosphere as you are off the beaten track and really surrounded by the incredible countryside.
Bike & Hike in Yangshuo
Bike around the villages of Yangshuo with a guide and get a chance to observe the local farmers at work. Follow with a hike in the paddy fields and enjoy the panoramic view of the breath-taking landscapes.
Crown Cave Experience
Explore the Crown Cave - the largest comprehensive scenic area near the Li River and be fascinated by the formation of the Karst rocks. Choose from five different ways of sightseeing.
Cycling Tour near Guilin
A great option for those who are more active, enjoy a cycling tour through Xinping Old Town that's home to beautiful bridges, ancient shop houses and intricate temples.
Daxu Ancient Town
Visit Daxu Ancient Town, one of the four renowned ancient towns of Guangxi, with over 1000 years of history.
Day Trip to Shidong
Discover Shidong village and learn more about their crafts, including embroidery, cloth dyes and more! Lunch at a farm house before visiting the silver workshop and a local school. Attend an embroidery class and end the day with an authentic Miao dinner.
Highlights of Yangshuo
Visit the charming old town of Yangshuo and enjoy the renowned show - Impressions of the River at night, choreographed by the famous movie conductor Zhang Yimo.
Hike Longsheng & Rural Minority Villages
Today, visit Longsheng, famous for its excessive large number of terraced rice paddy fields in the mountainous region. Visit the local Zhuang and Yao Minority villages while embarking on a hike to enjoy the beautiful views of the rice fields.
Kaili and Beyond - Villages and Local Culture
Visit the different villages around Kaili, including Xijiang and Datang villages, and immerse yourself in the intricating Miao culture.
Scenic Tour of Guilin
Take a tour to Fubo Hill and enjoy the stunning natural scenery of rocks and stalactites, together with the beautiful pavilions which provides a unique sight.
Tour of Xingpin
Embark on an adventure on a motorised bamboo raft from Yangti to Xingpin. Explore the beautiful fishing village before heading to Fuli, a small town on the east bank of Li River. End the day in Yangshuo, popular for its karst mountains and winding rivers.
A Short Getaway to Guilin
Guilin, Longsheng & Yangshuo
from £1400 pp inc flights & transfers for 4 nights
- Stunning sceneries from karst mountain peaks to the tranquil meandering Li River to the goldest harvest of Longsheng Rice Terraces
- A short getaway featuring a good blend of scenic sights and cultural immersions.
- The rice terraces of Longsheng reveals different seasonal beauty. Be amazed by the mirror-like irrigated terrace in Spring and the spread of green and gold in Summer and Autumn.
Shanghai, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Guilin, Longii and Hong Kong
from £7300 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Enjoy the unique scenery of the Rice Terraces in Longsheng and have a chance to hike surrounded by spectacular views
- Wander through the cobbled streets of Lijiang Old Town and enjoy a hike about the magnificent Jade Dragon Mountain
- A visit to Shangri La isn't complete without a stop at Songzanlin Monastry - the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastry in Yunnan
Location & directions
Longsheng, Guangxi & Around, China
Li An Lodge is located overlooking the spectacular rice terraces and perched above the small village of Ping An.
How to get there
Fly to Guilin Airport and transfer to Ping An Lodge after a drive of 2 hours and 30 minutes. There is about a 30 minute walk up the mountain to Li An Lodge and though there are porters available for hire, but small overnight bags for the stay are suggested.
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