The Bivou is an intimate, traditionally styled guesthouse located in a local village away from bustling Lijiang town. It has a mixture of rooms clustered around two courtyards, and on a good day Snow Dragon Mountain can be seen in the distance. We highly recommend the food here — homemade cakes and Chinese tea can also be enjoyed while soaking up the rich natural landscapes of this region.
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The Bivou has two courtyards: the Farm Yard and the Garden Yard. Standard and Deluxe rooms are set around each of these yards, with twin and double occupancy options. There's also a Family Suite looking onto the Farm Yard. All rooms have a minimal classic décor and offer modern facilities, including Wi-Fi, televisions and en suite showers.
The Bivou is situated 4 km (2.5 miles) from Lijiang old town in the village of Shuhe. As Lijiang has seen a lot of development in recent years, this boutique property makes for a more tranquil option. The pretty village is steeped in history and the hotel is located just off the village square, so you can easily head out to explore the cobbled streets.
Food and Drink
The on-site cafe, Bivybistro, serves light meals and refreshments. Here you can enjoy locally produced dishes while looking out over the nearby farm plots, which are tended daily by local villagers.
The Family Farm Yard Suite comfortably sleeps a small family, featuring two double beds and a single bed. The beautiful surroundings and peaceful environment make it a lovely area for families to relax and unwind after a busy day sightseeing.
Facilities and Activities
When you're not relaxing in the property's cafe and soaking up your countryside surroundings, the main focus of your stay here will be on exploring the local Naxi minority culture. Strolling the village's narrow, stream-lined streets, you'll pass local people going about their day and can admire traditional Naxi architecture.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
The Bivou work closely with the local minority villagers to ensure their philosophy of sustainability is continued. Ancient building techniques were used to insulate the property's walls, and the harvest from its organic garden goes straight from ground to kitchen.
The Bivou’s location in Shuhe preserves much of the original tranquility which first enticed visitors to the region, making it one of our top choices in this region. We like the high standard of service and tastefully designed rooms, and we highly recommend the delicious cake served daily at the cafe.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Amandayan is an elegant and luxurious addition to Lijiang. Located in grounds overlooking the picturesque roofs and winding lanes of Lijiang’s Old Town, the Amandayan has been thoughtfully designed in the traditional style of the local Naxi ethnic minority.
Offering luxurious villas, comfortable suite rooms and spa, the Banyan Tree in Lijiang reflects the rich fabric of this locale through its design and furnishings.
The Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel is divided up into separate Inns of a traditional style and are all located in the heart of the Old Town of Lijiang.
With magnificent views towards the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Crowne Plaza offers stylish and luxurious accommodation in villas built to blend in to the town’s traditional architecture.
The Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe is a peaceful, tranquil courtyard style hotel, located on the edge of the old town.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Tiger Leaping Gorge measures 16km and has an awesome depth of 3,900 metres, making it one of the deepest gorges in the world.