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The Bivou, Lijiang

The Bivou

Lijiang, China

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.


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 café.


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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 decor 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 café, 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 café 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.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite 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.

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    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.

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