Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Splendid Yunnan Part IV - GuanFang Villa

This is Part IV of the Splendid Yunnan series. You can find Part I, Part II, Part III.

Take a look at the beautiful garden in the picture above, guess what it is? It is not an ordinary garden, but a garden in the GuanFang Villa in Lijiang, Yunnan. GuanFang Villa is a service-apartment type of accommodation for the tourists, equivalent to a 5-star hotel. It consists of a group of 2-story villas for tourists, and 3-story villas for private residents. The architecture is predominantly traditional Chinese. Living in GuanFang Villa makes you feel time has gone back to the Ming or Qing Dynasties, but with the 21st century comforts.

From your window, you can see the peak of the Yulong mountain (Jade Dragon Snowy Mountain) immersed in the golden morning sunshine.

Each villa has a beautifully decorated facade in traditional Dali style. There are two twin-share bed rooms and one suite on the 2nd floor. The suite has a spacious living room, which you can see in the photo below, and a twin-share bed room.

There are two twin-share bed rooms, one common living room, one dining room, a kitchen and a rest room on the ground floor. Broadband internet is available for free use. I was very amazed by their connection speed, it was fast! However, I had a bit of bad luck during my stay there. When I used the broadband service for the second time, the speed went to a crawl. Foreign networks were completed unreachable. Only days later, I got to know that the undersea cable was damaged by a major earthquake in Taiwan. Too bad ;P

A unique feature of GuanFang Villa is each villa/unit also has a dedicated housekeeper to take care of the entire place, he/she will prepare the breakfast every morning for the guests. The photo below shows we were enjoying our breakfast in the dining area, the living room is at the back.

If you are traveling with a group of friends, it is more economical to rent an entire villa unit to yourselves. The rate is actually better than GuanFang Hotel (a 5-star hotel) rate.

At the end of this post, I must ask my readers whether I had made a mistake in some of the pictures, in terms of photo-taking techniques. Go spot the mistake :)

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