TravelCathay is an insightful blog from Gaetan Green, an ethnographer and longtime China traveler. His interests are in the preservation of China’s ethnic areas before they are trampled by waves of mass tourism. China, Expats and Sustainable Travel : an interview with Chris Barclay Gaetan GreenonAugust 1, 2014/0 comments The owner of several eco-lodges in China, Chris Barclay, reacted to my article about Shaxi in which I despaired over what I called the ‘Lijianification’ of the village and the fact that most guesthouses and hotels there are owned by non-local people. Chris explained to me that he employs only local people in all his properties of Yangshuo and Shaxi and that he aims at developing sustainable travel in China. His email and his 20-year...
Congratulations to the Mountain Retreat for earning a spot as Finalist for the 2013 World Savers Awards. Here’s what Conde Nast Traveler says about this award: “When you work in the travelsphere, you hear a lot of talk about green travel, responsible travel, sustainable travel, eco-friendly travel. But when we see that kind of action, we at Condé Nast Traveler want to do more than talk about it—we want to honor it. That’s why, since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has handed out our annual World Savers Awards to travel companies that are powerful forces of change within their industries. These are companies and hotel properties that excel in various categories: some contribute positively to local communities, some are active in environmental issues,...
After presenting at the International Society for Ecotourism’s annual conference in Monterrey, CA, event organizers asked Chris, “What does sustainability mean to you?” Click on the video to find out how Chris was inspired at the conference to re-interpret the meaning of sustainability for the future of tourism in China.
This Spring, we will open a new family room that redefines “Rustic Chic”. Just steps from the river with a private terrace and garden, this traditionally built mud brick barn style is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. View from the new rooms Interior twin bedroom
We are so pleased to once again be ranked among the Top 20 hotels in China by TripAdvidor and our guests. We are committed to listening and continuously improving services at the Retreat and really value guest feedback. In addition to updating our bathrooms and hot water, this year we are adding a family river view suite to better accommodate families with children. Thank you once again for helping us to be one of the best hotels in China!
For the 3rd year in a row, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is a favorite among travellers to China. We won two awards this year, Spa and Relaxation and Best Bargains among China hotels. Thanks to all who continue to give us great reviews!
The International Society for Ecotourism in Washington DC has published a full-length feature article with a photo slideshow on their blog, Yourtravelchoice.org. Check out how we rebuilt a dilapidated mud brick barn into one of China’s premier ecotourism accommodations. Enjoy!