NOMADasaurus China travel blog features Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

This month we’re proud to be featured on NOMADasaurus’s China travel blog. This great China travel blog is written by Lesh and Jazza, an Australian couple in their late twenties who have decided to take their next backpacking mission to the next level! They are attempting to travel overland from Thailand to South Africa, without using any air transportation. They have a slow style of travelling and an open-ended schedule so are expecting the adventure to take more than three years. Having just completed 14 months in South East Asia, they have now moved onto the next stage of their journey. They’ll be wandering through China, Macau, Hong Kong and South Korea, before moving back into China. They will then cross Mongolia before beginning to explore...

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat wins 6th TripAdvisor Award

Mountain Retreat wins best Yangshuo hotels TripAdvisor 2015 For our 6th consecutive year, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat wins TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award, ranking us among the top 1% of hotels in China. We’re grateful to our guests for their support and great reviews and congratulate our wonderful team at the Retreat! We’re proud to be the best of Yangshuo hotels TripAdvisor 2015! TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Hotels award does more than just honor properties with remarkable service, quality and value. The award also helps travelers find the right fit. “The Travelers’ Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travelers as they think about their 2015 travel plans,” said Barbara Messing, Chief...

Mountain Retreat makes Lonely Planet China list for best family hotels

Lonely Planet China: the best family friendly hotels Deep in China’s south, the city of Yangshuo offers plenty of activities to keep the kids moving: river swimming, float trips on bamboo rafts, nightly excursions to watch the locals use birds to catch fish and the Impressions Liu Sanjie light show, choreographed by the creator of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Families can also hike in the surrounding mountains, learn to cook local dishes at the Yangshuo Cooking School (yangshuocookingschool.com) and cycle around rice paddy fields. You’ll want five to seven days to enjoy everything here. Family-friendly accommodation This area is home to numerous family-friendly B&Bs, such as Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (yangshuomountainretreat.com) and...

Sustainable travel China: an interview with Chris Barclay

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.  Sustainable Travel China: 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 experience as a...

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat honored by Conde Nast Traveler

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,...

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat and Village Inn designer Chris Barclay on “Sustainability”

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.

New river view family room coming to Mountain Retreat this Spring

 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