"A beautiful restored Old Theatre and its grounds offers an oasis of calm for guests in Yunnan, China."
How often do you get the chance to stay in a registered cultural heritage site? The Old Theatre Inn, which has been fully restored whilst maintaining stunning authentic features, offers visitors in the Shaxi Valley an exclusive, luxury and authentic experience. The Inn has 5 guest rooms, each with their own magical name, such as ‘Dragon Fish’ or ‘Culture God’. Vaulted ceilings, views out to the Old Theatre Courtyard and rooms that lock with traditional wooden crossbars (no key cards!) all contribute to the authentic and otherworldly feel of the Inn. However, authenticity does not come at the price of luxury or modern comforts. The hotel offers all the amenities you could need, such as WiFi, farm-to-table dining, and western style ensuite bathrooms!
Situated in front of the Hengduan Mountains, the Inn offers stunning views across rice fields, where you can happily sit with a cup of Yunnan coffee and watch the world go by. If you’re in search of a little more action, it is a great base to go and explore nearby temples, orchards and waterfalls. For more adventure, hike 4 hours to the nearest mountain Yi Village, or make use of the hotel’s mountain bikes. The Inn is the ideal spot to relax, whilst experiencing real local Chinese culture and exploring the beauty that Shaxi Valley has to offer.
The Shaxi Inn is a part of an overarching strategy run by the Ginkgo Society that aims to transform Shaxi Valley into a sustainable tourist destination. The organisation is dedicated to empowering local people and restoring culturally and historically important buildings, whilst promoting local ownership of tourism development and encouraging the continuation of native cultural traditions and practices. Additionally, the Gingko Society has established a Visitor’s Centre in the region, which aims to educate visitors on sustainable tourist activities in Shaxi and impart knowledge about the Bai people and their culture, a local minority people of the region.
As irresponsible tourism in the area has increased, the Bai people have found themselves with less and less autonomy. They have been cast out from local towns as their homes and shops get turned into hotels and touristy restaurants. This projects aims to actively work alongside the Bai people, enabling them to partake in the tourism economy by opening their own restaurants, working as local guides or offering family-run accommodation. It not only helps the local people financially, but also ensures that the Bai culture and folk tradition are protected and can be continued.
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- Refunds/cancellation: 80% refund available until 30 days prior to check-in; 50% refund available 15 days prior to check-in; 25% refund available 6 days prior to check-in; within 5 days of check-in there will be no refund.
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