Idyllic retreat nestled in Yangshuo's Karst mountains
Look no further than Tea Cozy for your Yanshuo vacation. Having lived and traveled extensively in China over the past five years, I can say this is as good as it gets. Expect to pay between US$60-US$120 a night depending on time of year.
Instead of staying in the bustling and touristy West Street area of downtown Yangshuo, opt for a quiet retreat in the rural Baisha town in order fully enjoy Yangshuo's stunning Karst beauty and mouthwatering local cuisine.
The Tea Cozy arranges for airport pickup from Guilin Airport for US$58 one way (50-min drive), which comes out to be about the same cost if you take multiple buses and if there are two or more people. Our room rate came with two free bike rentals each day in which the staff were happy to recommend off-the-beaten path trails amid rice paddies looking up to the breathtaking Karst mountains. A thoughtful staff can be hard to find, but here sick travelers were offered soup and other remedies. You can book rock climbing trips, eat a delicious meal or just relax with an in-room massage (US$12).
The tea cozy is spotless and also offers a rooftop bar and restaurant with a stunning. Rural Yangshuo is not just an idyllic getaway because of its tranquil beauty, but also some of the friendliest people in China. All along our scooter and bike rides, locals pointed us in the right direction with a smile and some even offered us free kumquats from their orchard. Needless to say, once you're here, you'll never want to leave!