Created from two farmyards that have stood for over 100 years, The Bivou is a boutique hotel located in the ancient village of Shuhe…
Created from two farmyards that have stood for over 100 years, The Bivou is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the ancient village of Shuhe. With just 18 rooms the eco-friendly hotel Bivou hotel, powered by solar and growing much of its own produce, enjoys a relaxed and intimate atmosphere with plenty of cosy communal space to unwind. It’s located in the ancient village of Shuhe outside Lijiang, whose people who come from 56 different ethnic minorities.
There are tonnes of things to do here from cycling and cooking lessons to cocktail and lip balm making. My favourite was the tile cat making where you make your own little cat out of clay. These tile cats are believed to be good luck charms and are used by many of the ethnic minority groups in Yunnan to protect against bad luck and bring good fortune. You’re invited to donate your creation to the gift shop, where a proportion of sales goes to helping the Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys. Tatami, the in-house cat is sure to give you some inspiration!
The village is home to a mix of 56 different ethnicities and every person you meet will tell you what mix they are which is very charming, even if it does go completely over your head! Dozens of streams run through the cobbled streets and you’ll find plenty of local restaurants and craft making shops to peruse. The best bit for me is the view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance- it’s truly remarkable.
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