The ideal place to live in Zunyi

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The ideal place to live in Zunyi

by Live in Guizhou


PUBLISHED Nov 11, 2021 • 4MIN READ

The Siquan Garden lodging

The ideal place to live for many is a cozy, quaint courtyard. Imagine, you simply have to open the window to enjoy the best view. The Siquan Garden Lodging in the Bonsai Village of Zunyi is such a place. The Lodging’s rooms come in all shapes and sizes, standard two-bed, family, or large bed. There is also a terrace on the top floor overlooking the entire Gou’s Bonsai Garden. A’Gui has tried out the hotel in advance. In the morning, go to the terrace, and you’ll see all the bonsai in its morning finery. Enjoying the view with a chicken mushroom rice noodle made by the landlord will make anyone’s day.

An extraordinary lodging. The Siquan Garden Lodging, situated in the Bonsai Village of Zunyi, is a red-themed business. The Lodging features old revolutionary decor and culture, providing a taste of what it felt like during the Long March. The Lodging rooms are named after important milestones of the Long March, such as Ruijin, Zunyi, Chishui River, and Dadu River. The decor simulates wares of Red Army such as riding lamp, water canteen, bedroll, and lighting, all of which embody the red culture. The courtyard is also decorated with Red symbolism, recreating the atmosphere of when the Red Army stayed in the town of Shenxi, Zunyi. Red history coupled with countless bonsai miniatures creates a unique experience in the Siquan Garden Lodging.

The Fengze Garden Lodging 

The Fengze Garden Lodging is located in the Bonsai Village of Shenxi Town, Zunyi, close to the Gou’s Bonsai Garden. The building is a classical three-story structure. Every room reflects the owner’s love for the Lodging, epitomized by the sandalwood aroma from the handcrafted custom-made wooden beds. The Lodging embodies the community lodging experience dedicated to quality rest and recreation. Its specialties are tea and B&B services. The owner’s philosophy is that health, leisure, and taking it slow comes hand-in-hand. You can see this philosophy reflected through the classical architecture more suited for a cup of tea with a couple of friends, away from the hustle and bustle of the modern-day urban lifestyle. Come and enjoy the quiet and simple things and take it slow.

Red and green are clashing colors usually avoided. However, here in Fengze Garden Lodging of the Bonsai Village, you can see this color pairing at every corner. The green is represented by the bonsai miniatures, accompanied by the classical red paint scheme of the traditional Chinese buildings, nostalgic decor, and folk art such as paper cuttings. Fengze Garden Lodging also provides playgrounds for the kids, so you can expect the garden to be filled with the sounds of joyful children. If quietness is more to your liking, the Lodging has you covered as well. There is a wooden cabin here that provides a more cozy and laid-back tea-drinking ambiance. The experience reflects Taoist traditions of finding tranquility and wisdom by being immersed in the simpler and finer things in life.  

Fengxianju Bed and Breakfast 

If you prefer a traditional Chinese culture experience, A’Gui recommends that you come to the Fengxianju Bed and Breakfast found in Zunyi’s Bonsai Village. The B&B is built with the Chinese architecture style in mind. The names of the rooms, for instance, evoke ancient Chinese poetry imagery, such as “Dong Li” ( Eastern hedge where flowers are planted) and “Chen Xing” (Waking up early [to work the field]). The homestay’s rooms, adjacent to the streets, showcase intangible cultural heritage found in Zunyi, such as the grass-paper collage, northern Guizhou paper cutting, Zunyi egg cake, and Red Army tea. Fengxianju’s greatest attraction is its medicinal baths using traditional Chinese medicine herbs. Here, visitors can enjoy the soothing power of the bath while their eyes and mind are relieved by the bonsai. The B&B has three small pavilions on the roof, a perfect place to relax and enjoy some tea.

Jingyuan Lodge

While most of the bonsai in the village are grown in courtyards, this lodge features them on its walls. I am, of course, referring to Jingyuan Lodge. The walls of the hallway and the guest rooms are decorated with artistic twigs. In the viewing room on the top floor of the lodge, you can enjoy tea while overlooking the village. Jingyuan lodge provides cost-efficient stays with clean and tidy rooms, comfortable away-from-home experiences.

Yipintang  

Yipintang is an exceptional lodge in the Bonsai Village town of Zunyi, Guizhou. What makes the lodge special, innovative, and down-to-earth all at the same time is its interior decoration, which is a fusion of the northern Guizhou folk style with high-end vacation concepts.  These design elements seamlessly joined traditional tastes with visitor’s needs for a higher quality enjoyment. The guest rooms all start with the Chinese character “Pin,” meaning both quality and good taste. Room names are all written in beautiful calligraphy and set on display in the room. These names include include “Pin Miao” (“Miao”, delicate, detailed, subtle, wonderful), “Pin Wang” (“Wang”, outlook, hope, vision, prestige), “Pin Kui” (“Kui”, Champion, the sublime, the chief, the stars). The lodge also has a panoramic lift for the guests’ convenience and field of view.

The Yipintang in Shenxi Village is a very detail-oriented accommodation. Everything from where a bonsai is placed to how restrooms are designed all shows a degree of meticulousness on behalf of the owner, Zhu Pinkang. The restrooms took more than one and half months of construction to complete, according to the owner. Additional renovations after construction were also conducted, including the embossed lighting, the various bonsai placement on the craft washbasin. His eye for details paid off, as guests often take pictures of the restroom when passing by as memorabilia.

In the hall of the Yipintang Lodge is a spectacular wall-high stone relief. The carving depicts the Wujiang Bridge, the people living along the banks, the Dalou Mountains, the local scenery of the Loushan Pass, and the Chishui Danxia Waterfall. Among all the details, one presence in the relief stands out–an old house. According to the owner, Zhu Pinkang, that house was his old family home, now demolished. He asked artisans to recreate the old building based on old pictures so that the old home can live on in people’s memories.