Recommended Shaxi hotels

Old Theatre Inn – award-winning design and unique heritage among Shaxi hotels


In 2012, the Ginkgo Society renovated and re-branded the popular Dragonfly Guesthouse as the Old Theatre Inn, in Shaxi, Yunnan China. The 5-room family-run inn was conceived by Partner Wu Yunxin and built around an historic folk theatre temple built in 1782. The boutique hotel features a private bath in every guestroom, complimentary breakfast, a full service dining room and spacious sunny central courtyard. It has won TripAdvisor’s traveler’s Choice Award six years in a row, rating it among the top 20 Inns in China and #1 among Shaxi hotels for the past six years.

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Other recommended Shaxi hotels:

Shaxi Horsepen 46 – a quiet Shaxi hostel in the old town. A great choice for budget travelers and young people who want a safe friendly hostel that’s close to everything. Shaxi Horsepen 46 is run by Shirley Huo, an early arriver in Shaxi from Sichuan and she offers tours and climbing activities as well.

Shaxi Laomadian Lodge – a favorite of upmarket travelers, the Laomadian Lodge is also located in the heart of Shaxi old town in a restored traditional courtyard. English speaking staff and nice food make Laomadian Lodge another good choice among Shaxi hotels.

Tea and Horse Caravan Inn – Just down North Tibet Alley from Laomadian Lodge is this quaint and affordable courtyard style Shaxi hostel. While not in the old town square like Laomadian and Horsepen 46, the Tea and Horse Caravan offers an authentic feel and good value among Shaxi hotels.

Shaxi Cultural Centre – for those interested in traditional local culture, this affordable Shaxi hostel is another good choice. With a library and offering many local activities, the Shaxi Cultural Centre is also conveniently located close to old town.