Considered the pearl of natural beauty and historic treasures, the Guilin area is probably one of the most amazing places you can visit in China. Famous for breathtaking limestone karts, lush greenery of bamboos mixed with evergreens, and possibly the most stunning water scenery in the world, this magical destination attracts millions of visitors each year.
Most visitors arriving in China for their unforgettable scenic experience choose Guilin city as their gateway to the area and the town certainly has much to offer. I certainly enjoyed my time in Guilin relaxing at the Elephant Trunk scenic spot and drinking delicious mango smoothies. Undoubtedly, if you are visiting China you must experience Guilin city life at least once but, when it comes to the world of magical scenery, there is only one place to stay and it is Lu Jia Village!
Located at the riverbank of Taohuajiang River only 3 km from the Guilin city center, Lu Jia Village is the absolute hidden gem of the Guilin Scenic Area. Known mostly only to locals, it is one of the most peaceful and authentic experiences in China, you will ever have. Each weekend, residents of Guilin come with their families to rest and relax in Lu Jia, stroll through the rice and flower fields, take bamboo rides on the lake and visit the Reed Flute Cave. Yet, if you stay in Lu Jia, you can have this amazing oasis of natural beauty every day and night pretty much to yourself.
The village is everything you can imagine and more. The unique architectural character is almost reminiscent of the white facade of Santorini, yet so authentically Chinese. Small, two-story buildings lining the narrow streets, full of flowers, local food carts, traditional red lanterns and gorgeous mountains peeking from every corner.
The entry to Lu Jia is grand with a wide, dark wooden bridge set over the Taohuajiang River. Ornamented with Chinese multi-layered, curved roof, the bridge opens up to the stunning and quiet surrounding.
Stepping into Lu Jia you instantly feel like home. Passing through the tilled streets, you are welcomed by the villagers offering local delicacies from freshly squeezed orange juice to tofu prepared right in front of you. Each little street offers a variety of local restaurants and few souvenir shops. Each alley opens up to a mountain view.
When strolling through Lu Jia, it’s like visiting a home of a friendly Chinese villager as the life in Lu Jia happens outside. Locals gather around small tables to play card games. Families dine together under large umbrellas and children play joyfully in each corner of the village.
Lu Jia is quiet yet lively at the same time. There are no crowds of tourist. Just locals living peacefully and welcoming few curious visitors to their home with a smile.
Living in Lu Jia
Lu Jia offers few accommodations to choose from but the Flower Inn should be definitely on your list. I promise, you will never get tired of waking up to these views. The top to bottom windows, crisp, white linens and freshly brewed hot tea will instantly feel like home.
Exploring Lu Jia
Inside the village, there is a path to the Reed Flute Cave and to the scenic area. Quiet way around the lake leads through the local fruit garden and rice fields, in between the breathtaking mountain peaks all the way to the lake.
During the weekend, the lake becomes a kaleidoscope of colors and invites for a local attraction of bamboo boat rides.
Following the path around the lake, you quickly discover the entry to the local park, museum, and the famous Reed Flute Cave, but don’t stop there. Venture out pass the cave and you will soon be charmed by the colorful flower fields nestled at the foot of the mountains. If you really want to experience traditional and authentic China, this is it.
The breathtaking scenery of Guilin area at your footsteps….
How to get there:
To visit Lu Jia in China, fly to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL), China and take a taxi for 100 Yuan directly to Lu Jia Village. Alternatively, if you are staying for more than 3 nights, your hotel in Lu Jia may be able to send a car to pick you up directly from the airport, so just ask.
Where to stay:
Definitely Flower Inn Hotel. Emma, the owner, speaks very good English and is the kindness person you will ever meet. She grew up in Guilin area in China and will be a wealth of knowledge throughout your stay. If you are afraid that the village life may mean off the grid lifestyle, fear no more. The hotel stay includes the best internet we’ve had in all of China. The best way to book your stay through The Flower Inn Hotel on Booking.com.
The entire scenic area in Lu Jia, China is within walking distance. You will be able to walk to the Reed Flute Cave, rice and flower fields, the river, the mountains and the lake with bamboo boat rides.
To get to the city center, you will need to take a local taxi (available all the time and arranged by your hotel) for 30 Yuan (approx. $5).
Have you ever visited Guilin, China scenic spots or LuJia village? Have you found other gems in China? If yes, share, share and share!