Laozhai Village | Guangxi province
Laozhai village counts around 48 families who all go by the last name ‘Zhao’.The total population is 200 people all of which belong to the Yao ethnic minority, which are mostly known for their yearly unique festivals, clothing and mountainous, sustainable lifestyles.
Located deep into the mountains above Guilin, and only having access to a road as of July 2015 this village has seen very little development and has remained very self sufficient over the years. The completion of the road obviously has changed things a bit
As of 2013, the Chinese government has given the village an ‘ancient village’ status which implies protection of the environment, old architecture and culture and other regulations preventing over-commercialization.
Most of the households operate quite similar. The men are usually the ones who generate the income by means of chopping wood or bamboo or working on their new houses. The women are the ones taking care of the household, which includes: raising stock, growing vegetables, cooking and cleaning. In some cases grandchildren are also added of this list!
“A beautiful serene paradise that we were so lucky to experience. As much as we loved Yangshuo and other parts of the region the peace and quiet we were able to find here was truly unique. Every activity was so much fun- from fishing to hiking the rice terraces- and we were the only ones there! Can’t recommend it highly enough- a highlight of our trip”
“I’ve never said this in any other Airbnb reviews but I’ve got to say this to Laojia, “I’m definitely coming back!” The two days staying in Laozhai was the best experience I’ve had so far on Airbnb, I love every bit of it. Li Ayi is such an amazing lady with excellent cooking and the most beautiful smile and Shushu is so knowledgeable about the Yao ethnic group’s culture and history. And the neighbours are so welcoming too, they really made me feel like home. I’m definitely coming back soon. ”
— Ellen, USA
“What an absolutely wonderful experience. I have to say this is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been. After spending weeks in huge Chinese cities, this was the perfect place to unwind and be with nature. Plenty of hiking if that’s what you’re into, as well as other activities like tofu-making or making straw shoes with a local. The house itself is also very cozy to just relax in. This place is quite off the grid, so don’t expect to be able to go to the bank or to any stores (with the exception of Laozhai’s one “store”, which has coca-cola and beer). It is pleasantly rural here and the village is quiet by 10pm or earlier. There is WIFI inside the house if you need. Lastly, Auntie was so, so kind and she made delicious food, and the other villagers were very friendly. I feel so grateful to have been able to stay in a place like this - it’s truly one of a kind!”
— Michelle, USA