A Different Adventure

The Bivou Lijiang, located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, is a designer lodge for the modern adventurer. Housed within two century-old farmyards built by the area’s Naxi minority tribe, we offer a warm hearth and tranquility in the midst of history.

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Year of The Monkey

For 2016, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, The Bivou is launching a campaign to help protect the endangered Yunnan Golden Monkey. You can also see these beautiful animals yourself by joining one of our customized travel itineraries.

Three-time Winner!

For the third year running, The Bivou has been selected as one of the Best Small Hotels in China on TripAdvisor! And we’ve stayed at the #1 spot for all of 2015. All of us are simply over the moon. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank You!

Welcome to The Bivou

The Bivou has a mixture of designer rooms and suites clustered around two lushly landscaped courtyards, as well as a fully self-contained villa perfect for a family. Our flexible layouts can accommodate the most intimate escapes, or larger gatherings and celebrations.

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A Journey Begins

We are perfectly located to take advantage of a mind-boggling variety of natural and cultural attractions. From the ancient village spring right at our doorstep, to the virgin snow peaks of Yulong Mountain. Add to this a kaleidoscope of local minorities, and fresh seasonal cuisine, and you have the start of a very rich journey.

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Shared Experiences

The Bivou is a boutique facility designed to host events for 10-40 people. Set within the rich cultural fabric of Lijiang town, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes that are both tranquil and majestic, the lodge is a perfect base for group retreats. Choices abound for activities ranging from the spiritual and meditative to the physical and adventurous.

Tailored for You

The Bivou’s intimate style of service is specially suited to creating an adventure experience that fulfills your needs. For visitors new to the region, however, The Bivou has also carefully crafted itineraries and packages that are designed to bring together the best that Lijiang has to offer – all at special prices.

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Sustainable Authenticity

At the core of The Bivou’s philosophy lies sustainability with a heart. From the start, we worked closely with local villagers, using their ancient building techniques to keep our rooms insulated. And the harvest from our organic gardens goes right to our kitchens.

Adventure in Style

Bivouac – is an old Swiss word that means “improvised shelter”. The Bivou is our version of the bivouac for today’s modern adventurers. We are designed for comfort, sustainability, authenticity and – style.

The Bivou Experience

We are uniquely located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, just off the ancient village square of tranquil Shuhe. Come and enjoy our unique brand of intimate service. Experience the real Lijiang.

Lijiang Every Season

Culture and history abound in Lijiang, and it’s location at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau puts all its natural treasures within reach all year round. Join us on a hike and explore the land of eternal Spring.

Events & Promotions

The Naxi, Yi, Tibetan and Bai minority tribes celebrate their local traditions throughout the year with colorful festivals. Check in with us regularly to find out what’s happening during your visit.

Before The Bivou was created, I had never considered visiting Lijiang… This hidden boutique hotel was the reason that brought me here…Starry Chen, Conde Nast Traveler China
I just led a 6-day photography workshop based out of The Bivou… When participants are travelling from as far as London, Moscow and Jakarta, everything really does have to be right. And it is.Michael Freeman, Author of The Tea Horse Road
I really can't recommend this place enough. Everything was so tastefully done, the staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly and the location was just amazing. Definitely the best part of Lijang. Just gorgeous.marie77735, London, on TripAdvisor
The manager and staff manage to cultivate a welcoming and homey environment whilst being consummate professionals… I have stayed at many hotels around the world but this one ranks as one of the best for location, comfort and individuality.howardhelly, Singapore, on TripAdvisor

Explore The Bivou and its Facilities

We can host intimate retreats for two, or gatherings for up to 40 people. Configured around a series of lush courtyards, our rooms can be grouped into different combinations to meet your needs. Ask us about our special rates and packages for group events. We will be more than happy to cater something specific just for you!