Zen Garden Hotel

Lijiang, China

The Zen Garden Hotel, an atmospheric small inn with a lovely open-air central courtyard, garden, and fishponds, is located in Lijiang’s Old Town close to the historic section. It’s tucked away on a quiet street so nights are peaceful, yet it’s just a short walk from all the action. Guest rooms are clean and inviting and decorated with traditional Chinese and Tibetan antiques and artifacts. The staff is helpful, friendly, and very courteous. A nice touch—waking up to the sound of traditional tunes performed by musicians in the garden.