Trying to choose a photo for my feature was probably the hardest thing I’ve done this year 😛 Lame I know. After a 7 week trip to China I have to say this mountain retreat was probably the biggest highlight. The resort was beautiful. Tucked away near the Yangjiajie entrance to the Zhangjiajie Park, No.5 Valley Resort was a perfect destination for staying somewhere clean and quiet that’s also near the park.
We were welcomed to the one bedroom villa which blew all my expectations. When being showed our room I couldn’t believe the size of it! It’s pretty much 10X the size of my apartment. The two story villa has a stunning view over the private valley which was perfect to watch the sunset. The living room was warm and spacious with a really fancy bathroom that was completely wooden. A dark wooden staircase took you to the bedroom upstairs that also had a large bathroom and balcony. The bed was the COMFIEST bed I had in my entire journey around China. It was so hard to crawl out of it some mornings!
One of the most beautiful features of the villa was the white porcelain tub on the second floor balcony. Aaron couldn’t wait to jump in and I couldn’t wait to photograph it (the tub not him!).
We didn’t leave our room for 3 days, only when we went to eat 😛 I think they thought we were a bit weird because most people immediately went to visit the park but after weeks of none stop moving it was nice to slow down the pace. Since we were there for an entire week we decided to take it easy and to relax. When your place is that nice you don’t want to leave!
Every morning we were welcomed to a buffet breakfast that included food like purple yam, corn, eggs, these custard dumplings. My favourite was this little deep-fried bean filled thing that was soooo good. Sadly they didn’t serve them again after the first day but they had other pasties to take its place. There was also coffee and steamed soy milk which was so nice. China isn’t big on coffee and it was nice to have as much as I wanted. For whatever reason I can’t find a single photo I took of the food 🙁
Everyday they prepared dinner for us and they got to choose what we ate. They are very accommodating to dietary needs and you can’t imagine how in love I was with all the vegetable food that was served. Some days we got four dishes, other days we got six or seven. Rice and toasted peanuts were always served as well as their homemade alcohol. It tasted like poison and gasoline but it was nice of them to give you some. I think we got so much food because Aaron and I always felt bad for leaving food behind so we would just keep eating everything so progressively everyday we got more and more food. I think they thought we were still hungry!
Some vegetable dishes include bok choy, corn, cucumber, shredded carrots and my favourite – lotus root!
No.5 Valley Resort also offered a shuttle service to and from the park when ever we wanted. It was less than a 10 minute drive away so it was super convenient. They also gave us an itinerary for the park and what highlights to see.
One of the best things about this resort was waking up to heavy fog every morning. Some days you couldn’t see past the balconies edge it was so thick. It really did feel like we were in the Avatar world. I think Zhangjiajie is the prettiest place I’ve ever been and this resort really complimented the area well. It was extremely relaxing, quiet and has a natural Earthy feel.
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