The Half Way Guest House is on the top of the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province and has the best views of any hostel, hotel or restaurant I have seen in anywhere China. The guest house itself is attractive, very comfortable and in tune with the surrounding mountainous environment. A night at the Halfway Guest House is a highlight of hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge trail.
Location & getting there
The Half Way Guest House is located at the mid point of the hike along the Tiger Leaping Gorge trail. The guest house is only accessible by catching a bus from Lijiang to either end of the trail then hiking for at least 3 to 6 hours.
The best way to reach the guest house is to take a bus from Lijiang to Qiaotou then hike from the beginning of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trail down to the guest house. There are signs along the trail pointing to the Half Way Guest House so it is very easy to find.
Rates, bookings and availability
The price ranges from 30rmb for a bed in the mixed dorm to over 100rmb for a twin room. Considering the views of the surrounding mountains, the prices are incredible value.
Most guests only stay one night so there are normally beds and rooms available in the morning and middle of the day but the guest house starts to get booked out as travellers start to arrive in the evening after finished the hike. Best to book a bed or room at least one day in advance.
Rooms & Facilities
The best feature of this guest house is the views from the terrace that the dorm and shared rooms open to and from the upstairs restaurant. The rooms are very comfortable, clean and well maintained. The terrace is long and wide with four heavy tables flanked by long stools and an ideal place to relax, enjoy your meals and share a beer with other guests.
The showers are basic and functional with plenty of hot water. The toilets are also basic but functional and have great mountain views.
Due to the unique location of the guest house at the top of the gorge, there are no nearby restaurants or shops so the only available meals are from the guest house’s restaurant. This is not a problem because the meals are reasonably priced and delicious. I recommend you try the chicken soup.
The staff, are fast, efficient and friendly. The guest house is often very busy in the evening getting help can involve a bit of a wait. Their level of English is very high and their knowledge of the surrounding area, bus routes and so forth is very good.
Address & Phone number
Guest House name in Chinese – 虎跳峡中途客栈
Yunnan Province, Zhongdian County, Leaping Tiger Gorge
Guest house address in Chinese –云南,中甸县, 虎跳峡中
Telephone number – 13988700522