Qi Xia Xiao Zhu (Evening Glow Guesthouse)
Address: No. 27 Beishan Street, Hangzhou (杭州市北山街27号)
Brief of Qi Xia Xiao Zhu (Evening Glow Guesthouse)
At the banks of the West Lake on Beishan Road beside the Broken Bridge, there is a hill called Qixia (Clouds Dwelling) Hill. It is at the southern foot of Baochu Mountain, backs onto Baochu Pagoda and faces Bai Causeway, offering a fantastic panoramic view of the West Lake. It’s on this hill and the romantic Beishan Road, you will find the Qi Xia Xiao Zhu with both mountain and water views.
Walking from the opposite side of the Broken Bridge on Beishan Road into an archway and ascending the steps to the end, one will find the B&B standing in a serene environment.
Qi Xia Xiao Zhu is advantageously located, backing onto Precious Stone Hill, overlooking the famous Broken Bridge, bordering the old site of Dafo (Giant Buddha) Temple on the east and Jianpao Villa (a late-Qing-dynasty and early-republic-period-of-China building) on the west.
The buildings of the B&B itself still preserve the structure and elements of the original architecture, narrating the history of Hangzhou, if not China. The B&B is divided into two parts with 12 guest rooms. One part is called Shang Yuan (Upper Yard) and the other is Xia Yuan (Lower Yard). In Shang Yuan, there are four stele inscriptions, three by the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty and the fourth a Buddhism inscription whose age is not clear. Shang Yuan used to be the east and west wing-room of the yard. The first floor of the west wing-room is now for reception and dining, and the second floor which features red walls and gray tiles offers two lake view suites. There are also four garden view guest rooms. Right there in the old-fashioned enclosed yard, guests can free their body and mind, and enjoy radiantly blooming flowers and sip newly picked tea, to experience the old lifestyle of Hangzhou people.
Xia Yuan is built along the mountain with spacious yard. Within the yard are grown two hundred-year-old Gingko trees, which offer great shade in sweltering summer and a scene of gold carpet on the ground in the autumn. Under the trees are set tables and benches, where people can chat with friends while sipping a cup of tea and enjoying both lake and mountain views. What a great experience, especially in autumn when the air is filled with the fragrance of osmanthus.
Besides a mini café, there are two-floor wood-brick residential houses with six rooms on each floor, which are adapted into six duplexes according to the layout of Jiangnan-style residential house. The first floor of the duplex is made into a living room with either tatami with tea set or sofa as well as bathing room and the second is the bedroom with balcony, from which, the view of the West Lake unrolls before your very eyes.