China can be a funny old place when it comes to websites and apps. Facebook is banned, but they have RenRen, Twitter is banned, but they have Weibo, even Tinder is blocked, but again no worries the masses have TanTan. Even Uber has its localised version, but one area that the Chinese haven’t hit all that hard (yet) is AirBnB, trailblazers for hospitality in the shared economy.
If you don’t know what AirBnB is, the concept is quite simple, people with spare rooms, or apartments rent them out via the AirBnB application, where’s users and hosts can suss each other out and leave reviews for each other.
But what does this mean in Yangshuo? Well the very last thing Yangshuo is is short of hotels. Yangshuo probably offers more accommodation than any other city in China, with most standing idly empty for a lot of the year. This competition also makes Yangshuo hotels notoriously very cheap (away from holidays). Unfortunately cheap often time means staff are underpaid, service is lacking and atmosphere is non existent. And this is where AirBnB is different…
With AirBnB you have real people renting out their real homes for real money, that they get. This not only means an inevitable improvement in service, but also that the homes on offer are more often than not private, and a lot more interesting than a big standard hotel.
Price wise Yangshuo has so many hostels and hotels begging fir business that AirBnB isn’t cheapest option, but with well over 50 listings from small rooms to whole houses in the countryside is well worth a look.
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