Hey, this is Apan, say hi from Lijiang.
I had been moving around China for so many years since I left my hometown Shaoxing in East of China in 1988. After living in several big mega cities in China, I felt so tired of noise, money-persuing business man, and anxious life,so I started to look for my "Shangri-la". Finally I found a lovely Courtyard in Lijiang, on ancient Southern Silk Road in northwest mountain region of Yunnan Province. I soon fell in love with this tiny town, which has been listed in UNESCO list of world heritage.
I began to create my beautiful nest for myself and backpackers to share the joy of living in such lovely town. Among the hundreds of hostels and guest houses in Lijiang, my nest, later i called "Panba Hostel", is different from others.My hostel is located in a quiet area in this town, so the night bars and screaming sound from drunk tourists can never disturb you and get through your ears, though it's just couple of minutes walk to the "Si Fang Square" which is considered the "Headquater of Lijiang's night life". Courtyard of my hostel remains in the original structure of traditional Naxi people's house so while staying in my place you have chance to get closer look into the Naxi culture. After dark, when everybody comes back, my little bar becomes a heaven for backpackers, no expensive beers, and exaggrated price on food, I just want to make my place as a real home away from home for travelers which also is what I was looking for when I was traveling.
If you are interested in my little place and the travel information about this area (like hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge, cycling to several secret old villages and much more), I'd like to share my 2 years experience of living in Lijiang with all of you!