Review: Charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China

Jessica Peterson

No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhanjiajie, China

Tucked away on a narrow hillside road is the charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China. The B&B is just 2 km from the breathtaking national park that inspired the movie “Avatar” with its mystical mountains.

No. 5 Valley was constructed in July 2015 and is the B&B for R&R — a rural idyllic getaway for the city-weary traveler. The grounds are surrounded by little farms, a karaoke bar, and a large swimming pool. Guests are welcome to roam and get a peek at residential life. No. 5 Valley welcomes both Chinese and international guests.

The staff at No. 5 Valley couldn’t have been more helpful to us non-Chinese speaking Americans. We showed up pretty clueless and they took care of our every need, from food to transportation to an extra down comforter when the autumn weather turned chillier.

Breakfast is included and dinner is optional. No lunch is served as most guests are out exploring Zhangjiajie National Forest Park during the day. The hotel is 90 minutes from the Dayong Airport and 75 minutes from Tianmen Mountain National Park. Transport can be arranged via the hotel.

Now let’s talk about the rooms… The entire five buildings are wood and thatch structures with clay tile roofs reminiscent of Bali. Inside the room you feel like you are tucked away in a log cabin. A few of the 50 or so rooms have wrap-around balconies which offer views of the complex and adjacent farms. Sip local tea and watch the fog roll through the mountains or stroll the winding road to get a view or authentic local life.

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The owner, Nancy, and her staff made us feel like VIPs and treated us like family. We were even invited to dine with “the boss” with Chinese and Malaysian media persons. A generous serving of homemade rice wine led to good vibes all around. Our nightcap at the Luna Bar, walking distance from the rooms, ended in sipping wine on the deck and watching a few brave souls belt out their favorite Chinese karaoke songs.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Wow! Your pictures are amazing. Yangjiajie looks so beautiful. That guesthouse reminds me of the mountain lodges of Nepal, and the views from it are stunning. Lucky you!

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    This place is gorgeous – I absolutely love the exterior design (and that cute dog)! The owners did a great job in keeping in line with traditional design while incorporating modern amenities. It must be so relaxing to wake up in such a peaceful setting.

  • You’ve captured the place absolutely wonderfully. I can’t imagine waking up to a view like that, don’t think I would sleep a wink… The style of the rooms seem like a great mix between traditional and modern. I’ll love to visit one day!

  • This looks like the perfect place to stay! I always love the way you seem to capture the essence of different places so amazingly in your photos. I hope one day I can visit this part of China, seems great for photographers!

  • I’ve never been to Yang Jia Jie in all of my visits to China, but seeing some of your other posts, it might be one of my top places to check out when I go back! The No. 5 Valley B&B looks amazing as well. Very charming looking place in the mountains where you can still be immersed in the landscape and culture. Like Leah said, probably is an amazing places for photographers!

  • Kathy James

    Wow I look how the No. 5 Valley B&B have decorated their place. It looks so rustic with the rope on the stairway etc.
    I haven’t been to mainland china before. I love that they have given an additional discount for your readers. That is very kind of them.

  • This places looks incredible. I love how authentic and rustic the place is, how it uses a lot of natural materials to build, and how it makes the most of the view from the nature that surrounds. I would love to explore more of Mainland China one day, and this is the type of place that would make your experience all the more authentic. The homemade rice wine at Luna Bar does sound like a fun way to end the evening at No. 5 Valley B&B

  • This B&B looks so peaceful and charming! I would love to visit 🙂 China is such a fantastic place to explore, I love how every place you visit is so different !