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Zhuo Ma's Jiuzhaigou Home-Stay

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3   Far from town Zhou Ma's home stay was interesting. We arrived mid-day and she had her brother pick us up at the bottom of the hill to take us to the house where she spent a few minutes talking to us and then she left to help out at her brother's restaurant, leaving her mother in charge. We didn't see her again until late the next day, although she did say she was only a phone call away. In fact, we did need to call her when there was some miscommunication with her brother which she immediately took care of. It's not close to the park and we felt a little isolated being so far from town. There wasn't much to do besides hiking and without Internet access you are very limited.  , age 58, United states ()
5   An unique opportunity for a Tibetan experience in Jiuzhaigou My wife, our Indian friend and I spent four nights in Zhou Ma's Homestay in June 2012. It was a wonderful experience. We were initially drawn to the area by Jiuzhaigou National Park. The park proved to be a stunningly beautiful place which really requires at least two days to visit. None of the photos you see or might ever take will do it justice. By staying at Zhou Ma's Homestay, we felt we added a very rewarding dimension to the experience which would have been missed if we have stayed in the hostels or hotels downtown. It may cost a fraction more than the hostels, and you'll find a very steep stairwell connecting the lower and upper floors. But spending time with Zhou Ma, her mother (Ama) who is your host, and other members of Zhou Ma's family and circle was well worth it. We are looking forward to doing it again. We stayed in the room with three beds on the second floor. It was very clean and comfortable. We timed our visits to the single bathroom with its 24-hour hot water, and never found ourselves needing to wait in line with any of the other guests. We had forgotten to bring towels, but bought some down in the market our first morning. Again, Ama is your host. She is very attentive, very accommodating. She speaks Mandarin, as well as the local Tibetan dialect, and through gesture managed to communicate with us without any problems. She keeps bees and chickens, grows potatoes, makes breakfast and serves up tea with Tibetan bread, yak butter and honey. She will pack you a lunch for your visits to the park, and cook you a meal upon your return in the evening. This is all included in your daily rate. We also enjoyed spending our afternoons and evenings at Zhou Ma's restaurant in downtown Jiuzhaigou. The restaurant is about a 10-minute drive from the homestay and perhaps a 10-minute walk from the park entrance. The restaurant specializes in uniquely Tibetan dishes. We found the prices very reasonable given the quality of the cuisine, service, and ambiance. As a homestay guest, you will get a bit of extra attention at the restaurant. Visiting there even for a cup of complimentary tea after you visit to the park will facilitate Zhou Ma's efforts to arrange your free travel back to the homestay. I would recommend Zhou Ma's Homestay to anyone looking to add a more direct, first-hand Tibetan experience to their Jiuzhaigou visit. If you're simply looking for the cheapest place to sleep and eat in Jiuzhaighou, you could stick with the hostels. But if you're willing to pay just a little bit more to stay in a Tibetan village, drink yak butter tea, and get to know a Tibetan family, Zhou Ma's Homestay can offer you that opportunity. Seize it. We did, and it was the best four days of our visit to China. We intend to visit Jiuzhaighou again soon, and when we do we will stay the Zhou Ma and Ama.  , USA ()

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