Stone Drum House is a traditional house built in the local Naxi minority style. We named it after the local town which means 'stone drum'. In the town there is a large drum-shaped monument commemorating the victory of Lijiang's Naxi ruler over an invading Tibetan army. The Chinese name for the hostel is 敲响石鼓客栈 Qiao Xiang Shigu Kezhan, which is much more poetic and means something like "bang the stone drum".
The house is around 60 years old and contains many of the original features such as beautifully hand carved doors and windows, as well as original furniture. We spent nearly two years completely renovating the house and building new toilets and showers. As much as possible we used natural materials and traditional techniques. The walls are plastered with lime, and the ceilings are made with hemp cloth. We also refurbished a lot of old furniture, and used reclaimed timber to make new furniture.
Our rooms are basic but comfortable, with hand made beds and real sprung mattresses in all the rooms. Right now we have a 4 bed dormitory, four double rooms, and 3 twin rooms. Our project for the next year is making a yoga room and workshop space. There's also a communal bar and dining room with a movie projector, a guitar and a wood burning stove. Showers and toilets are in separate buildings just behind the house.