The Secret Garden story began in 2009 when Fengzi decided to try & save from destruction a gorgeous Qing Dynasty courtyard house in Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County. With the help of the Jiuxian Village Leader, after 5 months of negotiating with the 6 landlords, Fengzi managed to lease the property and a few days later leased an adjacent house that had all but fallen to the ground. Unfortunately the landlord's wanted the cash for the full 20 year lease up front which left Fengzi penniless and unable to renovate the buildings. He approached Faye with the idea of opening a hotel together which would hopefully generate income to lease and renovate further houses, thereby preserving a small segment of local Chinese history & culture. To date we have leased 5 buildings & completed the renovation of 4 of these.