Mangshi is still the 'old' China. From here you can discover the old (often unknown) Chinese culture and minority cultures i.e. De'Ang people.
The guesthouse is managed by a Dutch couple speaking fluently Chinese and English.
Great and clean rooms, beds and food. They give advise to meet and experience the locals. . .
Scooter rental and visits to remote mountain villages possible (not as tourist attraction but as part of their ideal).
Save place for people who travel with kids, family apartments possible.
Hotel/ Guesthouse offers great value; large beds, clean sheets and good bathrooms (better that at home).
The staff is friendly and helpful.
Mangshi is a great place to discover and experience a small Chinese city. From here make trips to Myanmar border, the forrest, mountain trips, part of the route to Sangrila, Dalhli and other places.