Hostel Hopping in China

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Hostelling International provides travelers from around the world with a wide range of alternative accommodation. China’s Youth Hostel Association is a hit among low-budget tourists and backpackers. There are a number of youth hostels in major cities and popular destinations in China. This is one of the reasons why traveling to this country is still relatively cheap. The distinctive feature of these hostels is its promotion of local culture and environmental awareness. So guests save money for a purpose! And the staff are generally accommodating – ready to assist guests with their travel needs. What I like about staying in youth hostels besides affordability is the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and exchange notes. Some of my unforgettable memories happened through the Youth Hostels I stayed in. Below is the list of my accommodation while in China and some of the things I found helpful:

Ming Tour Hostel – Shanghai
  • close to the subway
  • popular attractions within walking distance
  • right behind JW Mariott which serves as good landmark for easy location
  • close to shopping centers, restaurants and fast food shops
  • common kitchenette, with refrigerator and microwave oven
  • separate male and female dorms
  • in-house cafe at affordable prices
  • good value for money
  • I stayed in a 4-bed room/4nights for Y280 ($45)
Green Forest – Guilin
  • 10-15minute walk from the Railway Station, bus stop close by
  • city center location, popular attractions within walking distance
  • easy access to food, shopping and bank/ATM
  • free laundry service with soap
  • dorm room with T&B
  • excellent staff and service, home-cooked meals available
  • tour options available and can be organized with the staff
  • luggage storage available
  • best value for money
  • stayed in a 4-bed room/4nights for Y140 ($23)
Dragon’s Den – Longsheng

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  • 45minutes walk/hike up the mountain from the bus stop
  • right up the hills of Tiantou Village with great view of the terraced fields
  • traditional style, staff are natives who speak good English
  • serves meals and drinks at affordable price
  • rationed water supply; closes at about 10am and opens early evening
  • walking tour to viewing spots can be arranged with the staff, or can be easily done on one’s own, just follow instructions found at the reception
  • perfect place to relax and enjoy a laid back country living
  • good value for money
  • stayed overnight for Y35 ($6)
Yangshuo Green Forest
  • within the shopping area, near West Street and Yangshuo Park
  • main entrance is by a staircase through a shop, so it’s a bit hard to locate
  • bike rental service available at the front desk
  • spacious dorm rooms with really comfortable futon
  • common Toilet and Bath
  • serve meals/drinks at in-house cafe
  • best value for money
  • 3nights in a mixed dorm room for Y120 ($20)
Ancient City Youth Hostel – Xi’an

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  • railway is about 10mins taxi ride
  • walking distance to subway, bus stop, convenient stores and fast food shops
  • good amenities: restaurant/cafe bar, elevator, bike rental
  • laundry for a fee; common Toilet and Bath for dorm rooms (separate male/female)
  • Tang Dynasty show booking available with transportation provided
  • others tours available at front desk
  • excellent value for money
  • 4-bed female room/3nights for Y150 ($25)
Peking Yard – Beijing
(I was mostly out and about my entire stay in Beijing, so no chance to take photos of the place)
  • traditional Chinese dwelling within Hutong area
  • walking distance to subway
  • laundry for a fee; meals available at the cafe
  • dorm rooms quite small but clean and has a homey atmosphere
  • has an organized activity/gathering for guests during weekends
  • offer Great Wall tours for guests
  • good enough value considering Beijing rates
  • 6-bed mixed room/4nights for Y400 ($65)

I booked them all at Booking.com. Book your accommodation without paying any reservation fee and having the option for free cancellation (on most rooms) up to a day before your scheduled arrival. That’s something most travelers would want, esp those like me who need visas to travel. I spend $0 in case my visa application is denied.

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