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Youth Hostels

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Looking for youth hostels in China...
13 years ago, October 29th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #21672  
Hey all,

I'm looking too book youth hostels in China, Is this a good Idea? Can somebody give me some feedback on the quality. If there are other option on cheap rooms?
If you have websites where we can book them or some other way?
Beijing is a must, because I'dd like to book a place 2 sleep before departure withe the Trans-Mongolian Express. preferably not very far from the train station.
The only problem with that is, I don't know in wich train station I will arrive...
So that makes it kind of difficult...

If anybody has a sugestion...

Thanks a lot!!!

FiTe
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13 years ago, October 31st 2007 No: 2 Msg: #21759  

You can book hostel from http://www.hostelworld.com/

There are 4/6/8 beds room and standard rooms with bath room.

There is destionation on the train tickets. Reply to this

13 years ago, November 1st 2007 No: 3 Msg: #21803  
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Hi. I have stayed at hostels in Beijing and Shanghai. I cannot comment on the shared rooms because I only choose rooms with private bathroom. Luckily for me, the ones that I stayed are just as nice and in some cases better than the regular hotels.

In Beijing, I have stayed at Beijing City Central Youth Hostel for 6+ times, starting from when they just opened and did finished renovations, but I have not stayed there for over a year. Here are my thoughts on this place...

Pros:

- opposite Beijing Railway Station (not all trains go through this station)
- subway station (just seconds away; no need to cross the streets)
- post office
- luggage storage services near the train station (rates are low; some are government approved/operated and some are not)
- several convenient stores are nearby
- opposite is a small shopping centre (because businesses are constantly changing, I do not know if there is still a KFC)
- lots of taxis nearby

Cons:

- check-ins/outs are slow (sometimes up to 30 minutes; hopefully this has improved)
- hotel food is terrible
- rooms are somewhat dark (not enough lights)
- security guard (or door man) does not offer any assistance with your luggage in/out the hotel
- windows are dirty or blocked (strangely, the cheaper middle rooms also have windows... why?)
- taxis cannot stop in front of the hotel (this is a hassle when carrying several pieces of luggage)
- streets are noisy from early morning to late at night
- con artists selling fake train tickets and other things (just ignore them)
- many taxi drivers have never heard of this hostel (just tell them it's opposite Beijing Railway Station... in Chinese language of course)

When you are in China, if dressed properly, you can go into any hotel/hostel and ask to see their rooms prior to reservation. Ask if discounts are available. Ask if breakfast is included (but keep in mind that breakfast is often traditional Chinese style). Reply to this

13 years ago, November 3rd 2007 No: 4 Msg: #21931  
Hey,

Thanks all for your shared experiences and information!!

Looking forward to putting them into practice...

Take Care
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13 years ago, November 15th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #22609  
Hostels in China are great! Just look them up in the lonely planet, we found that they were generally clean and accomodating throughout China! Reply to this

13 years ago, November 16th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #22640  
Sounds great Simba18!!!

Thanks for your countribution!!!

Greetings
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13 years ago, November 20th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #22829  
Not sure if you have left yet...but I love the Shanglin Hostel in Beijing. Its in the Hutongs, so be warned that the taxi cab cannot take you right to the door, will drop you off at the end of the alleyway and you have to walk maybe 500-700 m or so. Its very safe though (China is ridiculously safe), only need to worry about pick pockets. Anyway, its in an old courtyard complex (300+ years old) and you are a fifteen minute walk to Tian'anmen Square. The area vibrates and is lots of fun. Staff are fantastic. Cleanliness is good. Character is amazing.

Have fun. Reply to this

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