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Beijing is a massive city with a lot to do for the traveler. You obviously have to visit all the traditional tourist attractions (the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, etc.), but there are thousands more things to do based on your interests. You can immerse yourself in the Chinese life by walking around different areas, you can stop and eat at small cheap restaurants, go to parks... the subway system is very good, cheap, clean and safe. So pick Beijing hostel close to a station, you will have to walk quite a bit anyway... but at least if you're close to the stations that'll help.
Beijing hostel staff are also usually very friendly and eager to help, so they will be your best resource to find ways to enjoy Beijing. They can write a few Chinese characters for you, tell you where to taste the best tea, help you fix a bike if you use one, make copies of your passport for your next visa, and they can tell you where you can eat dog (!) or the more traditional Peking duck for cheap, and how to go clubbing safely. All Beijing hostels will also have organized tours to book (try to chose the ones which don't include shopping, even if they cost a bit more because being forced to stay in jade or silk stores for hours instead of enjoying the Great Wall like you expected is not the greatest way to spend a day in Beijing).
Beijing hostels in particular and hostels in China in general usually don't have a shared kitchen for their guests to use. However, they generally do provide fast-food sorts of meals (which are usually much more expensive than food you can get from a nearby restaurant). Instead of eating the pizzas and BLTs at your Beijing hostel, be adventurous and try out the local specialties. We recommend that you plan to stay at least a week if you want to truly enjoy seeing Beijing.
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Hostel Far East International Youth Hostel
"Hostel Far East International Youth Hostel has a great location, tucked away among Qianmen's quiet lanes yet just within walking distance from Tiananmen Square and a wide choice of restaurants and food vendors. It’s also one of the cheapest options in Beijing, although it does lack in atmosphere. The Location For China, this is an easy find. From Qianmen metro station, take exit C. You will exit onto a small pedestrian area with a busy,...
HI - Beijing - Zhaolong International Hostel
"The Hostel is good but to be honest they twist things - Almost all the sights say that you can use the facilities of the hostels pool. when you enquire about this they deny all the websites. You cannot use the pool!" … "Well, it's a Hostel. Nothing more, nothing less. The rooms are clean, there is sometimes strange smell in the corridors, and the staff is lazy but friendly. This hostel is a good starting point to discover the city."...
Beijing Downtown Backpackers
"Beijing Downtown Backpackers is a great place to sign up for the tour to the Great Wall, as they are cheaper than most other places for the same service. They are also employing professional staff who, although they make a few mistakes (in booking errors, laundry items damaged), are willing to give you financial compensations for it! It also provides a free breakfast. The Location The Beijing Downtown Backpackers is located in a...
HI - Beijing Jade Youth Hostel
"No atmosphere at all but good location (if you can find it) - This is more of a budget hotel that has dorm rooms. The buffet breakfast is expensive and rubbish. There is no internet apart from wifi in the reception area. No one uses the common areas or bars or interacts with any other guests. There was a strange and unpleasant smell in our bathroom I mentioned it at reception and it was cleaned and the smell went away but was back a few...
Beijing City Central Youth Hostel
"Beijing City Central Youth Hostel offers good value for money and has very good facilities available. It is easily accessed on the Beijing Metro. It is a hotel as well as a hostel and is quite big. The Location Beijing Central Youth Hostel is extremely convenient to get to, as it is located next to an exit of a metro station. It is served by BeijingZhan Metro Station on Line 2, next to the main Beijing Railway Station. Exit A of the...
Beijing King's Joy Hostel
"Best value for money! - We stayed at the hostel for 2 days. It is the best value for money that anyone can expect. Decent rooms, good beds, decent service. They offer a host of other services which are very good. The staff knows basic English, which is a relief! The location of the hostel is also a big plus point. Very close to Tiananmen square and the metro with lot of food options around! WiFi is a slight problem, only in the lobby. If they...
Beijing Red Lantern Hostel
"Great value and very clean - nice people. the mattresses are a bit firm but the price is right and I'd rather compromise on that than cleanliness. Good stuff." … "Top quality! - we stayed for five nights in a double room with shared bathroom at the 2F around the central courtyard. clean hostel, very much alive with friendly people of all ages living there too, good kitchen and the best location for an evening walk around the hutongs....
Qianmen Gateway Area
"Beijing Leo Hostel could definitely be a contender for the best hostel in Beijing -- its location is perfect, the vibe is great, and there are a bunch of facilities on offer. The hostel's cafe serves some great food too and it serves as a nice bar to have a drink in the evening. The Location First head to Qianmen metro station and take exit C when you leave. You will exit onto a small pedestrian area with a busy, three-lane road on your...
Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Hostel
"Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Hostel feels a bit like a motel with the rooms accessible from the outside, but here the rooms are dorms. The Location The hostel is located next to the Xihai lake on a nice and quiet street. There aren't many tourists around here, which makes it a perfect place to get the feel of how the locals live in Beijing. It's about a ten-minute walk from the Metro and the entrance is easy to spot with the big sign....
Sweet Garden House
"Not a bad hostel -- good location, comfortable atmosphere, but the bathrooms could do with some more cleaning and the toilets and showers separated. The day my girlfriend and I arrived we were told our room wasn't available (though we had reserved ahead), but only for that night. Good prices though, so overall a reasonable choice." … "My boyfriend and I stayed there for five days in May. We both love this place. Location is good, close...
Beijing Saga International Youth Hostel
"Saga Youth Hostel is a very large hostel, and although it does not have the most welcoming staff (unless you book a tour from the tour desk) at the time of visit, the hostel has a lot of good points that make it an enjoyable place to stay. The Location Hidden down at the bottom of a hutong in Doncheng that seems to go on forever, Saga is relatively easy to find; with a lack of pavement, you will be at the mercy of the cyclists,...
The Drum - Capsule Hostel & Hotel
"Incompetent Staff - When I went there I nearly got into a fight with a drunk. Apparently the staff there didnt think that if someone drinks alcohol every day for at least 4 nights in a row that it wouldnt cause any problems. Other than that, it was ok." … "Feel at home! - This is one of the only hostel's i've been to which makes you feel at home! The staff is just so friendly and helpful! and trustworthy too, everyone there speaks...
"… Inn is ideally located in the most central and historical area of Beijing,around Tian'anmen Square. All major attractions are within short walking distance from our doorstep. Here you will find famous shops, supermarkets,night food market and so much more...And feel the Hutong culture in Beijing. If you are from the Chinese mainland and want to stay in the mixed dorm, please pay for all extra beds in the mixed dorm. We will never...
PekingUni International Hostel
"… ride to the 2008 Olympic village. You can also take the metro and subway to go to the Lama Temple and Tiananman Square. It is also very convenient to the Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. Our youth hostel offers standard single and double room with private bathroom and toilets, 4 to 8 bed dorm room with shared bathroom. We have air conditioning all day, hot shower, free LAN line internet access, Study Bar, Spacious living...
Discovery Youth Hostel
"… on providing the best service and will assist you with any queries you may have. Less than a ten minute walk to and from the subway station you can access every main tourist attraction with ease. In particular, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are only 10 minutes ride away. Weï¿½re also adjacent to a main bus station making travel around the city a breeze. Here are some of the services we offer: *FREE reading. *FREE...
9 Dragons House
"9 Dragons House (Xinmao Hostel) presents a good image when you enter it, but cramped dorms, a rather dour manager and staff, and an emphasis on selling tours rather than helping the traveler to make his own way, all reduce the overall experience. Security is mainly at the room level where a card with a chip is used for access, and there's always someone at reception, with the front door closed at night The Location The hostel is...
HI - Beijing - Peking Youth Hostel
"The charming HI - Beijing - Peking Youth Hostel is located in the heart of Beijing. Most people who stay here seem to either extend their stay or simply wish they could stay longer. The guestbook is filled with complimentary thoughts and desires to return. The staff are extremely helpful and go out of their way to make your stay a very positive and rewarding experience. The Location The hostel is centrally located in one of Beijing's...
"Good location, but not very accommodating. - We came to this hostel with high expectations based on previous reviews and were disappointed. They were not as accommodating as I would expect a well reviewed hostel to be. They did not provide free drinking water to refill water bottles. They also charged us to make a simple short distance phone call and were upset when we tried to pay for small things with a 20 quai bill. On the bright side, the...
Houhai Courtyard Guest House
"… culture preserved area of Beijing. It was one of the court yards which belonged to the villa of ZhengHe, the famous navigator in Ming Dynasty, who led numerous fleets to explore the oceans. With the ancient Chinese architect design, the Inn is installed with modern, comfortable, convient and safe facilites, in order to meet the needs of our clients. Here you can experience the life as a traditional Peking citizen while enjoying our...
"… />On arriving in Beijing, a place that has a long history and rich cultures, you can feel its uniqueness simply by living in a courtyard, tasting Peking roast duck, climbing the Great Wall, listening to Beijing Opera and so on. If you are eager to know more of the city, living in a courtyard must be the best choice. Comfortable atmosphere in Beijing courtyards makes you feel just at home. With the distinguishing features of the...
Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House
"Best in Asia - Wow, Wow, Wow! That's about it really. Rick and co have managed to keep this hostel magical and I really felt like I got an inside few of the traditional life in Beijing. I'd say the hotels in Beijing are not as good as this place! The best hostel I've ever been in. And I've stayed in about a hundred at this stage!" … "… walk from the gorgeous traditional alley of Beijing Major Street, it gives you the most...
Sanlitun Youth Hostel (Wangfujing hostel)
"… hottest talked-about shows. We organise daily tours to Mutianyu Great Wall and the Ming Tombs and city tours to Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. We also have daily night view tours. We can book car services and tickets for kung fu shows, acrobatics shows and the Beijing Opera. Our staff are all bilingual in English and Mandarin and are happy to answer any queries and help with any potential problems that you...
Alley Garden Courtyard Hostel
"… culturally-rich Beijing city, Alley Garden Courtyard Hotel's architecture is traditionally designed as a 'Si He Yuan', meaning an old style Chinese house. It offers clean and comfortable rooms that are affordable. It is also equipped with various amenities that include internet access and free wifi available in the room. With its central location, you are close to several tourist attractions and easy transportation...
Beijing Sanlitun Youth Hostel
"Very good - Great!!! workers really helpful, good food." … "… 1 day tour * Mutianyu great wall * City tour(Forbidden city/temple of heaven/Tian'an men square) * Kongfu show * Acrobatics show * Bejing opera * Car services Facilities & Services: --------------------------------- --------------------------------- * Laundry Facilities * Bike hire service * International phone call * Book exchange (2 For 1) * Post box * 24 hours...
Chinese Box Courtyard Hostel
"Chinese Box Courtyard Hostel (opened in July 2008) is a really cozily decorated and welcoming place. It's not super social, but the rooms and bathroom are well heated in winter and the courtyard is a peaceful haven for summer evenings. The Location The hostel is located near FuChengMen metro station. When exiting the station, take exit B. Just as you exit onto the large street (Fu Cheng Men Nei Da Jie), wondering by the newsstand if you...
P. Loft Youth Hostel
"P. Loft Youth Hostel is in need of a good scrub and paint. There is Wi-Fi throughout and all indoor areas are supposed to be smoke free (but unfortunately they often aren't). The Location The hostel is in an old area, very close to the Lama Temple and not far from the metro (subway) and so not far from most places in Beijing. There are plenty of eating places within a reasonable walk but there's not much right close by. Rooms and...
Three Legged Frog Hostel
"… also available. Each room has a SHOWER and SIT DOWN TOILET as well as TV, INTERNET CABLE JACK and A/C. Other advantages are free INTERNET, WASHER, LIBRARY of books, SOFT DRINKS and FREE LOCAL CALLS. The location of the hostel is also quite ideal. Just 15 minutes from Qian Men and Tian An Men, the hostel is located in an area convenient to travellers. Just 5 minutes walk from the hostel is the newly restored historic area,...
"… traditional style courtyard house. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Our staff can speak good English. We provide drinks in the guest house. Laundry services are available Free internet and wi-fi. We can arrange treks along The Great Wall and tours of traditional hutongs as well as famous Beijing landmarks such as The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, Tian’An Men. We can also arrange trips to Beijing Opera, Gong Fu...
"… in England but schooled in American culture, Dan understands the nuances travellers look for in a hostel and is going the extra mile to make things the best they can be which is a good thing considering its going to be plenty busy during the Olympics. In fact being this is the first ever Olympics in China, the party is going to be non-stop. For those that want a little peace and quiet though, ask Dan about the infamous and beautiful...
Happy Dragon Hostel
"Happy Dragon Hostel is well located for access to many visitor sites and transport hubs. The building mixes traditional Chinese style with traditional backpacker style. Overall, it is an excellent place to stay, especially for the new arrival in China. The staff are exceptionally helpful and have a wealth of knowledge, and the proprietor asks how can he make the hostel better (he also owns Happy Dragon Courtyard Hostel). During our stay,...
Templeside Deluxe Hutong House
Xi Cheng District
"… give you 'a glimpse of what life in the city is really like'. The hotel located in the center of Beijing. It is about 30 mins walking to the Forbidden city, Bei Hai park, Tian An Men and most important sightseeing places. Over 20 buses and subway around the hotel make all traveling very easy. --------FREE SERVICE ---------- * FREE hot tea all the time * FREE Internet and Wi-Fi * FREE dumping party and Chinese culture show...
Badaling Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
"Badaling Great Wall Courtyard Hostel is located in a beautiful, traditional Chinese building in a small village not far from the entrance to the most popular section of the Great Wall of China. The Location Badaling Great Wall Courtyard hostel is about one-and-a-half hours from Beijing by train, or two or three hours by bus. The hostel is located in a small village about a twenty-minute walk from the Badaling section of the Great Wall...
Beijing Lanting Youth Hostel
Chao Yang District
"… Olympic Park Inn, Dadu City Wall Relics, the Chinese garden, to the altar, the Lama Temple and other Olympic venues and attractions; ride to the Confucius Temple, Shichahai (after Shanghai), Gong House, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc. very convenient . Unique architectural style inn, lush green vegetation, forest trees, flowers; room warm and elegant, perfect facilities,...
Confucious International Hostel
"… It is located in the alleyway protection zone in beijing city.Here you will savour traditional culture of ancient Beijing even extensive chinese histroy.Lama temple is only 2 minuteswalk from here..and 3 minutes walk to the directorate of the Imperial Academy,the highest educational ministration in feudal China.Tiananmen Square ,embassy area ,Sanlitun bar street just in close range.We strongly recommend you imagine live here and...
Templeside Lianlian Hutong Hostel
"… location in the city center of Beijing. It is super close to metro station. There are two old Buddhist temples around the hostel, in only 3 minutes walking distance. --------FREE SERVICE ---------- * FREE hot tea all the time * FREE Internet and Wi-Fi * FREE dumping party and Chinese culture show * FREE local hutong tour * FREE facebook and twitter available here * FREE 24-hour hot shower * FREE luggage storage * FREE...
Heyuan International Youth Hostel
Hai Dian District
"Heyuan (pronounced "her-you-ann") International Youth Hostel is moderately well located for access to many visitor sites and transport hubs. The buildings are traditional Chinese-style and incorporate a large courtyard, around which most of the rooms are situated. Overall, it is a very good place to stay -- new arrivals in China will appreciate the décor and the overall environment of the hostel. The staff are helpful and can often be found...
Dreams Travel Hostel
"Dreams Travel Hostel in Beijing is a nice, medium-sized hostel, with good facilities and nice staff that may be the help you need to sort all your travel plans in China. The terrace bar is a really nice place to relax and enjoy a couple of beers with the few travelers that you can find in the hostel. The Location This hostel is very well located in the busy (but not crowded) Jin Dao Kou South Road, a relatively short distance by subway...
Little Mao's Hostel
"… bathroom as well as 24 hour water and air conditioning ensuring you are comfortable in both summer and winter, apart from dorm rooms all our rooms come with flat screen TV's and electric kettles. ------------------------------------------------------ Near By ------------------------------------------------------ * Forbidden city * Jingshan Park * Beihai Park * Nanluoguxiang * Tian'an men * Wangfujing...
Peking Yard Hostel
"The stylish common area is the star in Peking Yard Hostel, but dorm rooms are cramped and those seeking a social atmosphere may want to look elsewhere. The Location Peking Yard is in one of Beijing’s hutongs, the low-level residential areas that traditionally have made up much of the city’s housing. It’s around five minutes’ walk to a metro station, and a similar distance to bus routes. Within walking distance is the restaurant area of...
Beijing Leo Courtyard Hostel
Xi Cheng District
"… of budget, and further discounts can also be offered to long-term guests and tour groups. GREAT TOURS We have a wide selection of great tours, including the Great Wall Secret Great Wall tour( good hike) Overnight great wall BEST TUOR FOR TIBET OTHER TOURS IN CHINA Acrobatics, Kung Fu, & Beijing Opera. We also have some special Leo Hostel tours, like our very popular Secret Great Wall tour, where you will be the only ones on...
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Beijing Travel Tips & Suggestions
Beijing and the Great Wall of China are two places all first-time visitors should put on their itinerary. To avoid tourist scams (and in Beijing there are many) read about it in your travel guidebook before you go to Beijing.
I love Beijing! The air quality is terrible, the traffic is a nightmare, and all of the tourist sights are crowded, but I still love Beijing because there is so much to see and do. Locals are very friendly, but make sure you bring a Mandarin phrase book. I easily spent six days here.
— Pippin, USA
Don't stay near the Tian'anmen Square area. It's full of tourists traps and pickpockets. Everybody tries to rip you off. Noisy everywhere. But Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City are great!
Great city, loads to see, forget about Mao's tomb, 3 odd hours to queue and no backpacks / water bottles allowed. The Wall is amazing, but Ming tomb's a waste of time. Tianeman Square, the Forbidden City, the Buddist temples, and the parks are great and the locals are very friendly. A major problem is language, you must have English - Mandarin cards or else... A funny story is an American tourist who used the box of matches from the hotel. The taxi took him to the match factory! Otherwise great. Train travel is very easy - use SEAT61.com, a great website about train travel.
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