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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
"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." … "The Zhaolong is behind the hotel of the same name, but you won't see more than their trashbins. It is right in the westerners ghetto of Sanlitun (nan)lu. I suggest staying here perhaps for a night if you feel a bit...
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
"Amazing location, great price - This hostel is situated right in the heart of the action, a block from wangfujing, and two from Tiananmen and the forbidden city. Tours are the cheapest i have seen in china. and the airport pick up is reasonably priced. Rooms are clean and tidy, with in room lockers, has a quiet atmosphere at night and the staff are willing to help you no matter what the time, or what you need. Love the Jade, and plan to stay...
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
"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. we were offered free breakfast during our stay because we had booked for five nights. this came as a very nice surprise for us -- every morning a different dish with...
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....
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
"Not bad with the guy at the front desk - I like this place just because of the boy sitting in the front desk who can speak fluent English. My heart will be with him forever!" … "Very nice place to stay. We stayed for three nights and if we had found it sooner we would have spent our entire Beijing stay here. It's clean, safe, friendly, and close to subway. It's within walking distance to parks and greenspace. Reasonably priced."...
"… 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...
PekingUni International Hostel
"… station, it takes only 15-minute ride to the Summer Palace by bus, 5 minutes ride to the Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, and 15 minutes 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...
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
"… located in Sanbulao Hutong in HouHai historial 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...
"… />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...
Sanlitun Youth Hostel (Wangfujing hostel)
"… offer tours to many of Beijing's famous attractions and provide transportation and tickets to the city's 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...
Alley Garden Courtyard Hostel
"Within 2 yards, you can observe a hundred years of history, realize the real folk-custom life of Beijing. In this safe, healthy and quiet area, you can see the many changes that Beijing has undergone, and is still undergoing. We can offer you both the classical and fashionable, with easy traffic links nearby." … "… changes that Beijing has undergone, and is still undergoing. We can offer you both the classical and fashionable,...
Beijing Sanlitun Youth Hostel
"Very good - Great!!! workers really helpful, good food." … "… Laptop users) * FREE Library * FREE Luggage Store * FREE Movie * FREE Travel Info * FREE 24 hours hot shower * FREE Pool, guitar, table football * FREE Dumpling party (every Friday 19:30 pm) * World cup live available at Hostel Budget Tours We Organize: --------------------------------- --------------------------------- * Jingshanling Simatai Greatwall 1 day tour *...
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...
"… almost 300 year old building of the Citycourt Hotel is favourably located within an ancient urban area ,offering you a taste of Chinese culture, a unique experience and friendly, personalised service. Surrounded by shops, entertainment and tourist attractions. Citycourt Hotel enjoys excellent public transport that links you to other parts of Beijing. Decorated with traditional Chinese furniture, the guestrooms face the courtyard and...
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...
"… and five minutes' walk from the subway station. In addition, there are tourist vehicles to many scenic spots in Tiananmen Square that is 5 minutes walk from the hotel. It greatly facilitates sightseeing trips for tourists Reputable hostel——Qinyunge also called the Government Guest House in Beijing, is one of the main government hotels for foreign guests. In addition to cleaning, comfort, affordability, Chinese architecture,...
"… the hostel. We offer single rooms, double-bed rooms, twin-bed rooms and triples (all of them have private bathroom) Beijing is China's second largest city after Shanghai. Beijing is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and motorways passing through the city. It is also the focal point of many international flights to China. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural centre of the...
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,...
"… listed to preserve this traditional style family house. From here, many popular places of interests, such as Shi Cha Hai, Bei Hai Park, Xi Dan Shopping Center, Tian An Men Square, Business District, are literally within walking distance or a mere twenty minutes cycling. This is precisely the kind of quiet and fashionable living that Beijing House endeavors to offer. You can visit The Water Cube and The Bird’s Nest from here; it...
"… 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...
Beijing Templeside Hutong House
"… Over 20 routes of Buses and subway trains leave outside the hostel regularly to all areas. There are two old Buddhist temples around the hostel, in only 3 minutes walking distance. Even more, the hostel has many more FREE services. <h2>For example,free wireless internet service with your own laptop, free private locker, free luggage storage, free local neighbourhood hutong tour, free dumpling making and BBQ, free...
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
"… Templeside will 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...
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
"Beijing Lanting Youth Hostel is the newest addition to the HI network of hostels in Beijing and one of the many HI hostels in China. The hostel is located close to ancient capital with convenient transportation to the city. It is near the national stadium bird nest and close to many places of historical interest like China Millennium Monument and the temple of earth as well as the temple of heaven." … "… Millennium Monument and...
Confucious International Hostel
"… and domestic backpackers and self-help travelers who love old Beijing courtyard living style. All the rooms in the hotel are well equipped with privide bathrooom, air conditioning, free linen and towel, free Internet Access, free WiFi in Room, free Cable TV. If you are on a tight budget, this is certainly one of the best options in town. Facilities: Bar & Restaurant; Mini Supermarket Free Bicycle Rental Free Living & Games Room...
No. 161 Hostel
"… old Beijing Hutong Culture and countryside local dish. Hotel offers you a elegant environment and a huge choice of rooms, economic private room, superior room, luxury room, and family room. All along with excellent bathrooms and showers The enthusiasm service with fresh coffee, free WIFI covers whole hotel The rooms facility with air-conditioner, LED TV, telephone, hair dryer, kettle, free washing supplies, Hotel offer free...
Templeside Lianlian Hutong Hostel
"… 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 postcards *...
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...
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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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