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Qianmen Gateway Area
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Beijing West Station
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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,...
Templeside Lianlian Hutong Guest House
"This is a great hostel, very picturesque and in a quiet setting amidst the nonstop noise and bustle of Beijing. The owner Bobby and his staff (especially the very sweet and charming Sharon) are very hard working and do their utmost to make their guests stay as pleasant as possible. They will order food for delivery for you from a local restaurant -- it's very tasty and very cheap. There's also cheap internet, 2 yuan for half an hour. The only...
HI - Beijing - Zhaolong International Hostel
"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 homesick; stay elsewhere in the city the rest of the time, 'cause that's the reason for coming to china, right? As for the quality, the lobby and coffee room are neat, but my room (I booked a single) was like a prison -- bare bones...
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
"Awesome - I visited Jade in October of 2008 with a team of fourteen women. It was the perfect place for us to stay. Very convenient -- perfect walking area. They had our reservation a bit jacked, we were supposed to be all together, and they had other people with our group, but the staff made accommodations for it all. I would definitely go there again. Make sure you take a walk through the Hutong district! Wonderful food!" … "Amazing...
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,...
Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel
"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
"… room is decorated in red, which is regarded as the color of happiness by Chinese people. Outside the rooms there is a traditional Chinese garden, with birds, fishes, flowers, and a hundred years old date tree. Experience a peaceful feeling sitting under the old date tree in the garden, enjoying a coffee, beer or tea. Not only can you have the experience of Chinese tea culture, but also get to know friends from all over the world....
"… as the carrier of traditional Chinese culture. On arrival 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. The comfortable atmosphere in Beijing courtyards makes you feel right...
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!" … "… years of experience, and they fully understand the variety of international cultures and...
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
"Located at the heart of 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 free WiFi in the room and courtyard. With its central location, you are close to several tourist attractions and easy transportation links nearby,2...
Beijing Sanlitun Youth Hostel
"Very good - Great!!! workers really helpful, good food." … "… Free Dumpling at every Friday night * Free Chinese HotPot at every Monday night * BBQ night (every Saturday night 18pm) You're welcome to play pool and table football for free. A home theater experiance for free in our restaraunt everyday . You can rent our bicycle and ride around beijing. And lots more services that you will find in our hostel .(including birthday...
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...
"… where you will find some great bars and night clubs for you to drink and dance the night away. All rooms are clean, warm and comfortable which are equipped with modern security key-card access doors, 24 hour hot water, TV, western bathroom and shower, and hot/cold air-conditioning. We also offer free internet connection sockets in every room, and a free computer available in the hall. .-Our reception is open 24 hours a day. - Free...
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,...
"… only take you about 20 minutes by taxi. On the way you can stop at The Bell and Drum Tower, and have Chinese traditional snacks - very cheap and delicious! ****** Our guest house is a traditional style courtyard house. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. our staff can speak good English ,Japanese and Korean . We provide breakfast and local style food and drinks in the guest house. Tea is available free anytime. Laundry...
"… sides of Beijing you've only dreamed about. Discover our SPECIAL 'forbidden great wall' tour and the hip YEEHA happenings nightly at THE CLUBtm.! FREE admission to two of Beijings' hottest night spots [THE CLUBtm.] in Sanlitur and our lakeside CLUB in Hou hai. Special access to both CLUB locations include special discounted drinks for all YEEHA guests! There's also heaps of Chinese cultural events to help you immerse in the rich...
Beijing Templeside Hutong House
"… hutong, smiling to lovely local neighbours, seeing the blue sky in the no-roof courtyard, hearing the whistle from swiftly flying-by doves, watering the garden, walking the dog, the Templeside house gives 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...
Beijing Templeside Courtyard Hutong House
Xi Cheng District
"… 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 dumbing party and Chinese culture lesson * FREE 24-hour hot shower * FREE luggage storage * FREE towels, linens and duvets * FREE DVDs, games, books to borrow including guidebooks such as LP series * FREE travel...
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
"… festivals, you can visit the facility of local people and experience the activities of Chinese New Year. (like setting of fire cracker) *We have a wine bar with complete stereo facility and Karaoke for free *We supply unforgettable experiences of Chinese traditional massage and foot massage etc. The Simple Style The courtyard keeps the original Szu-ho-yuan building style of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. You will enjoy the...
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...
No. 161 Hostel
"… ticket booking, bicycle rental, business area. Though we look forward to your relaxing with us in comfortable atmosphere, there will never be a shortage of things-to-do or places to go. Hostel Facilities: • Bicycle rental • Free Wifi •Cottee & Bar • Luggage Storage • Telephone/Fax Facilities • 24 hour reception • Travel Desk/Travel Info • Ticket booking • Pick up &drop off service •International phone call •Laundry Service...
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...
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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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