PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse, Pingyao

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PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse Reviews

PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse is an amazing place to stay in the beautiful village of PingYao. This hostel is centrally located and has all the facilities you need, ending up to be good value for money. PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse is very traditional looking, outside and inside, making it a nice place to stay and get the feeling of Chinese culture.

The Location

This hostel is located in one of the most touristic streets inside the ancient city walls -- if you like to be in the city center, this is the perfect hostel. As the train station -- the most popular way to arrive to this city -- is outside the ancient city walls, contact the hostel prior to your arrival, and theyll help you with a free pick-up service from the train station (just let them know the number of the train and arrival time and they will manage a car to bring you to the hostel). Unfortunately, the hostel doesn't have a free drop-off, but the staff will arrange you a tuk-tuk that can take you to the train station on a budget. As this hostel is on the main street, you have easy access to shops, cafes, restaurants, and tours.

Rooms and Bathrooms

PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse provides both dorms and double rooms on a budget. At the moment of check-in you will need to pay a key deposit, refundable on the moment of check-out. The dorms are cosy and simple, with enough space for the amount of guests. The toilets and showers are really simple, but clean. The hostel has Western and Asian toilets, but they don't provide toilet paper, so you need to buy it in advance. The showers have hot water and enough pressure. There is also enough space near the shower for you to keep your things.

Common Spaces

This hostel has its own bar, where you can have a drink and relax a bit. There is also a kitchen that serves Western and typical food on the average prices of a hostel in China. In the reception you will find chairs and tables where you can have your meal or a drink. This is the place to meet other travelers, as usually at the end of the end it will be full. The hostel also has computers that you can use, with free access to the internet. There is also free Wi-Fi, reachable in every part of the hostel.


PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse is a really good hostel, so you can expect it to be a little more expensive than some other hostels around, although you know that you can count on it being a nice place, with nice people for your stay in PingYao. The staff are also very friendly, and speak good English -- they will help you organize your trips and buy your train tickets if you ask.

Room Bathroom Interior pateo Communal Area Entrance

PingYao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse is well located near the South Gate within the city walls, on a road filled with stalls and little restaurants. Harmony 1 and Harmony 2 guesthouse are owned and operated by the same people and situated two doors apart. Both have similar features and dcor.

The buildings are very old, but in a good state of repair and decorated in traditional Chinese style. The rooms are kept fairly clean, which is difficult as the streets are very dusty. There is a central courtyard, with rooms overlooking. All private rooms have ensuite shower and toilet. Dorm rooms vary, however. Some dorms are actually twin rooms, and these can be mixed sex if the guesthouse is particularly busy -- specify that you would like bunk dorm rooms when making your booking. The public toilets are western-style and all rooms have air-con and TV.

There is a wonderful atmosphere at the hostel with many travelers of all ages sitting at the restaurant area socialising. The reception and restaurant are situated at the front of the hostel, along with the computers with free internet access. The restaurant features delicious home cooking, Chinese tea, and beers and wine. There are bikes for hire and the owners book onward train and bus tickets, which are virtually unobtainable by yourself from this town!

The staff are friendly and enthusiastic and speak great English. The owners are never far away and are extremely approachable and helpful. There is a laundry service, although things can go missing when a rainstorm ensues. The hostel offers free pickups from the train/bus station, although if you are trying to find it yourself, the road is directly in front of the South Gate and is about one hundred meters up on the left.

Richard lee

Class establishment. Great family run, nothing's ever a problem hostel. I returned at 3:30 a.m. after drinking with a couple of alcoholics to find the place closed up. After a couple of quiet knocks on the door the boss let me in and wasn't the slightest bit grumpy even though we both knew he had to be up at 5 to book people in from the train. Always welcome you after a day's wandering with a cup of tea, really nice touch. Booked my onward journey with absolutely no hassles. Great location and their food was amazing. Book now to save disappointment.

Vegemite Sandwich

I visited this hostel a few months ago and i cant get the experience i had there out of my mind. I landed with my purse stolen, i only had enough money for a couple nights accommodation. Harmony is family run and they were so kind in helping me retrieve my bank card, offering me food all the time, and always smiling. They helped me so much and trusted i would pay them back for the nights i spent there. They were so generous and chilled! In this guesthouse me and my friend met heaps of people from around the world and would sit and chat through the night. The food was superb and the rooms were gorgeous.


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