Hostels in Beijing, China

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Get to know Beijing (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Beijing. To help you make friends with Beijing before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Beijing is also named and spelled Peking - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

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.

FAQ about Beijing Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Beijing. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Beijing. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

Hostelz.com shows all 27 Hostels in Beijing. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Peking Station Hostel and The One Hostel are the best rated hostels in Beijing for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 27 hostels in Beijing, China. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Beijing such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Beijing.

365 Inn is the best rated hostel for partying in Beijing.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Beijing

Your Packing List for Beijing

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Beijing and China.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Beijing Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Beijing, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
27 Total number of hostels
$22 Average dorm price
$17 Cheapest hostel in Beijing
10 Party hostels in Beijing
365 Inn is the best rated
Most Beijing hostels are located in
Dongcheng District, Xicheng District, Chaoyang District
4.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Chengde (176 Km / 109 mi.)

Travel Tips for Beijing - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Beijing. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Beijing. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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