Youth Hostels in China

Standards, What to Expect and How to Book a Youth Hostel in China

Youth Hostels in China

When looking for the most economical option for your stay in China, youth hostels like in the rest of Asia are hard to beat. Prices can be as low as US$8 per night for bed in a dorm style accommodation with common areas for showers and bathrooms. International Youth Hostels are plentiful in all larger cities in China.

Besides providing cheap accomoddations, youth hostels in China are usually located in very centric and convenient areas in the middle of the city, close to metro or train stations.

You are likely to meet fellow travelers to exchange stories and travel tips and find that these are your best sources of information for your travels in China and the region.

Staff at International Youth hostels is more likely to speak better English
than the inn-keeper at a small local guesthouse. Hostels are used to dealing with the foreign traveler and can be very helpful in making travel arrangements.

When it comes to hostel facilities, there is a wide range of standards in Youth Hostels in China. Some hostels might offer the basic "dorm" accommodation where you will share a large room with other fellow travelers. In some cases, private bedrooms and baths are also available at these places. Others are more like mini-motels or guesthouses and will offer private rooms which will be substantially cheaper than a regular hotel room.

What each offers in terms of ammenities also varies greatly and you have to make sure you know what is included in the price. Things like bed sheets, towels, internet access, breakfast and even toilet paper might be included in the price at some hostels but not in others.

Hostels tend to fill up quickly, specially the popular ones, so the sooner you make your reservations the better chances of getting the hostel of your preference.

How to Choose and Book a Youth Hostel in China

It is easy nowadays to choose and book a Youth Hostel in China online.

To get started, you can use a specialized search engine such as, which can help you sort out availability of all International Youth Hostels on your required dates and your particular city.

Hostelworld offers an "overall rating" for each property, a grade so to speak from 0% to 100%, and reviews and comments on the properties. The ratings and reviews are submitted by customers of Hostelworld that have stayed in the properties recently.

The Hostelworld customers rate the properties based on the following:

  • Character
  • Security
  • Location
  • Staff
  • Fun
  • Cleanliness

Checking visitors' reviews and recommendations is probably the best way to get a feel for what a particular hostel offers.

You may also check the Trip Reviews which rate the different hostels based on the following:

  • Value for money
  • Rooms
  • Location
  • Cleanliness
  • Service
  • Sleep Quality

You might find these rating systems quite useful by looking at the individual categories that are important to you. If a hostel has poor marks for "cleanliness" or "security" for example, that would be a deal breaker for us even if it was in the perfect location and the price was right.

Once you have made your decision and chosen the perfect hostel for your stay in China, it is quite easy to make a booking and get a confirmation right away.

You will need to pay a 10% deposit and a small service charge (about US$2) with a credit card or via PayPal. This will confirm your booking and the balance you will pay when you arrive at the Hostel.

In the following sections we give you a few examples of Youth Hostels in China and what you are likely to find in some of the top cities. This selection is in no way a recommendation or endorsement for any of the properties, but rather a sample of what you can get and how much you can expect to pay, features that are offered by some that might be helpful in making a selection.

  • Youth Hostels in Beijing
  • Youth Hostels in Shanghai
  • Youth Hostels in Xian
  • Youth Hostels in Guilin
  • Youth Hostels in Chengdu

Youth Hostels in Beijing

Beijing Downtown Backpacker Hostel from US$28

Beijing Hostels

Address: No.85 Nanlougu Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing


  • Great location in the middle of the hutongs (not a quiet area but very convenient)
  • Private rooms available, or 4-8 bed dorm-style rooms, great for families
  • Each room either private or dorm-style has its own bathroom, but towels and toilet paper not provided, bring your own or pay extra
  • Close to the Forbidden City and Beihai Park
  • Bike rental on premises, great to get around the Hutong area
  • Breakfast included
  • Free airport pick up
  • Friendly English speaking staff
  • Internet room with three terminals, about $1/hour

Beijing City Central Youth Hostel

Beijing Hostels

Address: #1 Beijing Railway Station, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone Number: 4006-171717 (7/24 service)


  • Smoke-free rooms available
  • 4 and 6-bed dorm-style rooms w/ communal showers and W.C.
  • Private 1-2 bed rooms available with or without private bathrooms
  • Centrally located just besides the Beijing Railway Station (if you want a quiet place, this isn't it)
  • Close to Tian'anmen Square and Wangfujing
  • Free Wi Fi on 3rd Floor dining room
  • Breakfast (not included in price) and bar
  • Laundry facilities

Chinese Box International Hostel

Beijing Hostels

Address: No.52 Xisibei 2 Tiao Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100035


  • Courtyard dwelling dated to the Ming Dynasty in central location off small hutong lane
  • Few minutes to metro and bus
  • 3, 4 and 7-bed dorm-rooms with communal bathrooms, private rooms available
  • Breakfast included
  • "Free events" such as dumpling parties and family dinners
  • Free wireless internet, free use of 2 PC's
  • Heated in winter
  • Laundry facilities
  • Friendly English-speaking staff will help with arrangements
  • If you are allergic to cats stay somewhere else, they have lots of them

The Great Wall Courtyard Youth Hostel

Beijing Hostels

Address: No.5 Chadao Old Town, Badaling, Beijing 102112


  • Beautiful and scenic location at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall
  • Ancient courtyard style inn with modern conveniences
  • 3 and 4-bed dorm-rooms, private rooms available
  • 10-minute walk to the Great Wall
  • Hot springs nearby, horse riding and camping gear available
  • Home-style local meals as well as Western fare available
  • Free wireless internet
  • Laundry facilities

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