Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

From metropolitan cities to Wonders of the World: The 25 Best Hostels in China for every kind of adventure

How to find the best hostels in China for your trip

China is rich in culture, adventures and nature, while having affordable travel options and great places to stay. It’s a country every savvy backpacker wants to visit at least once in their life and we don’t ask ourselves why – the Great Wall of China is one of the Wonders of the World, metropolitan cities like Shanghai and Beijing, interesting food, incredible landscapes and great people from all over the world make it pretty obvious, right?

Not to mention the amazing hostels all over the country which are not only cheap (with prices starting from £2.00) but also the perfect place to start an adventurous trip. With great choice comes great responsibility, but don’t worry, we’ve collected the best hostels in China so you can lean back, practice your chopstick skills and have an unforgettable time.

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  1. Best hostels in China for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in China for couples
  3. Best party hostels in China
  4. Best hostels in France with private rooms
  5. Best of the rest hostels in China

Best hostels in China for solo travellers

The Phoenix Shanghai

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - The Phoenix Shanghai

If you have a heavy backpack and need to get rid of some books, drop them here and enjoy a great discount! The Phoenix Shanghai is all about sharing is caring, so why not share a room, experience, the great view on top of the rooftop bar and make great memories with travellers from all over the world in this incredible hostel in the centre of Shanghai.

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop bar
  • Common room
  • Café and restaurant
  • Culture classes
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: 17 Yunnan (South) road  (??????????17??????)

?Neighbourhood: City Centre  (Huangpu Qu)

? Nearest station: Metro station line 8, 1, 2 (People’s square)

Book your stay at The Phoenix

The Great Wall Box House

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - The Great Wall Box House

Let us give you some travel advice: if you are about to explore the Great Wall (and visiting China, we are sure it’s on your list), this hostel is the perfect starting point. The Great Wall Box House is described as ‘zen, magical, chill, amazing, pretty and awesome’ because of its great facilities, the social atmosphere, the best tips and friendly staff (and cat).

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Great Wall tours
  • Towels included

? Address: No. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street, Gubeikou Village Miyun ??????????????18?

? Nearest station:  Yong Jun Road (???)

Book your stay at the Great Wall Box House

Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel, Shanghai

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel

If you are a solo traveller, in a big international city, we know what you need – a great and social hostel, with a bar to meet people in and enjoy the best of metropolitan Shanghai. Luckily we’ve got the Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel for you, which gives you exactly that! Enjoy the atmosphere, feel at home and go out and explore with new travel mates.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • BBQ
  • Bar, café and restaurant
  • Tours/Travel desk
  • Pool table

? Address: No.615 Lane, ZhaoHua Road, Changning District ???615?278?,???551???(????????)

?Neighbourhood: Changning

? Nearest station: ZhongShan Park Station

Book your stay at Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel

Red Lantern House, Beijing

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - Red Lantern House

If living in an old, traditional Chinese house with a beautiful courtyard sounds like an experience you can’t wait to have, then Red Lantern House in Beijing is the perfect choice for you! Hidden from the busy streets of Beijing, in the preserved Hutong area downtown, (once home to royal and noble families) you can enjoy the traditional Chinese architecture while staying in this family run hostel. For the best tips, to meet travellers from all over the world and to experience a unique stay, you are just a booking button away.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Bar, café and restaurant
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No.5 Zhengjue Hutong, Xinjie Kou

?Neighbourhood: Xicheng District

? Nearest station: Jishuitan Station

Book your stay at Red Lantern House

Peking Station Hostel

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - Peking Station Hostel

Peking Station Hostel is close to everything on your Beijing bucket list. Only a 15 minutes’ walk away from Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City, it’s the perfect place to head out and explore. The beautiful garden serves a great spot to meet new friends over an afternoon tea and the hostel bar to toast new friendships and great adventures.

Hostel highlights:

  • Garden
  • Bar and café
  • Common room
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: Between Suzhou Hutong Building 2 and Building 3 ??????????2???3?????????????

?Neighbourhood:  DongCheng District

? Nearest station: Dongdan Subway Station

Book your stay at Peking Station Hostel

Desti Youth Park, Chengdu

Best hostels in China for solo travellers - Desti Youth Park

This hostel was created to set a whole new standard for travellers and the result is outstanding. The owner, once a traveller himself, wanted to combine everything a backpacker wants and needs while adding his own spice into the mix. And he was successful: it only opened in 2018 and savvy travellers are already crazy about the facilities, the atmosphere, the great food, fresh beers, the spacious rooms and the top location – we are sure you will be too!

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar and restaurant
  • Common room
  • Towels included
  • Pool table

? Address: No.82, Sanduoli, Qingyang District ???No.82 Sanduoli ????: 610017

?Neighbourhood: Qingyang District

? Nearest station: Luomashi station (E exit)

Book your stay at Desti Youth Park

Best hostels in China for couples

Peking International Youth Hostel, Beijing

Best hostels in China for couples - Peking International Youth Hostel

The Peking International Youth Hostel is simply plantastic. Attached to a beautiful café with rooftop terrace, you will wander through a lush jungle of motley plants that impart a special and welcoming charm. It’s located in the colourful and vibrant Hutong district, a great location while being a quiet getaway, offering spacious rooms and a lot of places to relax. With all these perks, it’s time to plan(t) your trip!

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Common room
  • Bar, restaurant, café
  • Hair dryers
  • Free towels
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No. 113-2 Nan Luo Gu Xiang, Dong Cheng District ????????
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?Neighbourhood: Dong Cheng District

? Nearest station: Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Book your stay at Peking International Youth Hostel

Xishu Garden Inn, Chengdu

Best hostels in China for couples - Xishu Garden Inn

If you are looking for a spacious room with a view, close to nature and the centre too, then look no further – Xishu Garden Inn Hostel in Chengdu will give you and your significant other the stay that you were hoping for. Grab your loved one and enjoy the sunset on their rooftop with a cold beverage and delicious food – can it get more romantic than that? We doubt it!

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop terrace
  • BBQ
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Hair dryers
  • Bicycle hire
  • Towels included
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No.19 dongchenggennan street, qingyang district

?Neighbourhood: Qingyang district

? Nearest station: Tianfu square metro center

Book your stay at Xishu Garden Inn

Kelly’s Courtyard Hostel, Beijing

Best hostels in China for couples - Kelly’s Courtyard Hostel, Beijing

Kelly Zhang created a fancy oasis in the middle of the Xidan District, also known as the Chinese Wall Street. With main sights, like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, BeiHai Park and Shishahai close by, it’s a convenient spot… But, what will make you fall in love at first sight are the spacious and beautifully designed rooms, there’s a mix of traditional and romantic Chinese, South East Asian and European styles. Kelly’s a fashion designer and passionate traveller and she puts these two talents together to give you a special experience you won’t forget when visiting Beijing.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free towels
  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Café
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No. 25, Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong, Xidan North Street

?Neighbourhood: Xicheng District

? Nearest station: Lingjing Hutong

Book your stay at Kelly’s Courtyard Hostel

The Jade Emu International Youth Hostel, Dali

Best hostels in China for couples - The Jade Emu International Youth Hostel

The Jade Emu’s International Youth Hostel’s team knows what international travellers need, bringing people from all over the world together by creating a social atmosphere. Here, you can enjoy a private room, or even a deluxe two bed apartment, while staying in budget and still meeting other travellers during meals, in the common hangout areas or the bar. Located in Dali Old town and having budgeted tours available, you won’t be short on adventures too!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Events
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: Area 10, West Gate Village ?????????? (214?? ?????????77?????

?Neighbourhood: Dali old town  

? Nearest station: ChongSheng Temple

Book your stay at The Jade Emu International Youth Hostel

Best party hostels in China

Shuyuan International Party Hostel, Xi’an

Best hostels in China for couples - Shuyuan International Party Hostel

If you are up for a wild time, Shuyuan International Party Hostel in Xi’an will be your place to stay. With one of the hottest bars in the basement, the Park Qin Bar, you won’t have a long way to go to get some of the city’s nightlife and an amazing atmosphere. There are plenty of options to meet fellow travellers and experience some special parties, not least because of their free dumpling making party every Friday which is a true food fiesta!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Events
  • Bar, café, restaurant, nightclub
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk (e.g Terracotta Warriors)
  • DVD room, billiard, dart, guitar, table tennis

? Address: No.2 Shunchengxixiang, Nanmen Li ???????????????2??????????20??

?Neighbourhood:  Cultural and shopping district

? Nearest station: Yongning Men station(????)

Book your stay at Shuyuan International Party Hostel

Han Tang Inn Hostel, Xi’an

Best party hostels in China - Han Tang Inn Hostel, Xi’an

If you are travelling for an unforgettable time, hostels are generally a good idea. Even more when they have plenty of events on, like… how about every night? Send your new mates Chinese love letters with Calligraphy on Mondays, challenge them on Tuesday and Wednesday’s games nights, prepare for the busy weekends on Thursday’s sauna night (also on a Sunday for good recovery), have a feast on Friday when the Dumpling party is about to start, and go wild on Saturday’s beer pong, the travellers’ favourite event. With freebies galore, like movies, guitar playing, Chinese lessons and pool tables inside the hostel, you will find yourself struggling to ever leave. Han Tang Inn’s organised tours might help, visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, Mt. Huashan or even Tibet … you’re right in  thinking that this will be the trip of a lifetime!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Daily events
  • Sauna
  • Tours/Travel desk
  • Free towels
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • ATM

? Address: No.7 NanChang Xiang (Alley) XinCheng Guang Chang(Square) Nan Xin Jie(street) ???????????????7?

?Neighbourhood: Xincheng

? Nearest station: Xing Cheng Guang Chang????; Zhong Lou ??

Book your stay at Han Tang Inn Hostel

Chengdu Flipflop Backpacker Lounge Hostel, Chengdu

Best party hostels in China - Chengdu Flipflop Backpacker Lounge Hostel

The Chengdu Flipflop Backpacker Lounge Hostel in Chengdu not only claims that it’s one of the city’s best hostels, it bases this statement on very convincing facts. Fact 1: The hostel’s location is close to Chengdu’s best area for backpackers. Fact 2: The hostel has the perfect hang-out spots to meet other travellers and have a great time – like the lively lounge. Fact 3: They have a lot of events and freebies, like a ‘Dumpling Party’, workshops, shows and unforgettable pub crawls to the most exciting bars. Is it really fact or fable? It’s time to plan your trip and find out.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Events
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk
  • Free towels
  • Bar, restaurant, café, free meals
  • Games, foosball and pool table

? Address: No.96, Dongsheng Street

?Neighbourhood: Central

? Nearest station: Chunxi Road

Book your stay at Chengdu Flipflop Backpacker Lounge Hostel

Best hostels in China with private rooms

Beijing Downtown Travelotel

Best hostels in China with private rooms - Beijing Downtown Travelotel

What’s the price of the world? We don’t know but WHAT we do know is the price of private rooms while travelling don’t need to break the bank. In fact, comfort and a good price can go hand in hand, for example in the Beijing Downtown Travelotel. Enjoy a great location and a vibrant atmosphere with a lot of things to do and return to a calm and comfortable room with brand new facilities, silky sheets and a brilliant big breakfast in the morning – so all the things that make you perfectly happy.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Towels included
  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No. 85, Nanluogu Alley, Dongcheng District

?Neighbourhood: HuTong area

? Nearest station: Nan Luo Gu Xiang (????)

Book your stay at Beijing Downtown Travelotel

Datong Bravo youth Hostel, Datong

Best hostels in China with private rooms - Datong Bravo youth Hostel, Datong

In the centre of ancient Datong, close to the Huayan temple and just a stone’s throw away from the Nine-Dragon wall, this hostel is a place to rest and lean back. The private rooms are available at some of the best prices… but there’s more, this hostel offers amazing tours to the Hanging Temple and grottos, traditional Chinese tea, an on-site bar, a library, guitars and a cosy living room to hang out in. We’d understand if you’d never want to leave!

Hostel highlights:

  • BBQ
  • Common room
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: NO.8 Qingyuanxijie, Ancient town?Datong

?Neighbourhood: West Street Residential District

? Nearest station: Drum Tower(??)

Book your stay at Datong Bravo Youth Hostel

Masherbrum Outdoor Guesthouse, Chengdu

Best hostels in China with private rooms - Masherbrum Outdoor Guesthouse, Chengdu

With its size and endless things to explore, China can be a challenging country to travel in – so you are right in thinking you can pamper yourself a little bit. Luckily, a treat doesn’t need to cost much. Welcome to Masherbrum Outdoor Guesthouse, your little Backpacker-Oasis in Chengdu where you can experience luxury, spacious rooms, fluffy beds, a flat-screen TV, modern design and a lot of light. Their elegant rooms make you feel right at home and the rooftop sun terrace is a place to enjoy the amazing area without leaving the hostel. Do you fancy a hike (which we are sure you do)? Just head to the friendly reception staff and they’ll organise a mountain trekking and hiking tour – they literally move mountains to make you have the best time!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • BBQ
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No.40 Huapaifang Street, Jinniu District, Chengdu

?Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg 

? Nearest station: Ximenchezhan Station

Book your stay at Masherbrum Outdoor Guesthouse

Being Fly By Knight Courtyard, Beijing

Best hostels in China with private rooms - Being Fly By Knight Courtyard, Beijing

Did you ever dream of having your own room in Beijing’s Hutong neighbourhoods, especially in a renovated Chinese courtyard house? Being Fly By Night Courtyard in Beijing will make your dreams come true! It’s rated 10/10 and lives up to its expectations – the traditional style, a free hearty breakfast, comfortable beds and the friendliest staff are hard to beat. But the best is yet to come! It’s created by a lovely, art-loving owner who is happy to teach you about martial arts and learn about every talent you bring (sometimes even in exchange for a free bed).

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Café, restaurant, meals available
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No.6 DengCao Hutong, DongCheng District

?Neighbourhood: DongCheng District

? Nearest station: DongSi Station(???)

Book your stay at Being Fly by Knight Courtyard

Best hostels in Chinese City Centres

365 Inn, Beijing

Best hostels in Chinese City Centres - 365 Inn, Beijing

If you want to stay right in the centre, the 365 Beijing doesn’t disappoint. The Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, Tiananmen Square and all the major attractions are just a short walk away or easily accessible, so you will have the perfect base to go and explore. The house itself has 150 years of history mixed with modern elements for a truly unique experience. And if you want to treat yourself with a drink after a long day of exploring, the in-house bar will serve you well – literally.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Airport transfer
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No. 55 Da Zha Lan West Street, Xuan Wu District

?Neighbourhood: Xuan Wu District

? Nearest station: Qianmen station

Book your stay at 365 Inn

Han Tang House, Xian

Best hostels in Chinese City Centres - Han Tang House, Xian

Han Tang House is located in a quiet street while still being within walking distance to all of Xian’s gems. It’s another one belonging to the Han Tang all-rounders, offering you loads of freebies – you can play the hostel’s guitar and have Chinese lessons while sitting on your free towel – as well as joining the amazing events every night. Learn how to make dumplings, become a beer-pong master, learn how to write in Chinese (which also makes the perfect gift) and relax in the sauna (yes, we said sauna). With tours to the Terracotta Warriors, Mt Huashan and even Tibet, it’s hard to imagine that there will be a better place to stay.

Hostel highlights:

  • Sauna
  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Events
  • Hair dryers
  • Bicycle hire
  • Towels included
  • Bar, Café and restaurant
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: NO.7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square ???????????????7?

?Neighbourhood: Central Xian 

? Nearest station: Xian North Train Station

Book your stay at Han Tang House

Shanghai Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel

Best hostels in Chinese City Centres - Shanghai Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel

Shanghai Blue Mountain is near enough to the major attractions while still being a quiet getaway at night. Only a five-minute walk from the bustling Nanjing road and ten minutes from the Bund, it’s hard to believe that you could find a better location. The hostel features a cool roof top terrace, where you can enjoy drinks and play a bit of pool. The best bit about the location is definitely the room’s views over Shanghai – fancy!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Book exchange
  • Bar, café, restaurant
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: 6F, 350 South Shanxi Road

?Neighbourhood: Central District

? Nearest station: East Nanjing Rd metro station

Book your stay at Shanghai Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel

Best of the rest hostels in China

Lonely Village Youth Hostel, Chongqing

Best of the rest hostels in China - Lonely Village Youth Hostel, Chongqing

Do you want to see all of Chongqing at once? The Lonely Village Youth Hostel has an unbeatable view from the 50th (!) floor, looking over the whole city with a lovely swing right in front of the window – for everyone who wants to add a little spice into their Insta-feed. The location and the great atmosphere do the rest, so don’t hesitate and experience a true hostel with a view.

Hostel highlights:

  • Elevator
  • Common room
  • Book exchange
  • Hair dryers
  • Bar, café, mini-supermarket

? Address: NO.8, Floor 50th, Part A, Haikeyingzhou, No.19, Changbin Road, Yuzhong District

?Neighbourhood: Yuzhong District

? Nearest station: Xiaoshizi station

Book your stay at Lonely Village Youth Hostel

Sky Palace Hostel, Guilin

Best of the rest hostels in China - Sky Palace Hostel, Guilin

You can’t go wrong with a hostel that has a sky bar, especially with a view like this. At Sky Palace Hostel, you can gaze at Guilin, a city surrounded by mountains while enjoying a cool drink with new hostel mates. With various events, like a language exchange, outdoor movie nights, and free hiking (a traveller’s dream), it’s easy to meet new people and experience the things that make travelling so special. That being said, you should stay ON TOP of your travel game with a hostel like Sky Palace!

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Hot tub
  • Bar, café, meals available, restaurant
  • Events
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No 31, Jiefang Dong Rd, Xiufeng District

?Neighbourhood: Xiufeng Residential District

? Nearest station:  Jiefangqiao?????? bus stop

Book your stay at Sky Palace Hostel

Yangshuo Sudder Street Guesthouse, Yangshuo

Best of the rest hostels in China - Yangshuo Sudder Street Guesthouse, Yangshuo

Yangshuo Sudder Street Guesthouse is a fairy-tale that came true. Nestled in between lush mountains and fields with a taste of remoteness and adventure, you can find this impressive oasis right in Yangshuo. Enjoy the incredible view while floating in the hostel pool, explore the mountains with new friends from all over the world, join exciting tours (or rent a bike and explore by yourself) and make memories you’ll still dream about a long time after your trip. It sounds unreal, but it does exist – and you can book it now.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Communal dinners
  • Events
  • Bike hire
  • Hair dryers
  • Café
  • Tours/Travel desk
  • Unique view

? Address: No. 74, ShenShan Village ????????????????300??????????

?Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg 

? Nearest station: Bai Li Xin Cun Kou ?????

Book your stay at Yangshuo Sudder Street Guesthouse, Yangshuo

Guilin Central Wada Hostel, Guilin

Best of the rest hostels in China - Guilin Central Wada Hostel, Guilin

Everybody needs friendly faces and a welcoming atmosphere when visiting a new country and Guilin Central Wada Hostel does this well. Guests love the staff for their helpfulness, friendliness and all their efforts to make your visit in Guilin the best experience. The hostel itself is perfectly located, close to amazing food markets and hot spots in a cool part of the town. And after a long day of exploring, you will be happy to head back and enjoy their amazing food and extremely comfortable beds!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Bar, café, common room
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: 3 Ren Min Road

?Neighbourhood: Central Guilin

? Nearest station: Shi Zi Jie ???

Book your stay at Guilin Central Wada Hostel

Qingdao Kaiyue International Hostel, Qingdao

Best of the rest hostels in China - Qingdao Kaiyue International Hostel

Qingdao is the home of the famous Tsingtao beer and a great place to visit in China. It offers old buildings with a German influence, just a short distance to mountains as well as to the beach and a lot of activities and markets to explore. The old town has a huge impact on the city’s charm and that’s where you can find the Qingdao Kaiyue International Hostel! It’s within walking distance to the ocean, has clean rooms, a downstairs bar and a great atmosphere. Oh, and did we mention that it’s located in an old church?

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • Events
  • Hair dryers
  • Tours/Travel desk

? Address: No.31 Jining Lu?????????31??????????

?Neighbourhood: Old town 

? Nearest station: Municipal hospital ????

Book your stay at Quangdao Kaiyue International Hostel

It’s a huge country with a huge choice – we hope in this hostel bonanza, you found what you are looking for. Have you been to China and got a favourite hostel we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

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