Chinese Hostels

Last September we embarked on the biggest trip of our life - to China! The biggest not because of the distance we took to get there (US would be the furthest destination we've been to) but rather because it was a trip with a tight schedule (to see as much as we can!). We had quite a long list of destinations with many places to stay at - which were important in order to get good rest and enjoy our vacation. We spent 3 weeks in China and covered around 5600 KM altogether - traveling by train, plane, bus, ship, on foot and what not..! Here is how our route looked like: Beijing - Pingyao - Taiyuan - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yichang - Wuhan - Shanghai - Beijing. We mostly stayed in hostels and were lucky to find some really great ones!


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Yamen hostel - was the first of those great hostels we stayed at in China and after it - it was quite easy to find similar ones - as they all belong to Utels - an association of youth hostels and low budget hotels in China. Situated in the very heart of Pingyao old town - this hostel is an ideal place to stay:


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The hostel occupies a very old traditional Chinese building, which reminds about hutongs and has a beautiful courtyad:


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The rooms are very simple, but gorgeous in their simplicity. The furniture in the room is antique, which is also mentioned on the card you find in the room.


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There are typical paper carving works on your windows and you get a perfect chance to sleep on traditional Chinese brick bed, which originally could be heated from beneath during winter times:


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If you are tired after a long walk in town you can enjoy a good lunch in the guest area for more than affordable prices and simply hang out - as the place is amazing!

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I think this is my last post about hostels in China - many of the hostels we have been to are great and somewhat different.

13 comments:

The Whispering Poppies said...

That is a beautiful and intriguing place! How fabulous that you have been to China!

juanitatortilla said...

I REALLY appreciate you telling us about these wonderful hostels in China. They look splendid.
How timely as well, because my husband and I were planning to go to Beijing. Well, I have to say "were planning" because I have decided not to go. My husband will be going to Beijing for work, so there really is no space and time for me. Also, if I went to China, I really really REALLY want to spend a great amount of time there, and not just in Beijing alone.
Oh well, maybe next time. I'll check back on this post for reference, for sure!

Floss said...

It looks fantastic! My parents in law went on a tour of China but it was all very touristy and they were herded around like sheep. I realise that at their age this may be best for them, but how much better to find your own places to stay, as you did! It's wonderful to see how Chinese antiques are used and appreciated in their own country. I've got some vintage Chinese embroidery on my blog today...

Olga said...

Hi Ladies, thanks for your comments here, it is great that many of you find the topic of China interesting, I will definitely explore more of it!

Diatton said...

Today, i saw photos from another country, in your blog. That time the name was China! Go ahead my friend, i wish you to visit more countries, as much as you can!

Anyway, 3 weeks to China? Really a long time, Olga...

Olga said...

Oh, 3 weeks in China are definitely not enough...

SuvvyGirl said...

Relaxing just to look at it. I could definately nap there :P

Halimas said...

It looks so true that seems unreal (if you get my point ;) ).I still didn't see your pics and did not listen to many stories about this trip...one day I hope :)

Olga said...

Hey, Michalis - great to see you back.!! Yeah, we do need to catch up on lots of things.. and I know you are coming at the beginning of July, the problem is I'm not in Tricity till July, 5 :(

Viagens pelo Mundo said...

Hi Olga,
You are definitely getting my full attention on this post. You know that I'm a big fan of small and cosy hotels so, this fits me perfectly and thanks for this wonderful tip. China is on my horizon in a couple of years from now so we will have to talk about your experience there when we’ll be together. I’m looking forward to meet you both. I’ve been planning some “things” and I believe it will be fun. Take care and a big hug for you both. TI

Olga said...

Hi TI - thank you as always for dropping by :)Definitely we will discuss the topic of China in details - and will give you all the possible tips. Very much looking forward to the 26th!

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Om my god You just see the china just in Three weeks...
Thanks for sharing your trip experience ...
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