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1. Posted by jidster (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

hey all,
we're off to Beijing on the 21st of May for two weeks. Does anyone have any recommendations of good places to stay for around $10-20 in a good central location?

2. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 10y

Try the Downtown Backpackers Hostel - the place looked good from the outside and the people running it were nice. We didn't stay there because they were fully booked, but if we ever go back that would be our first choice. You can contact them by looking up their page on The location is central and they are in a quaint hutong area with plenty of bars and eating options.


3. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

I've stayed at the Peking Downtown Backpackers Accommodation (they've their own website at last Jan and I really loved the place. Not sure if you'd prefer a private room though, cos they don't have those; they only have dorms.

4. Posted by cheapswill (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I don't know what kind of budget you are travelling on but if you want a cheap but pleasant hotel you could check out the HARMONY. I spent about a week there in December 2005 and it was surprisingly nice for the cost. Through a hotel booking website (sorry, I can't remember which) we got a good deal and paid about $40 a night for 3 people. The rooms were celan and comfortable and the location was great. We were across the road from the central train station and about a 20 minute walk to the Forbidden City and Tianmenmen square.

A couple quick notes about China:(pretty much common sense things)
1) Make sure absolutely any place you are going in a taxi is written down and make sure you taxi driver knows where it is. Drivers (and most other people here) speak absolutely no English. Some drivers also have no idea where to go in this huge city but will happily drive you in circles and collect cash. Watch the meter and make sure they turn it on.
2)Be wary of overly friendly Chinese "students". We we met a seemingly nice couple who spoke English (a welcome change) and offered to show us around the old part of the city. We visited some interesting shops and they told us about some of the buildings we were passing. They then took us to a tea room and we enjoyed a Chinese tea ceremony. We were offered some tea to take home and of course we accepted, stupidly thinking it was going to be free or at least cheap. When the bill came our "friends" reminded us that this tea house was owned by the government which meant we would be in big trouble if we didn't pay up. The bill for 3 small boxes of tea each and the ceremony came to almost $600!

5. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

Agree with #4 specially chinese students.

In my case, a real student of Ghuanzhou university made a clean profit of nearly 800 dollars during my first visit to china.
Pls note that there could be really good students who are sincere in assisting you but majority of them need money.So they hit up on an idea of showing you around and you would think it would be free of cost but they have commission already bult in and rip you off with your eyes open.
so take care.

6. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

Hey Jods, I echo cheapswill recommendation. I had a pleasant stay at the Harmony hotel. It's across the train station (I arrived from shanghai via train)and is probably 5mins walk to the hotel. It is also within walking distance (2mins) to the tube. Location wise I think its fantastic. Price range was around 30-40USD for a 2 bedded room. Facilites are basic and clean. Grocery stores nearby too.

Anyway, to add on to City/Cheap tips;

1) call your embassy and get them to help out if you getting ripped off by $800.
2) Hotel staff speaks decent english, get their help.

Hope this helps. Cheers.

p.s: cheap/city...OUCH!$600-$800!!! sorry to hear that!

7. Posted by nico_b (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I've spent a good bit of time in various youth hostels in BJ, if you're looking for that sort of thing.

The best is Jade International Youth Hostel. It's central, walking distance from Tiananmen, is extremely clean, bright, spacious. The showers are better than my one at home. It has a large bar area that serves fine food. It also has nice double rooms, so my wealthier friends tell me, at sensible prices.

My favourite is Beijing Gongti, not far from Sanlitun, because of it's location and friendly atmosphere, being smaller.

My most used is Poacher's, just off Sanlitun, because it's right in the bar area, so you can collapse there after going out. It isn't as shiny as the others, but OK.

I'd get one of those nice doubles in the Jade, if I were you.