Hi everyone I'll be arriving in beijing on the 25th this month, and was wondering if anyone can recommend a cheap (gotta be cheap! I'm talking about £5 - £10) yet cheerful hostel to stay at, perhaps somewhere where a little english is spoken and where good advice is given on how to see beijing, or maybe just somewhere you've stayed where you've had a good experience.
I'll only be there for a few days, number one on the list is seeing the wall.
I stayed here in Beijing. Nice place. You can rent private room ensuite. Walk to Forbiden City, Tian square, underground, etc. I took cabbie to bus depot for Jinshanling.
If you want the hotel has avail to help you book to go to wall. I had not used them as went on own.
Beijing Jade International Youth Hostel
5 Zhida Beixiang
Tel: 010 6525 9966
Please see this website www.hostelsweb.com, you may find your ideal hostel. actually, the hotel price in Beijing is not expensive as you thought. There are some budget hotel chain in Beijing, like Super8 or Home inn etc...
hope you can find your ideal accomdation, good luck
I stayed at Downtown Backpackers which was pretty good. It wasn't the cheeriest of places, but was not the worst by any stretch of the imagination. It was very cheap at less than £4 a night for the cheapest option, was rated the 3rd best hostel in Asia last year according to the hostelworld website and they were very helpful. They had tours leave from the hostel to do the Jinshaling-Simatai 18km hike along the Great Wall of China. If you do that, be sure to take plenty of food and drink with you as they don't stop for food or drink along the way. It also had free airport pickup if you arrange it with them before you arrive, and could also arrange a trip to the Chinese Acrobats (which is well worth seeing).
If you do decide to stay there, be sure to have the address written down in Chinese characters and also have the phone number handy. It was located in a well hidden street which was very hard to retrace your steps and unless the taxi drivers have learnt more english since 2005, you may be hailing down cabs for hours before you find one who knows where you are talking about. Even then they'll probably need to call the hostel to get easy to understand directions unless you can speak Mandarin. One of the staff spoke fluent english (the one who was at reception most the time) and a couple of the others spoke good enough english to get by.
I'm going to be in Beijing on 15th of this month and was planning to stay at the Leo hostel as it's literally a few mins from Tianamen Sq and they have a 'secret' wall trip that's meant to be good but having heard that Downtown Backpackers do the hike one I may change my mind