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Charley Johng's Dune Guesthouse Reviews

Dunhuang Mingsha Shan Sha Sheng Zhi Wu Yuan, Yuequan Shan Zhuang, Dunhuang, China

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97 Total Reviews
  • 60%Value For Money
  • 64%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 69%Atmosphere
  • 43%Cleanliness
  • 53%Facilities

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Charlie was nice and helpful. No excuse however for the bathrooms, particularly the outhouses by the cabins. Cabins have no heat so you are essentially camping, which was chilly but acceptable in early October.


far from the center but well connected, the atmosphere and the staff makes it worth it. more showers would be nice.


Charley is a friendly guy, happy to help you in Dunhuang, but the bathroom is just too dirty and gross. Too many flies and too stinky to stay here more than one or two nights.


The hostel is very very DIRTY , specially the bathroom where there are a lot of mosquitoes. No one cleans the rooms. The boss of the hostel (John) never tries to do better. If you ask something to him or to his son the answer is always "I cannot do it" . He spent all the time on his phone while his son on the computer, sometimes you can see his wife . Definitely the location is wonderful but the administration is too poor !

  • 21st Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This is a great hostel in a great location on the outskirts of town and directly next to the sand dunes. Facilities are good, especially considering the price. The hostel food was also good and very reasonably priced. The staff was very helpful. Book a camel tour through the hostel – the rate is very good and the guide is great!

  • 18th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice location close to the dunes perfect for those sunrise visits (and this is something you should do). Easy and cheap to get back and forth by bus or taxi. charming old style courtyard. Quiet at night. However the toilets are filthy - absolutely stink, full of flies and you-know-what everywhere, and the whole place could do with a big clean! Staff are generally ok. Charley is friendly - can't say much for the others.


Charley was very helpful and responsive in arranging my stay and an excursion in the desert. He even took me by car to catch the taxi. Bathrooms and showers could do with some more cleaning. The single room was spacious and cool even if it was very hot outside. Nice ambience overall.


Looks like it used to be an ok hostel, but it's extremely rundown now. Only one member of staff for the entire place (he's really nice), but often he is difficult to locate since he's running around dealing with everything. Washing machine is terrible, don't do laundry here. Location is right next to the dunes entrance... But you have to pay to climb anywhere on the dunes. Video cameras, alarms, barbed wire fences everywhere.

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