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behind the parking lot of Mingzhen Plaza, (Jin Tian Hotel),Minzhu Rd, Lijiang, China

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180 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 63%Staff
  • 67%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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Helpful English-speaking staff.


The location of this hostel was fine, but almost impossible to find. I booked a dorm, but when we arrived they told us the dorms were in an entirely different place! They told us we could stay in the double, but of course those were more money. The room was fine, until halfway through the day when the toilet randomly stopped working for no reason. We actually ended up leaving and going to a different hostel because it there was no atmosphere, and barely any friendly English help.


We slept in a private room. The mattress in the bed was so hard like there wasn't one. Staff wasn't able to speak English with us. They couldn't give us some information about train ticket office and about the tour they offer. And this in a "international" youth hostel. Room was clean.


Staff were not very friendly, otherwise a good place.


The rooms were great. The location was great. The staff, however, didn't really act like they wanted our business - no knowledge of local activities and generally unhelpful. We will not stay here again.


Hostel looked very nice. Good location and bi beds. Only the staff could have been more helpfull and friendly

  • 10th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


In general the place is average. Staff are rude when we ask for two dishes with rice we were told there was no rice, much to our surprise, the staff had a banquet with more than 6portions of rice left over after they had finished their meal. The food we were given was disgusting.


Ok location, within walking distance from the Old Town. Staff can speak English but doesn't seem too knowledgeable about things to do around town and tours to Tiger Leaping Gorge and other locations. Excellent wi-fi with VPN (for websites blocked in China, such as Facebook), good restaurant with very good prices. I was frustrated that they didn't provide towels, not even for hire. There is a nice garden and restaurant/common area, but I experienced no interaction with other travellers.


Sour experience here unfortunately. I booked a private ensuite room, and had the receipt to prove it, but they said I had booked a spot in 6 person dorm. When they finally did admit that I ordered a private room, they offered me an upgrade to another private room, but it was the most expensive one because they had double booked my original room, and wanted me to pay the full amount. 5 minutes of heated discussion later they gave it to me at the price of the first room.


It's a really good idea to stay outside of the old city, thus to avoid squeezing down the streets with a backpack, and this hostel is ideal. Very big and spacious, built around an inner courtyard with a really smart communal area inside. American VPN, satellite TV (Wonderful soft piano music played in the evenings...) and big Western/Chinese menu. Beds very soft and rooms clean. Male in charge VERY helpful and friendly. Biggest complaint is in directions. No Chinese letters are listed on Hostel


The car that hostel recomment us to rent is very bad service.

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