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Zhongtian Int'l Youth Hostel (Yuanjiajie) Reviews

Wangqiaotai, Yuanjiajie, Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, China

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177 Total Reviews
  • 68%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 59%Cleanliness
  • 58%Facilities

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Awesome location in Zhangjiajie Park. Unfortunately because the guests will come for the location the hostel makes no effort in all other areas. Food was tasteless and overpriced, staff were rarely at the counter when you wanted something. The "4 bed dorms" are each connected to another 4 bed dorm with no door separating the two rooms. Cleanliness was okay. Only a few showers/toilets for the dorms so always a queue. Paths behind hostel go to great viewpoints though.


Really average and barely clean but the location is just awesome! The mood as well is really nice and you'll probably meet nice people


A bit tough to find - alongside a road in Zhangjiajie National Park between Yuanjiajie and Yangjiajie, accessible by bus that you'll probably have to forcibly request to stop and drop you off. Good place to stay to avoid exiting and re-entering the park each day while visiting. Average facilities (squatting toilets only) but you can't expect much from a place in the mountains. They'll also send your bags to their Zhongtian sister hostels in Zhangjiajie City or Wulingyuan for a small fee.


I was told that the food was not good, but I didn't expect to get sick because of it... I would go back, because of the location, but bring my own food.


Excellent location when you find it - the instructions need to be seriously rewritten. It is actually potentially more convenient to arrive at the north entrance of the park if it is later in the day. Also the hostel is majorly under-staffed - the food takes a long time and there isn't always a receptionist. Had the cosy feel of a mountain hut - you can't hold the damp against them considering their location.


Basic and clean hostel located in the middle of the national park. Easy to find as opposite the bus stop and clearly marked. Double room was spacious and fairly clean. They serve Chinese food at reasonable prices and you can order things that are not on the very basic menu. Nice atmosphere and staff seem quite helpful. Good option when staying in te park.


Except the location, there are no reason to stay into this dirty disgusting hostel. Prices are very high for very bad beds. Dirty bed sheets. Beds full of clothes. Rooms just under the roof so mind your head. Wait 1 hour (without exaggerating) to get the food you order. Very hard to find the location. You would rather sleep somewhere else with higher price you will pay less (taxi in the park are so expensive! ). I don want to remember this hostel even if zhangjiajie was my best souvenir in China


Location on top of the mountain was excellent for a two day trip, but was a little difficult to find once at the top. the stay was comfortable for a hostel in the park (expect it to be a little musky as a result). Food was alright, reasonable price for Zhangjiajie but could be tastier.


The room, where we slept, was mouldy on the walls.


Room was a bit dirty. Menu choice could be better with more chinese options. Hard to get to with crowds taking up time on the elevator


The hostel was a bit hard to find. In the future, I would highly recommend the hostel let guests know they need to ask the bus driver to drop them off at Wangqiaotai and provide them with Chinese characters. Otherwise, I thought the hostel was good in terms of location, facilities, etc. for the price I paid. Keep in mind that Yuanjiajie is 1) in the mountains 2) in the middle of the park, therefore it can be a bit hard to get to/back to and not have the best facilities.


Very mouldy! Otherwise good. Spacious room and bathroom. Good shower pressure. Location is very convenient once you find the place. Really delicious hot meals and they sell drinks there, including coffee. You have to pay a little extra for air conditioning (20¥) and toilet paper (5¥) but it's still cheap for a mountain top accomodation!


Most of the reviews for this hostel are pretty harsh. Yes, the facilities are not the most impressive and it is a bit damp in the bedrooms, but you're in the middle of the park. If you take a look at the restaurants and bathrooms in other park locations you'll notice the exact same thing. There's only so much a hostel can do to prevent moisture without charging 150 yuan a night. The location is excellent and some of my favorite views in the park are literally out the back door of the hostel.


We knew this hostel was basic before booking and were therefore happy with the accommodation and service received. The staff speak relatively good English, cook a great fried rice, and have some beautiful walks which start at their doorstep. The hostel feels a little damp but I guess for the amount it rains up there it's unavoidable. Only real disappointment was how far away the hostel is to other restaurants, at dinner you don't have any other options for eating.


The staff is not very kind. The communication between someone who doesn't speack english and me is complicated. The Price for a breakfast is very expensive. The location is good, very combinient while being there to visit the park. But arrving can be very complicated, if it's a rainny day and you don't know the park it can be super complicated. Arriving can turn to be an adventure. You should consider moreless 80 yuans for the cable car or elevator if its a rainny day


the only thing this hostel has going for it us the location as it is in the national park but the directions they provide are completely useless and when I emailed 3 times to get better ones I only got a reply pretty much as I finally arrived there! the staff is a moody rude woman, no English from her. the place is colder inside than outside. its mouldy and damp our whole bag and shoes were completely wet after a night there. booked a 4 dorm which is actually an 8. stay elsewhere in the park!


Fantastic place, peaceful and mysteriously beautiful!

  • 19th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Booked for two nights, stayed for five. We had a very good time in Wulingyuan and the Zhangjiajie National Park since this hostel is at a good location and shops are very close by. Best of all was Victor - the man for park information, tour guiding and planing, help with contacting other hostels, taxi driver, pharmacie cashiers, etc. He'll help you with anything! The hostel offers chinese food all day long (try the traditional hot pot) and laundry service. Thanks a lot for having us!

  • 27th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I guess it was a nice hostel a few years ago, but now it would need some serious maintenance and renovation. Rooms are damp, with mould on walls and plaster falling off. The hostel is really difficult to find, it turns out that the instructions given on their web page are largely insufficient. However, the receptionist was speaking English and was quite helpful. There was also a lady cook and the dishes were tasteful.


I think it was ok but really there are some things that could be easily improved. For example leaving toilet paper on the bathroom instead of selling it. The same with soap. Also it would be nice that when people arrived someone made them a tour and explain what the sandals they have are for (toilet is in the same place as the shower so it is somehow disgusting if you are barefoot. Finally I would improve the instructions about the different alternatives there are to get there

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