Are you planning a trip to Guilin (桂林), Yangshuo (阳朔) or Xingping (兴坪) soon? I went to these 3 beautiful places last year and here is my 2 cents of thought on where to stay in Guilin, Yangshuo and Xingping.
I am a self confessed backpacker, or rather a flashpacker. Google to find out what a flashpacker is, would ya? I am willing to spend on tour activities but adhere to the modest accommodation, meal and mode of transport at my chosen destination. I used to stay in guesthouses. In Guilin, I stayed in youth hostels as there is no guesthouse found in China. And most probably I will keep on staying in guesthouses and hostels wherever I go traveling in the future. To my traveling partners, please bear with me in this, haha!
In Guilin, we stayed in Guilin Backstreet International Youth Hostel (桂林后街国际青年旅馆). I booked a twin bed private ensuite room through hostelworld.com at 120 Chinese Yuan per room per night. Hostelworld.com provides online bookings for hostels and other budget accommodations in over 160 countries in the world. I usually prefer an ensuite room as it has an attached bathroom. I would not want to be in a long queue waiting to do my business outside shared bathrooms in the early morning! I chose to stay in Guilin Backstreet because of its strategic location in downtown Guilin. Guilin Backstreet faces the south gate of Sheraton Guilin Hotel and is near to Li River (漓江), Zhengyang Pedestrian Street (正阳步行街) and night market at Zhongshan Zhong Street (中山中路). The major downside is the poor attitude at the receptionist counter. Foong complained that the television in his room could not be switched on. We were told later that no television inside the room is functioning and there is a common area to watch television on each floor. But heck, why you put a faulty television in each room then?
We stayed in Xijie Hostel (阳朔西街西客栈) in Yangshuo, also booked through hostelworld.com. Yangshuo Xijie Hostel is located near the intersection of Pantao Street (蟠桃路) and West Street (西街). I chose to stay in this hostel because it is just a stone’s throw away from West Street, the most happening place in Yangshuo while can still ensure a good sleep at night because it is not on the West Street itself. I kind of like Yangshuo Xijie Hostel. The hostel was built into a karsts hill and there is a cave in there which we did not have time to explore. We could even see the beautiful karsts hill scenery of Yangshuo just stepping out of our room. I booked a triple bed private ensuite room at 90 Chinese Yuan per room per night, damn affordable!
In Xingping, we stayed in Xingping This Old Place International Youth Hostel (兴坪老地方国际青年旅馆). Xingping is a small ancient town and if I am not wrong, this is the only hostel available. Although we only stayed 1 night in Xingping, I rate Xingping This Old Place very highly. To me, Xingping This Old Place is the best hostel I had stayed in the entire trip. I booked an ensuite room with mountain view balcony at 120 Chinese Yuan per room per night. From our room’s balcony, we can see the street view of Xingping with lots of karsts peaks in the background. There is a rocking chair at the balcony which I think I would enjoy rocking back and forth seeing the sunset if I did not suffer from diarrhea in Xingping! The rooftop of Xingping This Old Place is a nice place too as it offers amazing river view of the Li River.
The night before we left Guilin for Kuala Lumpur, we stayed in Guilin Oasis Inn (桂林绿洲酒店). Guilin Oasis Inn is located on Zhongshan Zhong Street, not very far away from Guilin Backstreet International Youth Hostel. It is a small hostel set in the 4th floor of a building and is near to Xicheng Pedestrian Street (西城路步行街). I like the coziness of Guilin Oasis Inn and would definitely stay there if I come to Guilin again in the future. I booked a triple bed private ensuite room for 150 Chinese Yuan per room per night, which is about 25 Malaysian Ringgit per person per night! You certainly would not believe the quality you got at such price looking at pictures below!
I believe I had finally covered all aspects of my Guilin travel. To read the rest of my Guilin entries, please go to Guilin Escapade.
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