Saturday, September 10, 2011

Guilin Backstreet Youth Hostel

Take the shuttle bus from the airport to the second (last) bus stop. Than, walk along the Li River or take a taxi which cost 9 yuan instead. The hostel is easily recognize as it is opposite Sheraton Hotel and within the Pedestrian Street. In fact Backstreet Youth Hostel is in the city by itself where every tourist spot is within walking distance including eating, shopping and bars. Local and western food are easily accessible. As for me, I prefer to look for fast food chain such as Pizza Hut, KFC or McD before I adjust to Chinese food and they are all available within walking distance from my hostel.
For those who are interested, here's the contact:

Guilin Backstreet Youth Hostel 
Guilin Backstreet Youth Hostel,
3, Renmin Lu.
Tel: 0773-2819936 / 2827116

Most of the travelers especially westerners who share common interest stay at this Hostel. The staffs speak fluent English and are helpful. You can get all the information you need from the staffs here or from other travelers. They have single rooms, double rooms and even dorm beds. I pay RMB120 for a single room.
The famous Elephant Hill and Shanhu Lake are within walking distance. But what I enjoy most is walking along the Li River as most of the local activities are along the river bank. The Chinese like to exercises, relax and chatting along the river especially during the evening. The elderly meet up for a chat, play cards, practicing Kung Fu, Tai Chi or even playing some musical instruments. There are also plenty spots for a swim and fishing. I stayed at this hostel for the first two nights before proceeding to Yangshuo.

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