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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beijing: Happy Dragon Hostel

While in Beijing, we stayed at the Happy Dragon Hostel. It's a cute little place tucked down an alleyway surrounded by local shops & karaoke bars.

The taxi driver from the airport wasn't familiar with the hostel, so we had a tough time finding it at first. After that, we decided it would have been easier to use the subway from the airport, & then follow the map from the Happy Dragon website.

We paid 228 RMB (about US $32) per night for a small but clean private room with bath, complete with towels & shampoo. The staff at the hostel was friendly & took care of everything from laundry to booking a plane ticket with a gracious smile.

The hostel had its own restaurant serving a combination of Western and Chinese food where people staying at the hostel could hang out & use the wi-fi or chat with other travelers. Those that didn't bring their laptops could use the desktop computers in the lobby for 4 RMB (= about US 60 cents) an hour.

They offered several reasonably priced tourist activities at the hostel, including day trips to the Great Wall & an evening at a Beijing Opera. They also had bikes for us to rent, which we used almost every day to ride around the city.

The Happy Dragon Hostel turned out to be a great choice. It had everything that I like about staying in hostels. The next time I go to Beijing, I'll definitely stay there again.

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