International Youth Hostel Lijiang, China – the perfect base to extend your Chinese visa

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International Youth Hostel Lijiang

Not only is the city of Lijiang a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also a great place to extend your Chinese visa. As you will probably be spending a few days in this dense, touristy place, why not make yourself comfortable at the International Youth Hostel, Lijiang? A bolt hole of calm where the crowds seem a million miles away.

Read also: “All you need to know about Chinese visa extension and how to do it in Lijiang step by step”

Lijiang old town - wet cobbled stone alleyway in China

Lijiang old town

What makes it great

The hostel is well positioned, close enough to the old town to walk in but far enough away from the crowds. It is an ocean of calm and after 1 day walking around Lijiang Old Town you will value that all the more.

The staff are extremely friendly, always willing to help with plans, translate and point you in the right direction. They were even kind enough to let us leave some bags while we went hiking to the nearby stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge.

It is a very homely and sociable hostel, with a lovely outside sitting area and an inner courtyard if you really don’t want to go to bed and a pool table in the main common room area.

The Wi-Fi is also excellent and that is saying something in China. Furthermore, the WiFi is fitted with a VPN so if you absolutely anything you must do online in China, do it in International Youth Hostel, Lijiang. It is probably the best WiFi in the whole of China, and we are not kidding about that!


The dormitory beds are extraordinarily good value with varying options available. The cheapest (4/8 Bed Mixed Dorms) can be picked up for as little as ¥30 p.p, with slightly more expensive 3 bed family rooms ¥60 p.p still good value.

There is lots of room to store your bike as well as a cheap bicycle hire option for those wanting to go a little further afield. They also offer luggage storage which is great as you really must go to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Lockers with keys are provided. There are plug sockets in all the dorms and common rooms and a washing machine is available for free.

How to get to the hostel

From the airport: Take airport bus (¥20) to Lijiang Lantian Hotel. Take bus #8 (¥1) to Yulongzian Yiyuan (it is a hospital). Walk back along the bus route for 50m and cross the road next to Jin Tian Hotel. Cross the parking lot of the hostel and hostel is behind.

From Lijiang Railway Station: Take bus #18 to White Dragon Square (bailong gungchang). Follow the road for 150m, crossing a set of traffic lights. Turn right after the Jin Tian Hotel. Cross the parking lot of the hostel and hostel in behind.

From Lijiang Long Distance Bus Terminal: Take bus #8 or #11 to Mingzhen Gungchang, Across the road in a doorway you will see the YH sign. Walk straight for around 10m.

Map of International Youth Hostel, Lijiang and transport links

Name: International Youth Hostel Lijiang
Address: Behind the parking lot of Mingzhen Guangchang (Jin Tian Hotel), Minzhu Rd, Lijiang
Phone: 0888-5100310
Price: Dorm Bed – ¥30-60 Single Room – ¥70
Facebook: International Youth Hostel Lijiang

written by: Jon

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