Wada Hostel

I didn’t think we would like Guangzhou, but I was hopeful that I would be wrong. I wasn’t. We cancelled the rest of our reservation, got some train tickets, and caught a high-speed train ticket to Guilin.

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Guilin is in the region of China I have been looking forward to visiting for years. It is famous for its karst topography. There are lot of caves and what I like to call “gum drop” mountains. I spent the majority of the train trip looking at the beautiful natural scenery and the farming villages.

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We are staying the Wada Hostel while we find an apartment. It is highly rated on HostelWorld, has nearly all of the amenities I look for (it’s only missing a kitchen), and it is super cheap; in fact, a single night at our GuangZhou hostel was almost as much as three nights here!

One of the major things I look for in a hostel is one with a good vibe. This place has a great vibe. The staff is friendly, the common areas are large and comfortable, and there is a bar (how else will I get the courage to meet new people?).

The only down side with the common area is the lack of kitchen. There is a large and tasty looking menu, but it is quite expensive compared to what I can find on the street. I would have liked to have the option of purchasing my food, and then cooking and eating it at the hostel.

For $8, we got two bunk beds in a four person room. The room is quite clean for Chinese standards and the amenities are great. Each bed comes with a locker and lock, another locker with a charging station inside of it, a privacy curtain, lamp, and a heater blanket! The room also has a private bathroom.

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My bunk with my framed photo from home and my CO Alarm.
So far we only have one roommate. Yu is a gentleman from Korea who is half-way through his 10 day trip around China to see some sights and practice his Chinese. His English is quite good and he has been a friendly and polite roommate so far. The desk girl told me they were expecting quite a few more guests this evening though, so maybe we will get another mate.

So this is our home for the next few days. I think it is likely we will stay in Guilin for the rest of the month, but I don’t know for sure. Everything will depend on what we find for apartments this weekend. Until then, here is my work space:

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4 comments

    1. The hostels in China are top notch. We have been to a few other good ones around the world (our favorite is Vagabonds in Belfast), but the ones in general, the best ones have been in China.

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