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 reservations there, caught a high-speed train, and hoped our next adventure at Wada Hostel in Guilin would be a better fit.

Read more about our time in Guangzhou, China. ♥

Guilin, China

Location of Guilin on the map of China. Referenced with Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Chengdu. Images of Guilin in Guangxi Province, People's Republic of China - The Places We Live

Guilin is in Guangxi Province, a region of China I haven’t been to, but have been looking forward to visiting for years. The area is part of the South China Karst region which is a UNESCO World Heritage property famous for its karst topography. The rock formations here are unique to areas where acid water has broken down the rocky landscape over time. This causes a lot of interesting rock and mountain formations as well as more prevalent caves and sinkholes.

I like to call these rock formations “gum drop mountains”. They are truly a sight to behold. During our short train ride from Guangzhou to Guilin, my eyes were glued to the windows and the passing scenery.

Guilin's scenery is best among all under heaven. 桂林山水甲天下 The Places We Live

Wada Hostel

We are staying at Wada Hostel while we find an apartment in Guilin. It is not located in the central district of Guilin, but still has quite a few attractions near by. Wada Hostel is highly rated on HostelWorld (I later read and believe that these ratings were falsely inflated) and has nearly all of the amenities I look for.

Check out my FREE, Guilin Walking Tour, perfect for an evening stroll! ♥

Wada Hostel: Cool Factor

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. I can absolutely see how Wada Hostel would be amazing in the summer time. In the winter time however, they leave a little to be desired. The only heat for the large common areas come from one, small stove next to the bar. This made it very challenging to spend any time in the common room without a coat, hat, and gloves.

Wada Hostel Common Areas by The Places We Live. Collage of sitting area with pool table, outdoor patio with long table, and sun room with lounge chairs.

Wada Hostel: Food

Another down side of the common area is the lack of a kitchen. There is a large and tasty menu at the bar, but it is quite expensive. I do enjoy hostel food (and Wada Hostel’s menu was no different),  but I also like the option to cook or bring in to-go orders from the street vendors.

Wada Hostel Br & Food by The Places We Live. Collage of small bar and a table with a delicous plate of broccoli and chicken.

Wada Hostel: Rooms

For $8, we got two bunk beds in a four person room at Wada Hostel. The room is quite clean by Chinese standards and the amenities are good. 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 an attached bathroom to share among the four bunks.

We are very thankful for the heater blankets and use them probably more than we should. Unfortunately, there isn’t a heater in the room and our window is broken. In case I haven’t made myself clear, “I am very cold at Wada Hostel!” I enjoy the hostel a lot, but I think it wasn’t the right choice for a winter accommodation.

See how we solve travel problems… like freezing in Guilin. ♥

So far we only have one roommate. Yu is a gentleman from Korea who is half-way through his 10 day trip around China. He is whirling through the sights while studying Chinese. His English is quite good and he has been a friendly and polite roommate.

Wada Hostel 4-Bed Dorm by The Places We Live. Bottom bunk of a bunk bed sit next to a large, open window. The white linens are nicely stacked at the head of the bed. Next to the bed, a night stand holds a framed photo and CO alarm.

Life in Guilin

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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    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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