Dragon King Hostel

Hostel in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Down a hútòng featuring some rowdy local restaurants, Dragon King is classic Běijīng with its historic building festooned with Chinese lanterns. There are rough edges, but the good outweighs the bad, especially its central location close to all the action. Dorm beds have curtains for privacy, while private rooms have plenty of space. Its cosy backpacker-style pub does cheap beer and food.