Zhōngtiān International Youth Hostel

Hostel in Zhāngjiājiè

In an anonymous office block, this OK hostel has a rooftop garden, a small bar and sofa-strewn area for sitting in. Rooms are only passable though and seriously need a refurb. Helpful staff speak some English, which is a plus, and the claypot rice meals (¥15 to ¥20), delivered from outside, are not bad.

You can have luggage delivered to its branch inside the park for ¥20. It also runs day trips, including rafting. To get here, take bus 6 (¥2) from outside Zhāngjiājiè Central Bus Station to Lieshi Gongyuan (烈士公园) bus stop, then take bus 3 (¥2) to Beizheng Lu (北正路) and the Zhōngtiān Building will be up on your left. Go down the side of the building and take the crummy lift to the 4th floor.