The 12 Best Hostels in China

Finding cheap fares from the United States to Far East destinations like China has always been something of a hassle. Indeed, for the budget-minded backpacker hoping to see Asia on a shoestring, airfare has always been the most significant financial hurdle.

best hostels in chinaBut thanks to cost-effective carriers like Asiana Airlines and flight aggregators like SkyStub, flying from the U.S. to China isn’t nearly as expensive as you’d probably expect.

If you’re already thinking about booking a cheap flight to China, head over to SkyStub’s booking engine and have a look for yourself.

And once you’ve made it to the Middle Kingdom? Finding an affordable place to hang your hat each night will definitely be one of the smartest ways to stretch your budget.

China, after all, has become an incredibly popular destination for students and other financially-strapped backpackers over the past decade or so. As a result, budget guesthouses and bunk bed-style youth hostels have begun popping up even in some of the country’s lesser-visited locales.

Keep reading to learn about some of the very best backpacker hot spots in the county today.

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Why SkyStub’s Booking Engine Is the Best!

Cheap Flights to Hong Kong - SkyStubYou’ve reached the first step and made the decision to visit Asia. Congratulations, it’s a big decision! But whether you’re an experienced traveler or new to flying, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you begin to organize your trip. You’ll need to get a passport, figure out visas, exchange currency and develop an itinerary (if you’re the planning type, that is!)

But one of the most intimidating and often frustrating parts of travel is purchasing your tickets. At Skystub®, we want to make that experience easier and simpler. We want to be a trusted resource for your long-haul Asia airfares.

Traditionally, flights to Asia are expensive. It doesn’t help that there are hundreds of sites competing for your business, trying to market flights, hotels and “exclusive” deals. If you’ve shopped for flights before, you’ve probably been flustered by confusing interfaces, continually fluctuating prices and unclear fine print. That’s why SkyStub® has created a simple, intuitive booking process designed to help you easily book your flight. Our customers looks to our booking system for the most competitive airfare prices to countries like Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, China and more. Whether you want to see Bangkok or Seoul, we wanted to make this process as stress free as possible.

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Experiences in Korea: Temple Stays

Traveling to Korea- Visiting TemplesWhen planning to travel to Korea, or to any country, you always want to avoid the kitschy, “touristy” areas in favor of a more authentic experience. Planning an authentic tour is hard, however, unless you already know a lot about the area’s culture. Is this tour really highlighting the most important sights of Korean history, or just showing things that tourists like to see? Does this restaurant offer real Korean food, or a cheap imitation of it?

If authenticity is what you seek, consider a stay at one of South Korea’s Buddhist temples. Temple stays put visitors directly in touch with Korean Buddhism’s proud 1700 year history. Through interactions with monks and tours of the temple sites, you’ll be right in the heart of the peninsula’s culture.

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The Terracotta Warriors of China

Traveling to China - Terracotta WarriorsAs you begin planning your upcoming trip to the People’s Republic of China, there are a few crucial steps you’ll need to take. Get your passport and visas, research flights and buy your tickets to China. But before you start packing your luggage and exchanging currency, you’ll want to decide on your perfect itinerary. Start planning where in this beautiful, dynamic nation you’d like to visit. One of the most popular and fascinating destinations resides in the bustling city of Xi’an (population 8.5 million) — home to one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. Each year, millions of people fly to China to visit one of the most striking man-made marvels in the world.

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Top Sights in Seoul

Traveling to Seoul KoreaSouth Korea’s capital city has roughly as many people as New York City and yet it manages to mix the modernity of tech giants like Samsung and LG with a history and architecture that traces its roots more than two millennia back. Travelers who truly want to enjoy their stay when they visit Korea should try to incorporate elements from the modern and the medieval to see how a culture can stay true to itself century over century. Here are some sights that tick one or the other of those boxes.

Gyeongbok Palace

In partial ruins, travelers who are looking to travel to Korea still need to consider Gyeongbokgung, or Gyeongbuk Palace, priority one if they have any interest in South Korean history. It is the grandest example of a royal residence in the country and traces its beginnings to the late 14th century. The entire facility included several thousand rooms and while just under half of it has been restored, the architecture is still impressive regardless of whether or not travelers can see inside some of the buildings.

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Visiting Japan? Escaping from Tokyo is a Must!

Traveling to Japan: Famous Hot SpringsTokyo has been variously described as one of the most exciting, most metropolitan and most futuristic cities in the world. Frankly, we’d have to agree. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, though, it’s worth bearing in mind that the world outside its capital city is absolutely bursting with the sort of culture, nature and history you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Indeed, nearly 100 million souls reside in the 46 Japanese prefectures outside Tokyo — that makes for almost endless opportunities to become more familiar with one of the most oddly unique countries on earth.

Not yet convinced? Keep reading to learn why you should add at least a few outside-Tokyo destinations to your Japanese bucket list.

Slow down and discover the old world spirit of Kyoto

After exploring the bustling modernity of Tokyo, you may be ready for the quiet and almost meditative introspection of Kyoto.

While the rest of Japan seems to be eagerly following Tokyo’s lead into the ultramodern future, Kyoto is the country’s home base for the traditions of old. Indeed, the city of 1.5 million has historically been referred to as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Even today, some 2,000 temples and shrines exist within the Kyoto region.

Temple hunters who want the most bang for their sightseeing buck will want to head straight to one of the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient collection consists of 13 Buddhist temples, three Shinto shrines and one very large flatland castle.

Especially popular is the famed 600-year-old Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji. The Zen Buddhist temple is easily one of the most popular sites in all of Japan, and it’s surrounded by a stunning minimalist garden.

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The Beaches of Indonesia – A Traveler’s Paradise

The Beaches of Indonesia - A Traveler's ParadiseFor beach lovers, Indonesia is a traveler’s paradise — this South Pacific archipelago is made up of over 13,000 islands, spanning across two tropical oceans. This has created a haven for gorgeous soft sand beaches, stunning waves and sunny skies. Whether you’re searching for popular tourist destinations or untouched shoreline, Indonesia’s islands contain beaches to suit any taste. Surfers, snorkelers and avid divers flock to the coastline to immerse themselves in the sparkling waters, ablaze with tropical sea creatures. What’s stopping you from booking your cheap flight to Indonesia? Chances are, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more from Indonesia’s world-famous beaches.

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Sightseeing in Vietnam

Sightseeing in Vietnam Vietnam is full of natural treasures. This Southeast Asian country has many different climates and remarkable landscapes. Get your cheap tickets and then decide what you’d like to explore; maybe you want to view the lush green rice fields in Northern Vietnam or see where the Mekong Delta meets the ocean in the south. This rapidly changing nation has ancient traditions and temples that are rich with history. There’s no shortage of sights to see in the beauty of Vietnam.

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Dim Sum is a Culinary Treat on a Visit to China

Traveling to ChinaNo trip to China is complete without dim sum. Food is a large part of any culture, and China is no exception. Dim sum is a Cantonese style food is known for being prepared into small bite-size portions, normally served in steamer baskets or small plates. Going out for dim sum in Cantonese is often referred to as going to “drink tea,” since tea is normally served with a meal of dim sum. This style of cuisine has gained large global popularity, with dim sum restaurants popping up all over the world, especially in the Chinatown neighborhoods of large North American cities like San Francisco and New York City. However, to get the full experience requires travel to China. So see if you can find one of our cheap flights to China to try this fantastic cuisine.

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What Museums to Visit in Seoul

Cheap International Flight to Seoul KoreaA trip to South Korea is one to remember for a lifetime. This dynamic country is home to delicious food, unique culture and a complex history. It can be overwhelming to decide what to experience first. Once you’ve booked your flight to Seoul, you may consider visiting South Korea’s world-class museums to get a taste of their national pride. And you’ll have plenty to choose from — there are over 500 museums and galleries in South Korea, something to suit everyone’s taste! Now’s the time get your cheap tickets to Korea and start exploring.

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