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This Shanghai youth hostel isn’t an easy one to find, housed down a long alley off a backstreet in the Jing’an district.

Overview But once you have managed to lug your backpack here, you’ll be pleased you did.

The sprawling Thirties building used to be a towel factory, but the lime green paintwork and original exposed brick make it look edgy rather than industrial.

The surrounding streets are packed with tiny dumpling stalls, quirky boutiques and cheap bars, yet you’re only a few minutes’ walk away from the international glitz of upmarket shopping street West Nanjing Road.

Facilities are top notch for budget travellers, as you can get your laundry done here for next to nothing, and staff can arrange good value city tours for you.

Wow factor The communal areas are a great place to meet fellow backpackers and drink a few beers.

The common room has board games, a pool table, table tennis set-up and a foosball table to keep you occupied, while the sunny rooftop bar and cafe is the perfect spot to relax if you need a bit of respite from the busy streets.

Clean and simple.

Furnishings are basic but comfortable enough.

Bill please Dorm beds from £5.50pn.

No. 36 Lane 319, Jiaozhou Road, Shanghai, China


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