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While traveling with Shanti, I had the pleasure of getting used to staying in hostels. For the most part, I was surprised by how cozy, cheap, well-furnished and well serviced they were. However, over the length of the trip, hostels had to slowly win my love over with their Chinese-English dictionaries, WiFi, and the complimentary golden retriever in every lobby (we saw three of them in three separate hostels).
Our first hostel on the trip, in Wuxi, was less than adequate and had turned me off initially to the hostel experience. Here are some pictures of the Wuxi hostel.
I have more things to say about the service and the appearance, but this is already a long blog. Later, we learned that foreigners would actually not be allowed to stay in this hostel for the duration of the Shanghai World Expo because the Chinese government doesn’t allow hostels or hotels to accept foreigners unless their accommodations are up to a certain standard.
Here are some of the other hostels we stayed at: Suzhou Watertown Hostel in Suzhou and Nanjing Jasmine International Youth Hostel in Nanjing .