The Forbidden City
For lower budget travellers and backpackers, Beijing now offers hostels all over the city, which not only offer a bed for the night, but can also provide internet access, airport and train station pickups, either for free or a very low price, laundry services, day trips to the Great Wall, help with booking tickets and some even include free breakfast in their own restaurant or café. There are many Hostels to choose from in the best locations in Beijing, near the most popular sights and close to the bars, shops, and restaurants. Most hostels in Beijing will also include cooking facilities if you want to self cater.
However, it’s best to read independent reviews of any Beijing hostel you think you would like to stay at, many backpackers have been lured in by dubious advertising and inaccurate descriptions to find themselves in filthy, badly smelling rooms with no hot water or clean sheets. Travellers have also complained of being over charged for day trips and mislead as to what exactly they’re paying for.
Prices range from around $10 for a bed in an 8-bed dorm, to $25 for a private room with en-suite. Most hostels in Beijing are available to book online but if not they should have a website with a telephone number.