3 Best Hostels in Chengdu – Visit the Giant Pandas & Watch Sichuan Opera Performance

3 Best Hostels in Chengdu – Visit the Giant Pandas & Watch Sichuan Opera Performance

Chengdu is a vibrant city that is full of culture and adventure, and it’s the perfect place to explore. But if you want the ultimate hostel experience, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the best hostels in Chengdu to give you the best experience and make your stay in the city unforgettable.

Chengdu, China’s fifth largest city, is a stunning city with an abundance of splendid teahouses, the best Chinese cuisine, and most importantly, is the home of the country’s mascot, the Giant Panda.

While cities such as Beijing and Shanghai draw large crowds of tourists and expats focused on the international business and technology markets, Chengdu offers something more unique to visitors of China. Chengdu and the Sichuan Province are located in the country’s heart and are a haven for natural resources, scenic beauty, and some of the country’s friendliest locals.

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  1. Chengdu Flipflop Hostel - best for solo travelers
  2. Chengdu Local Tea Hostel - best for female solo travelers
  3. Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel - best for backpackers
  4. Extra: Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery - best for social butterflies

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And, while Chengdu remains an off-the-beaten-path destination in China, the tourist industry is expanding faster than ever, with tons of fun hostels offering the typical backpacker vibe in one of the world’s most mysterious countries. Having said that, here is the list of the best hostels in Chengdu.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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Quick Introduction to Chengdu

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Chengdu cost $5 – $12 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average of around $42 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Getting around Chengdu: Public transportation is the most popular way to get around Chengdu. You can take the bus, metro, or taxi to get to many places in the city. Another great way to explore the city is by bike. Many companies offer bike rental services. You can also rent electric scooters to get around.

Best time to travel Chengdu: Chengdu has a temperate climate, so the best time to visit is from March to June and from September to November. The temperatures are mild and comfortable during these months, making it a great time to explore the city’s attractions. The months of July and August can be quite hot and muggy. Winters (December to February) are mild, but there is some occasional rain and fog.

Safety in Chengdu: Chengdu is generally considered to be a very safe city. The city is well-lit at night and there is an extensive public transportation system, ensuring a safe journey for travelers. Additionally, Chengdu has very strict laws regarding public safety, meaning that visitors can feel safe from any potential dangers.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Chengdu are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Chengdu.

  1. Chengdu Flipflop Hostel – best for solo travelers
  2. Chengdu Local Tea Hostel – best for female solo travelers
  3. Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel – best for backpackers
  4. Extra: Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery - best for social butterflies

We put all accommodations on the map, incl. our own tips for restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Chengdu Flipflop Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Chengdu Local Tea Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Chengdu Flipflop Hostel
👫 For Socializing:Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery
📍 Top Location:Chengdu Flipflop Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Chengdu Flipflop Hostel
🎒 for Backpacker:
Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel
🎤 For Activities:Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery

1. Chengdu Flipflop Hostel

Chengdu Flipflop Hostel by POSHPACKER hostel chain, an elegant and chic-designed hostel overlooking Chengdu, is the best hostel in Chengdu for posh backpackers who want the comfort of staying in a luxurious hostel while also embracing the backpacker spirit. 

In addition to the hostel’s numerous amenities, guests can keep themselves entertained with a pool table, foosball, and a selection of books and magazines. Sichuan cooking classes are available to book for those looking to maximize their cultural experience in this rich province, and other activities such as hiking and cycling excursions are available at the tour desk.

Guests can enjoy free hostel events such as the Dumpling Party, Opera Show, live music, and a calligraphy class, all while sipping cold beers and eating a mix of Chinese and international cuisine at the hostel’s busy restaurant. The hostel also provides a free VPN service to make staying connected easier.

FlipFlop Hostel offers a variety of room types. Single rooms are available for couples or individuals who require more bed space and privacy. Friends or small groups can reserve one of the many rooms, which sleep two to four and have their own private bathrooms. 6 and 10-bed dormitories, along with a private female dormitory, are also available. Even though this is a social hostel, you can always expect clean and quiet dorm rooms to ensure a restful night’s sleep during your stay in Chengdu.

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Chengdu Flipflop Hostel Poshpacker Dorm

Perfect for nights spent boozing, this hostel is in proximity to Chengdu’s Lan Kwai Fong and Riverside Bar districts, which have some of the city’s best nightlife. Overall, POSHPACKER’s Flipflop Hostel is one of the best hostels in Chengdu for an elegant, yet adventurous stay.

Location: Flipflop Hostel is just a few minutes walk from the Chunxi Road Metro Station, which puts you right in the middle of major Chengdu attractions like the Mao Statue and People’s Park, the Wenshu Temple, and, most importantly, the Xinnan Men Bus Station, from which you can get to all of Chengdu’s major landmarks.

The best choice in Chengdu for

  • solo travelers
  • social butterflies
  • partygoers
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Chengdu Flipflop Hostel Poshpacker - Great for Digital Nomads

Chengdu Flipflop Hostel Poshpacker

2. Chengdu Local Tea Hostel

Chengdu Local Tea Hostel, another POSHPACKER hostel, is a stylish and trendy hostel in the modern hostel chain. Chengdu Local Tea Hostel, like its sister hostel Flipflop, provides a modern, up-to-date accommodation space for backpackers seeking more luxury than the average backpacker hostel. 

Along with its central location near the XinNanMen station, access to the airport and other areas of the city is easy, and tons of shops and eateries are within walking distance to get whatever you need. The hostel’s colorful decor creates a vibrant staycation in Chengdu’s bustling city, which guests love.

The hostel’s lounge area is ideal for relaxing, playing games, and interacting with other travelers as you continue exploring the city. Guests can escape the city chaos by strolling along the Nanhe River in the early evenings before sunset.

The hostel has separate male and female dormitories, private rooms with double beds for couples, and several group rooms that sleep two to four people. Guests appreciate the hostel’s cleanliness; you will seldom be met with anything less than a clean and quiet room or common area. Although the hostel lacks a kitchen, the restaurants nearby will fill your stomach with delectable Chinese cuisine, giving you the energy to continue exploring the city.

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POSHPACKER·Chengdu Local Tea Hostel Activity Area

Overall, a luxurious stay at either POSHPACKER location will provide all of the comforts of Chengdu’s best hostels while also serving as central meeting points for travelers to connect and go sightseeing.

Location: The hostel’s location has everything you’ll need to make your stay in Chengdu as comfortable as possible.

A great choice for

  • female solo travelers
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Chengdu Local Tea Hostel Lobby

3. Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel

Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel is a backpacker’s paradise located in the heart of Chengdu, China. It is conveniently located in the city center, near restaurants, cafes, bars, and shopping. The hostel has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with friendly staff and a helpful concierge.

The hostel is well known for its clean and comfortable rooms, as well as its well-kept communal areas and kitchen. All rooms have air conditioning and hot water. They also have free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a refrigerator.

The hostel has a variety of activities and amenities to make your stay more enjoyable. They offer a laundry service, 24-hour reception, and a lounge area with computers and books. They also have a fully equipped kitchen, with a wide selection of food and drinks. The hostel also has a game room with foosball.

Location: It is also close to some of Chengdu’s top attractions, including the Chengdu People’s Park, the Wuhouci Temple, and the Kuanzhai Alley.

This is one of the best hostels in Chengdu for

  • backpackers
  • social butterflies
  • groups
Book Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel here

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Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel Private Restaurant

Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel Private Bedroom

4. Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery

Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery is one of the best hostels in Chengdu for not only its excellent and convenient location, but its daily activities provided to guests to ensure they have a splendid stay. Cooking classes, walking tours, movie nights, and cycling tours, perfect for biking to the nearby Huoshui Park, are among the many activities hosted by Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery (Lazybones Hostel).

Reception is open all day to book any outside tour or excursion in Chengdu. Lazybones Hostel is Chengdu’s ultimate social hostel, where you can make lifelong friends in one of the world’s most spectacular cities.

This large hostel has 46 modern rooms with a variety of accommodation types to choose from. Private rooms sleep one to four people and are available in 4 and 6-bed mixed dormitories.

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Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery Dorm

There are kitchen facilities available, as well as a lovely terrace for sharing meals and drinks. Lazybones Hostel, one of Chengdu’s most social hostels, has plenty of activities to keep guests booked and busy and will leave guests with fond memories of the city.

Location: Lazybones Backpacker Hostel, a centrally located hostel in Chengdu and a less than twenty-minute walk to the Wenshu Monastery. 

This is one of the best Chengdu hostel for:

  • solo travelers
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Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery Lobby

Have fun at Chengdu oBANGo Hostel Wenshu Monastery

Best Hostels in Chengdu for Solo Travelers and Partygoers? 

We think that the best hostel in Chengdu is Chengdu Flipflop Hostel.

Located in the bustling Tianfu Square area of downtown Chengdu, Flipflop Hostel offers a variety of amenities for solo travelers, including free Wi-Fi, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a communal lounge area with a pool table.

The hostel also offers a lot of activities – from yoga, cooking class, movie nights and tours to pub crawls, happy hour and parties. With its modern, stylish decor, Flipflop Hostel is a great place for solo travelers to get comfortable and make friends.

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Chill at Chengdu Flipflop Hostel Poshpacker Rooftop

More Hostels worth a mention

At the moment, we think you are all set with the hostels we just shared with you. We always try to keep our guides super fresh and up to date. We might add more hostels worth a mention here in the future if we feel that it could enrich your travel and hostel experience.

What about the cheapest hostels in Chengdu?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Chengdu.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Chengdu
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

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The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

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All Top Hostels put on a map + sights

We’re listing all the three best Chengdu hostels on a map to give you an idea of the location and distances between them.


Here we share with you the most asked question:

What are the best hostels in Chengdu?

The best hostels in Chengdu are:

  1. Chengdu Flipflop Hostel – best for solo travelers
  2. Chengdu Local Tea Hostel – best for female solo travelers
  3. Chengdu Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel – best for backpackers
  4. Extra: Chengdu【oBANGo】Hostel Wenshu Monastery (Lazybones Hostel) - best for social butterflies

What is the best hostel in Chengdu for solo travelers?

The best hostel in Chengdu for solo travelers is: Chengdu Flipflop Hostel.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com 😉

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Are hostels in Chengdu safe?

Not all hostels in Chengdu are necessarily safe, especially the ones that offer cheap prices in sketchy areas. They might be illegal hostels or ones without the proper licenses and safety measures put in place.

In all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Chengdu. You can find backpacker hostels with top ratings here! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also email us and ask us!

Is the Chengdu worth visiting?

Yes, Chengdu is worth visiting. It is a major city in southwestern China and is known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and beautiful landscapes. There are many attractions to explore, including the famous Giant Panda Research Base, the Wuhou Temple, and the Jinli Ancient Street.

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