October Inn Hostel

#69-1, Xuan Tian Alley, Bei Men Street, Gucheng District, Lijiang, China, Distance from city centre: 1.2km
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Rating: 95%from 3 reviews

  • 100%Atmosphere
  • 100%Staff
  • 100%Security
  • 93%Cleanliness
  • 80%Location
  • 100%Value for money
  • 93%Facilities
OCTOBER INN has established itself as one of the most popular hostels in Lijiang since its opening three years ago. You will not find more of an international hostel in China! October Inn is popular with tourists from all over the world and so it creates a perfect environment to meet others and experience a real cultural exchange.

The staff speak English and can assist in booking tickets for excursions, finding your way around the tourist hotspots and in the evenings, cook up delicious local cuisine that rivals any restaurant in town.

Our location is perfect offering a relaxed atmosphere away from the crowded tourist areas, situated at the top of the hill in the old part of town. But don’t worry; we are a 15 minute walk away from the popular Lijiang Old town. In the opposite direction, enjoy stunning views of Lijiang from the peak of Elephant Hill, a 20 minute ascension that will also give you a magnificent view of Jade Snow Mountain, one of the many excursions we can help you book. Descend directly into Black Dragon Pool (for free!) and explore the beautiful nature of this area that is home to many pagodas and temples.

An adventure that shouldn’t be missed is the trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge. One of the amazing hiking destinations that China has to offer, this expedition can be done as a full two day experience, or, if short on time, a one day trip can be arranged. Here at October inn we can book the bus ticket for you that will take you to Qiaotou village where you will start your hike. We can take you on the 10 minute walk to the bus stop to ensure you get on the right bus so there’s nothing to worry about. If you are returning to Lijiang following your hike you can leave your luggage at the hostel in our safe hands. If continuing onto Shangri-La, the bus can take your luggage to the end of the hike and you can continue your travels from there.

Free information is also available on organizing trips to the beautiful, quiet old towns of Shuhe and Baisha. You can choose to bus, bike or trek to both of these locations but for the scenic route we recommend you rent bicycles. Again, we at October Inn can help with the arrangements.

We welcome you to October Inn and look forward to your stay here with us in Lijiang.


*** FREE use of public computer
*** FREE tea for all guests
*** FREE luggage storage
*** FREE lockers in dorms
Breakfast is available every morning served with Yunnan’s finest coffee. In the evenings, enjoy a home cooked meal with all the guests, arguable the most memorable part of your stay here at October Inn. Share travel stories and tips while making new friends with like minded travelers.

At October Inn you can enjoy beautiful sunset views from our rooftop terrace. Enjoy our swinging sofa with a beer from our bar, blankets included! The rooms available are a 4 or 8 dorm room with extra wide, hand crafted beds. Each bed has its own lamp, power socket and curtain for privacy. There are communal hot showers and western toilets available for use.

October Inn also provides private rooms. All private rooms have their own private western bathroom. We have two double rooms available and one twin room with two double beds. All private rooms come equipped with free shampoo, shower gel, towels and slippers. The upstairs private rooms offer views of Elephant Hill and its beautiful natural forests. The Deluxe Private room consists of a large double bed, a large private bathroom and an additional smaller room to relax on your own sofa.


*** Deluxe private room guests are given FREE breakfast (eggs any style, bread, butter and milk)
*** Standard double room guests who stay three nights or more will from the fourth night receive a 20% discount and a FREE bicycle rental.

Prices are per person per night.

Availability & Rates

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bar
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Café
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • Currency Exchange
  • DVDs
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Restaurant
  • Steam Room
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Wheelchair Friendly

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

1. Check in Time: after 12:00
2. Check out Time: before 12:00
3. Cash payment in Chinese RMB only upon check in at the property

Upon early arrival you can store your luggage for free, sit around
the fireplace and enjoy a free cup of tea; you can enjoy all facilities,
including the hot showerThe owner arranges bus tickets to Tiger Leaping Gorge every morning;
you can leave your big luggage at the hostel, while hiking the 2 day tour and
return to Lijiang the following day, or the bus will take your luggage to a
pick-up station at the end of the hike, from where you can go on to Shangri-la
or other destinationsPick-up service from bus station available for 30 RMB (7 seats)Pick-up service from train station available for 40 RMB (7 seats)Pick-up service from airport available for 100 RMB (7 seats)For the pick-up services please email us
your arrival time and train or flight number

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Directions to October Inn

PLEASE NOTE: We highly recommend you to take a taxi to October Inn. After booking, you will received our telephone number via email. When taking a taxi, let the taxi driver call us and we will tell him how to go. The Chinese directions to show the driver is available below. Please ensure the driver takes you all the way up the hill to our hostel, which is located 500 meters after Jīnhóng Zhōngxué 金虹中学 (Jinhong Middle School). Some drivers may drop you off at the main road near the bus stop called Běimén Shìchǎng 北门市场 (North Market). If this situation occurs, follow the directions from the North Market Bus Stop detailed below. The taxi drivers in Lijiang are not trustworthy, they might try to take you to another guesthouse and receive commission. If this situation occurs, please call us!

A REMINDER: If using Google- or Baidu Maps: We are located very close to the North Gate of the Lijiang Old Town. When using these Maps, be aware that they might show you the way to another “October Inn”, as they copied our name. The Chinese name for our hostel is “汤姆家”.

1. From the AIRPORT

***** Go by Shuttle Bus + Taxi

Exit the Airport and get on the shuttle bus waiting for you outside. Get off the bus at the final stop, which is called Lántiān Bīnguǎn 蓝天宾馆 (Lantian Hotel). The price for the shuttle bus is 20 RMB/person. The travel time is around 40 minutes.

From Lantian Hotel take a taxi to October Inn. When you get in the taxi please follow the advice at the top of this page. The price for the taxi to our hostel is around 20 RMB. The travel time is around 15 minutes.

***** Go by Taxi

You can from the Airport go by taxi all the way to October Inn. When you get in the taxi please follow the advice at the top of this page. The price is around 100 RMB. The travel time is around 30 minutes.


2. From the LONG-DISTANCE BUS STATION (Chángtú Qìchē Kèyùn Zhàn 长途汽车客运站)

***** Go by Bus

Take Bus Number 11 and get off at the stop ZhōngyìShìchǎng 忠义市场 (Zhong Yi Market). Cross the road, take Bus Number 2 and get off at the stop Běimén Shìchǎng 北门市场 (North Market). From the North Market stop, follow the directions detailed below. The price is 1 RMB/bus. The travel time is around 30 minutes.

***** Go by Taxi

You can from the Long-distance Bus Station go by taxi all the way to October Inn. When you get in the taxi, please follow the advice at the top of this page. The price is around 20 RMB. The travel time is around 15 minutes.



***** Go by Bus

Take Bus Number 18 and get off at the stop Zhōngyì Shìchǎng 忠义市场 (Zhongyi Market). Cross the road, take Bus Number 2 and get off at the stop Běimén Shìchǎng 北门市场 (North Market). From the North Market stop, follow the directions detailed below. The price is 1 RMB/bus. The travel time is around 60 minutes.

***** Go by Taxi

You can from the Train Station go by taxi all the way to October Inn. When you get in the taxi please follow the advice at the top of this page. The price is around 40 RMB. The travel time is around 20 minutes.


Directions from the Běimén Shìchǎng 北门市场 (North Market) Bus Stop

At this stop, you will see spray-painted markings saying “October Inn” with a red arrow. Follow these markings and walk up the stairs located slightly to the left of the bus stop when you get off. Continue walking all the way up the road for 500 meters and you will eventually see a school on your left. The hostel will be on your right hand side after another 500 meters of walking up the road, with a bright red circular sign saying “October Inn”.


Chinese directions to show to the Taxi Driver



Chinese address for October Inn: Běiménjiē Xuántiānxiàng 69-1, 北门街玄天巷69-1号(金虹学校附近)


If you encounter any difficulty finding our hostel, please contact us!

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