Accommodations are listed for the 28 destinations in this guidebook. They also appear on the maps (along with the restaurants and attractions) in both Chinese (below left) and English (below middle). Chengdu and Xi'an are the only two cities in the guidebook frequented by Western tourists and there you can stay in hotels of all price ranges from luxury to those with $5 dorm rooms. Once outside of these two cities, you will be paying Chinese prices and can rent a very nice double room with Western bath for $12 to $20 (right top). Nice doubles with a bathroom down the hall (with squat toilets and not always with showers or sinks) are available for under $5 (right middle). Always check out the newest places first, as they often will charge the same prices as the older establishments even though they are much nicer. In some of the small towns on the two- and three-day hikes, the only sleeping accommodations will be in the older places which have outhouses and beds with straw mattresses that go for $1.25 a night (below right). Your room might smell moldy, have cobwebs hanging in the corners, and only a 15-watt light bulb dangling from the ceiling, but it will be perfectly safe. You can wash up using the basin and thermos of boiled water provided. There is also the option of sleeping in a Chinese farmhouse (right bottom) on three of the hikes which I recommend highly on a one-time basis. The farmouses listed are all quite comfortable and the families very friendly. In addition to the destination listings, there is a 15-page section on registration proceedures, safety, and finding lodgings on your own. English will be spoken only in Chengdu and Xi'an, but the hotel staff in all the listed lodgings can read, and the hotel registration section of the Chinese phrases will help you get through the registration process.
Hotels A. Linyuan Hotel, Línyuán Bīnguăn B. JMG Shuaifu Hotel Jiànménguān Shuàifŭ Dàjĭulóu C. Jianmen Hotel, Jiànmén Bīnguăn