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Zhilam Hostel is currently taking reservations for 2018!

We hope we can make your travels all the more enjoyable, restful, and insightful.  We are looking forward to taking care of you!

目前已经接受 2018年的预定,我们热切期待您的光临,竭诚为您服务。

On this website, you’ll not only find information about Zhilam Hostel (pictures, prices, and booking information), but also links to travel websites, trekking information, cultural insights, and even ways to be involved in our community development projects.  We have staff available 24 hours a day and the manager lives on-site with his family!

 

Notices  通告

April 7th.  Kangding is for sure open to foreign travel.  The only problem is that the Chengdu bus stations don’t realize this and they aren’t selling foreigners tickets. I am working to convince them.  For those of you who are intent on coming, you can try hiring a private car from outside the Kangding Hotel (Kangding Bing Guan) in Chengdu.  A standard price for a seat in a car is RMB 200/passenger.  The irony of it all is that busses are a safer and more legal way of travel, so why not tell the stations that Kangding is open again?!

 

March 31st.  We have had plenty of foreign guests here over the last few days and there has been no problem with registering them.  This leads us to believe Kangding is now officially open again to foreign guests.  Apparently, word has not reached the Chengdu bus stations that foreigners are allowed to be up in Kangding.  For those of you who are intent on coming, you can try hiring a private car from outside the Kangding Hotel (Kangding Bing Guan) in Chengdu.  A standard price for a seat in a car is RMB 200/passenger.  The irony of it all is that busses are a safer and more legal way of travel, so why not tell the stations that Kangding is open again?!

March 28th Update: We have had a small, but steady stream of foreign guests staying with us.  It looks like it is no problem now.  I’ll keep you informed when I hear that people are able to buy bus tickets.

March 25 Update: I have had several guests staying with us  over the last few days.  If you manage to get here, then it seems you are allowed to stay.  Yesterday I drove up from Chengdu to Kangding and experienced no road side checks.  So the key is to get a private car (often available outside the Kangding Hotel in Chengdu) or convince the bus ticket terminal to sell you the ticket.  I will try to contact the relevant authorities to request that they declare Ganzi open again. We’ll keep you updated.

March 21 Update: Last night and the night prior we hosted two foreign guests who had no problem buying bus tickets and getting here.  A local police officer told me that guests should be allowed in in the next few days.  Sorry I can’t guarantee anything for you!

As of today (March 11th, 2018) I regret to mention that foreign guests are encouraged by the local government to avoid coming to Ganzi in March, 2018.  Local police will most likely turn you around and ask you to leave Kangding and the surrounding areas.  This should all clear up by the end of March.  This year,  Tsedar (Larungar monastery) still remains closed to foreign guests.  We will update you here on this site if we are informed of any changes.

If you need a Confirmation Letter from us to use in applying for a visa, please also send us your passport nationality and number.  Thank you.

据我们所知,目前所有地区都已经对国外旅游人士开放.

For an update on our community development projects (关于我们的社区发展项目), see our Facebook page.

 

We charge full price during China’s Holidays:

May Holiday 2018: April 29th-May 1st evening

Dragon Boat Festival 2018: June 16th-June 18th evening

Mid-Autumn Festival 2018: September 22nd-September 24th evening

October Holiday: September 30th-October 6th evening

Info for Chinese Guests  中国游客须知

 

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