Sally's Cafe and Hostel
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Sally's Cafe and Hostel Kangding Reviews
No frills but very friendly place Jul 01, 2005
I stayed at Sally's Cafe and Hostel after finding its listing inside "Let's Go China" guidebook. Unfortunately, my guidebooks (both Lonely Planet and Let's Go) did not have a map of Kangding so I asked someone to point out how to get to Nanwu Temple which the hostel is located next to. The walk took about 15 minutes.
The hostel is located up a little hill and the owner placed signs around the street to indicate its location. The hostel features shared rooms with Tibetan styled beds (see picture) and blankets. The beds maybe hard by western standards but I thought it was okay. Although I was there in July, nights in Kangding are chilly because of the elevation so the hostel does provide extra blankets upon request.
The hostel has a cafe but I didn't eat there so I can't comment on the food. The owner can also organize daytrips to nearby areas such as the Tagong grasslands and other villages. There's also internet access for a small fee.
Unfortunately this maybe a turn off to some would be visitors but I feel I should mention this. The bathrooms are all shared and when I was there the shared bathroom on my floor was not clean. There is no hot water and the toilets are Asian-style or squat toilets.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I stayed at Sally's as I got to meet other travelers (all Americans) and the owner was very helpful. During my first day there I wasn't feeling well and even had a fever. When I mentioned this to the owner he took me to find a pharmacy and helped me with picking the right medicine.
The hostel charged 20 yuan per bed per night.
[On a side note, I didn't get too many photos of the hostel or the immediate area because the local People's Liberation Army barracks and station is located right next door. And during my stay the soldiers were doing training exercises outdoors and the last thing I wanted to do was arouse their suspicions with my camera.]
Part of the Sichuan 2005 travel blog
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