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Sleeping Dragon Hostel. 上海歇龙国际青年旅社 (Address: 舟山路394#,虹口区,上海。)+65351562. A youth hostel in the Hongkou District. This hostel is in a great central location in Shanghai with great charm. The rooms and showers are very clean. There is a street market just outside of the hostel. The hostel is in a traditional Chinese area of Shanghai with a Jewish history from the early 20th century. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and English is no problem here. Services provided include travel planning, plane and train ticket booking, no curfew, laundry, reasonably priced drinks, books and DVDs for borrow, international calls from the front desk, free internet, CD/CVD burning, all with free breakfast and and additional menu for other food. Dorms are about 55 RMB per night (8 USD) and private rooms range from 75-180 RMB. Near Metro Station line 4 at Lingpin Rd. station with easy access to major sights in Shanghai. See the website, call or email for more details. email: sleepingdragon.yh@gmail.com

Le Tour Shanghai. 上海乐途白兰国际青年旅舍 (Adress: 普陀区白兰路136号,凯旋北路口)A youth hostel in the Putuo District. While it is not in the most beautiful section of Shanghai, the place is clean, the people are friendly, the Metro is close, and there is a supermarket right across the corner from the hostel. Dorms usually run about the 8-11 USD/night range. Between Caoyang Rd. and JinShaJiang Rd. Metro Stations (lines 3 and 4). See map on the site for specifics. +86-21-52510808. They also newly built another hostel near Jing'an Temple, a very downtown area of Shanghai, Le Tour Traveler's Rest Youth Hostel.The Lonely Planet independent author Damian Harper comment like this:" One of Shànghai's most pleasant youth hostels, the Le Tour has buckets of charm and a highly attractive location along an old lilòng lane. If you want a hostel with colour and space and a tranquil hideout for a few days, this could be it..." (上海乐途静安国际青年旅舍)+86-21-62671912. (Adress:静安区胶州路319弄,近武定路)

Blue Mountain Youth Hostel. 上海蓝山国际青年旅舍. A youth hostel in the Luwan District. It has a good location just opposite the Luban Rd station on line 4. On the street just outside you will find several restaurants, small supermarkets, fruitshops etc. The staff are helpful and speak good English. Prices: drm 8/4-6 persons 40/50 RMB Dubbel/trippel with bath 160/220 RMB (for updated prices go to webpage). Address: 2F, Building #1, 1072 Nong, QuXi Road, Shanghai Tel: +86-21-63043938 Fax: +86-21-63043938 地址: 上海市卢湾区瞿溪路1072弄1号甲二楼 邮编:200023 电话:021-63043938.

Jinjiang Inn. 锦江之星 Aimed squarely at the businessperson on a budget, the undoubted advantage of this admittedly bland Jinjiang Inn branch is the fabulous location. Sights lie at all four points of the compass, as it's in walking distance of the Old Town, the Bund, People's Square, East Nanjing Rd and the French Concession. Facilities in the hotel are meagre and the cheapest rooms are purely functional with water heater/cooler but no wardrobe. Typical of the Chinese-managed budget market, staff can seem awkward with foreign guests, and the usual paltry English is at hand to sow confusion, but otherwise cost-conscious travellers should have little reason to grumble. Address: No.33 Fujian Rd.(S) Tel: 021-63260505 Reservation Hotline: 400-820-9999. Online Reservation: www.jinjianginns.com

Motel 168. 莫泰168. Large budget chain within China. Twelve locations throughout Shanghai. Very simple, small, and sparsely furnished, but you can get private double rooms from 168 RMB. These properties are fairly new, and thus clean. You can book rooms in advance online. Family style rooms are also available in some properties, and they feature bunk beds, which may be useful if you're traveling in a group. Many properties feature their MerryLin restaurant/cafe, which offers decent fare at reasonable prices. This chain is fairly popular with domestic travelers within China. Knowledge of Chinese is recommended as the staff are not always well-equipped to communicate in English. Tel: (Toll-free) 4008207168

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