Best Hostel in Xining, China

The City Nomad Guesthouse is Xining’s newest hostel. It is owned and managed by a local Tibetan man who has worked in tourism for the past 10 years. I highly recommend this great new guesthouse!

Inside the City Nomad Guesthouse in Xining

Best Xining Hostel

Xining is the capital of Qinghai province and is the starting point for exploring the Amdo Region of the Tibetan Plateau. Xining is also the starting point of the Qinghai Tibet Railway that goes to Lhasa. The City Nomad Guesthouse is Xining’s newest and best hostel. It is owned by a local Tibetan man named Tashi, who speaks fluent English and has worked in tourism for the past 10 years. The hostel is located in the south part of Xining’s downtown district near the Tibetan Medicine Hospital. This area is home to many thousands of Tibetans and is a fun place to stay for a few days.

Xining Hostel

The reception desk at City Nomad Guesthouse

Bright and colorful dorm style rooms

The City Nomad Guesthouse has both dorm-style rooms as well as private rooms. It is Xining’s only hostel that is Tibetan-owned and in modern Tibetan design. It offers free WiFi, laundry services, breakfast, bicycle rentals and free travel information for across the Tibetan Plateau. They can also help you to arrange day trips or even multi-day trips to nearby Buddhist Monasteries, Qinghai Lake and to traditional Tibetan towns.

The City Nomad Guesthouse is bright and clean and is located in the south part of downtown Xining. It is located less than 3 kilometers from the train station and main bus station. There are plenty of small supermarkets as well as restaurant choices within a short 2 or 3 minute walk. To book a room at the City Nomad Guesthouse in Xining, please go to their HostelWorld site: City Nomad Guesthouse on HostelWorld

Xining Hostel

The City Nomad is in a modern Tibetan design and is the city’s only Tibetan owned hostel

Private room with a double bed

Xining, elevation 2300 meters/7500 feet, is a great place to spend a couple of nights before exploring the remote regions of the Northern Tibetan Plateau. Xining is one of China’s most diverse cities with large populations of Muslims, Tibetans and ethnic Mongols. It is also a good place to start a train journey to Lhasa from.

For more information about the City Nomad Guesthouse, please go to their Hostel World site or feel free to contact the owner Tashi directly by emailing him at: or call him at (+86) 158.9714.1336. He speaks English, Tibetan and Chinese.

Comfortable Tibetan-style beds

Clean and well-priced dorm beds

5 thoughts on “Best Hostel in Xining, China

  1. Shine

    Hi, I am planning to visit Huangyuan with my fiancé who is an American Citizen. we got to know that Huangyuan is closed for forigners. what permits should we get to visit there? we are planning to get married there while visiting.

    1. Lobsang བློ་བཟང་ Post author

      Hello, the monastery of Kumbum (Ta’er Si) is open to foreign travelers. If you plan to stay longer in Huangyuan, you will need to contact the local police (PSB office) located in the county town.

      Have a good day…Lobsang


    Hello,I am Asato Numata.
    I am a japanese.
    I want to stay on 06AUG.
    One night.
    We are 4 people.

    We want to stay in Basic 6 Bed Mixed Dorm.
    Can I book?

    We will arraive on XiNing Air Port at 22:15.
    Can I check in?