Saturday, August 13, 2011

CHANGNING: Rock & Wood International Youth Hostel


Changning is the westernmost district in that area west of the Huangpu River collectively called Puxi. Pudong, on the other hand, is the easternmost district of Shanghai. The only popular tourist attraction that Changning has is the Shanghai Zoo. You could also count the Shaghai Hongqiao Railway Station from where the bullet trains to Beijing depart. The Hongqiao Airport is also located in this district, just one stop away from the Railway Station by MRT. I was supposed to visit the zoo on my last morning in Shanghai, but the time was spent on sleep instead. Too bad, because they say that there are many pandas there. Well, there’s always the Beijing Zoo.
 


Rock & Wood International Youth Hostel is located in a small dark alley that you’d rather skip if you pass by it on a dark night because there aren’t enough lamp posts and you have that feeling that you won’t reach the other side alive. So I skipped it, and then came back later after tracking the house numbers. The color of the building is some sort of peach or tangerine. It is tall and easily visible from the main road during the day. The place itself is impressive for a hostel. Unlike others that are just single apartments that cram as many rooms that they could in such a small place, Rock & Wood is a better choice for backpackers. The lounge is very much alive until around 12. There the guests chat, dine, or play billiards. There’s also a mini pond and some sort of gazebo with pillows and a cushion. Cool atmosphere.



The showers and toilets are in one area a la Retreat House. There is a laundry area nearby leading out to the emergency exits where you can find a terrace with steps going down to the gazebo mentioned earlier. The room that I got was a four bed mixed dorm. I was assigned the top bunk. They give you a card key along with the key to one of the wooden lockers on the opposite side of the wall. The double bunk beds are high enough for you not to bump your head on anything. There is a small rack near the headboard where you would find a socket and a bedside night lamp. There is a writing table by the lone window of the room, from where sunlight is abundant in the morning that you wouldn’t need to turn on the lights. This is on the third floor, by the way. It’s probably the similar setup on the other floors.

CHANGNING: Rock & Wood International Youth Hostel

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