Basically there are plenty of Local villagers, spare their rooms for hostels. you can find many phone numbers online, or even just walk-in upon arrival. Xi Tang is an old water town which requires "entrance fee" for travellers, but people whom lived there of course can get in and out freely. My hostal offers a trick that lets you entering the town free; they will simply carry your lugguage, give you their rusted bike, give you a cap, make you look like one of the villager and ride the bike from side passages straight ahead into the town.
Yiao is very much a place that was built like... 200 yrs ago? (sorry haven't asked in details), in there you can find very old style Chinese furnitures, the decendants from the ancient family lived there, the wife will ask if you want to stay for dinner. Funny that their daughters are playing internet in the corner of the old old living room. they have 2 levels, ground level with 1 bed, i lived there, cost RMB 80/night, tel: 86-573-456-4734. Hostel owner can't speak English i guess... 2nd Floor cost higher, and often fully booked. the different is... rather you can see the small river from the balcony. basically not necessary.
Toilet is to be shared. Very simple shower, no "seated toilet". It's alright, OK clean. (do not expect too much in a small town like this)
This place is average OK. In Xi Tang, do not expect a luxury place to stay at; what you should look for is just a surrounding atmosphere, eat, hang out with local snacks, drink their wine... and most importantly, take beautiful pictures of the ancient water town in China.
Great place! This is a traditional Ming era courtyard house - very secluded and quiet. The owners, Mr. & Mrs. Shen, says the house is over 400 years old. To get there, you have to walk through a tiny alleyway leading from one of the main covered walkways in town. Although it would hard to find by yourself, Ms. Shen will gladly pick you up at the center of town and lead you there. Once there, you feel like you are living back in time - the Shen family still lives there; kids playing; and at night, there was a neighborhood mahjong game. Highly recommended
Quiet, large room with amenities like a hotel - towels, soap, toothbrushes, TV, air conditioning.
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