2020 National Holiday Dates

The dates below are the dates next year that we will be charging Holiday Rates as listed on our website and Booking.com.  Reservations on these dates will also require a deposit to confirm.  Hope to see you here!


May 1-5   Labor Day

June 25-28   Dragon Boat Festival

September 28-October 10   

Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day

Chengdu-Kangding Expressway

The Chengdu to Kangding expressway is now open to both private cars and public buses!   The new expressway is significantly shorter than the old road, dramatically reducing the old 7+ hour journey into a 4.5 hour smooth ride.  Driving can now sometimes be even faster than flying and significantly cheaper.  See Hiring Private Vehicles or Buses to and from Kangding for more information.

2020 Travel Update

All areas of Ganzi Prefecture seem to be open to foreigners except for Tsedar (Larungar Monastery).  Thankfully, Ganzi Prefecture was not hit hard with the coronavirus, with nearby Daofu being the hardest hit town with 70 cases.  Kangding only had a handful of cases.  Zhilam Hostel is now re-open for business.


Confirmation Letters

If you need a confirmation letter from us to use in applying for a visa, please use the link at the top of this page.  If that doesn’t work, you may send us:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Nationality
  • Passport #
  • Date of arrival at Zhilam Hostel
  • Date of departure from Zhilam Hostel

Thank you.