FAQs

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Can we make advanced reservations?

Yes, definitely.  We recommend advanced reservations, but we also are happy to have you come if you don’t have a reservation!  You can book directly through this website, through e-mailing us at manager@zhilamhostel.com, through calling us at +86 (0836) 283-1100 or by booking online through Booking.com.  If you see on Booking.com that we are full, please also check with us as we may not actually be full!

Can we extend our visa in Kangding?

There is a Public Security Bureau in Kangding which is enabled to extend tourist visas so long as you have been properly registered in your previous stays and this is your first renewal of a tourist visa within China.

Can we get permits to Tibet in Kangding?

Never say “no,” but as of now there seems to be no agent able to do this. In fact, we are almost certain one can’t…but let’s hope that changes soon.  The best place to organize your permits is in Chengdu through a travel agent at least 2-3 weeks in advance.  You can organize a TAR trip easily through www.extravagantyak.com.

What is there to do in and around Kangding?

Some of our personal favorite things to do around Kangding have to do with the stunning snow mountains, the pristine nature and how you can quickly access insanely beautiful & vast environments from the hostel: Julian Mountain, Gonga Shan Approach Valley, YaJiaGeng Pass, ZhiDou Pass, Gouda Mountain, Five Colored Lake, PaoMa Mountain, & MuGeCuo Lake

Can we rent a car in Chengdu or Kangding?

Yes, you can rent a car in Chengdu, but you won’t be able to drive it yourself if you don’t have a Chinese driver’s license.  International driver’s licenses are not recognized in China and one has to pass the driver’s exam in order to get a Chinese license.  Therefore, you will need to rent a car with a driver.  There are no car rental agencies in Kangding, but there are plenty of cars and drivers in all towns waiting for you to hire them to take you basically anywhere you want to go.

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