Cost of Travelling China
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 9:10 AM Last Post By: jiejie
Nov 4, 2012 3:44 PM
Cost of Travelling ChinaHi All,
Just booked in 3 months leave from work in April, and I will be spending it in Asia. Can anyone give me an idea of general costs in China, what sort of day to day budget I should prepare for, wanting to travel comfortably.
is it Cheaper or more expensive then Thailand/Vietnam?
Any tips or hints would be appreciated, as the planning has only just begun!
Thank you kindly,
Nov 4, 2012 4:19 PM
Nov 4, 2012 7:01 PM
Nov 4, 2012 7:33 PM
3I dont know about Vietnam, but I think Thailand around the same if not cheaper than China but that depends where you go in the two countries.
Transport: for buses, 2 yuan(less than 50cents USD) and you can get off whichever stop you want, just pay the 2yuan when hopping on the bus. That for certain in southern china (besides Hong Kong) but in other parts, I don't recall (was only there very briefly 4years ago) but I'm sure it shouldn't vary too much. Trains, depending on what stop it should be around 2-10yuan. Taxi's (not recommended. I got ripped off) about 10yuan starting fee(depending which city).
Food: very cheap for the street food, under 10yuan. convenient stores sell chips around 5-10yuan. For restaurants expect about 20-40dollars for mains.
Accommodation: I think it's kind of international standards for all hotels and hostels. Theres accommodation for all price range.
China very cheap, especially if you are from Europe or America, or Australia.
Edited by: KenTravelAlone
Nov 4, 2012 9:03 PM
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Nov 4, 2012 11:14 PM
Nov 4, 2012 11:33 PM
8Entry Price Rant has a long list of the high charges.
Nov 4, 2012 11:50 PM
Nov 5, 2012 6:42 AM
Nov 5, 2012 6:59 AM
11And the entry fees have rocketed up in the last 2 years.
All across the board though, China is more expensive than Thailand or anywhere in Indochina, when you measure apples-to-apples on accommodation, food, transport, etc. The key phrase in the OP's post is "wanting to travel comfortably." I'm comfortable on trains and buses, with an occasional convenience flight tossed into the mix, and stay in small independent hotels which is a middle-class way to do things, and on a trip duration of 2 weeks+, I usually end up spending an average of US 60-70 per day once the transport and entry fees to various sites are figured in. Plenty of others on this forum can do it for less, but they stay in hostel dorms, eat cheaper food, no flights, and forego some of the more expensive sights. And plenty of others spend a lot more. The biggest determinants of your trip will be 1) Accommodation choice, and 2) Intercity Transport choice. To a great extent, #2 is dictated by the specific itinerary and time frame you have. The more you move in China, over long distances, and on a tight time frame....the more you'll have to spend.
Nov 12, 2012 9:01 PM
12i think entrance fees around attractions in Beijing are not so expensive, i remember paying RMB40 for the Forbidden City last year, off peak. Peak season will be RMB60. Another royal park Jinshan, which is just behind the Forbidden city only cost RMB2 and you get to see the magnificent bird view of the entire imperial Palace.
Those national park such as Mountains in Sichuan etc will be very expensive. Entrance fees to places like Mount Emei in Sichuan is as high as RMB150. I still keep the tickets.
Nov 13, 2012 9:17 AM
40RMB entry to the Forbidden City???
OK. I'm going to suggest that...
A) You are Chinese (Actually, I KNOW you are from the way that you write English).
B) That 40RMB was the price you paid AFTER the 50% student discount was taken off which isn't likely to apply to people coming to China as tourists (Actually, it doesn't apply to people coming to China as students either).
Nov 13, 2012 11:28 AM
14Did you check your facts before criticizing that poster? It's not hard to do.
The regular price for admission to the palace is indeed 40RMB off season and 60RMB the rest of the year. Further, that poster is spot on correct that admission to the main sights in Beijing remains very reasonable by comparison with the rest of the country.
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