yuán (元; ¥)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ¥200

  • Dorm bed: ¥40–60
  • Food markets, street food: ¥40
  • Bike hire or other transport: ¥20
  • Free museums

Midrange: ¥200–1000

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: ¥200–600
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: ¥80–100
  • Drinks in a bar: ¥60
  • Taxis: ¥60

Top end: More than ¥1000

  • Double room in a top-end hotel: ¥600 and up
  • Lunch and dinner in excellent local or hotel restaurants: ¥300
  • Shopping at top-end stores: ¥300
  • Two tickets to Chinese opera: ¥300


Haggling is standard procedure in markets and shops (outside of department stores and malls) where prices are not clearly marked. There's no harm in coming in really low, but remain polite at all times. In touristy markets in Shanghai and Beijing, vendors can drop to as low as 25% of the original price. It's also a good idea to see what locals are paying at markets, so you know where you stand.


Bank of China Changes travellers cheques and foreign currency, and has an ATM machine. There are others on Minhang Lu and Galan Zhonglu, including this branch.