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Money and costs

Yuan Renminbi (¥)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2019 4:48AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: ¥40–60
  • Food markets, street food: ¥40
  • Bike hire or other transport: ¥20
  • Free museums
  • 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)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: ¥600 and up
  • Lunch and dinner in excellent local or hotel restaurants: ¥300
  • Shopping at top-end shops: ¥300
  • Two tickets to Chinese opera: ¥300

ATMs in big cities and towns. Credit cards less widely used; always carry cash.


  • Restaurants Tipping is never expected at cheap, and many midrange, restaurants. In general there is no need to tip if a service charge has already been added, so check your bill for one.

  • Hotels Porters may expect a tip.

  • Taxis Drivers do not expect tips.