Currency

yuán (元; ¥)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ¥300

  • Dorm bed: ¥100
  • A bowl of noodles or fast food: ¥15–40
  • Metro/bus trips: ¥30
  • Free museums

Midrange: ¥400–1000

  • Room in a midrange hotel: ¥300–500
  • Dim sum meal: ¥60–120
  • Taxis between sightseeing stops: ¥30–50 per journey
  • Sights admission: ¥50
  • Two drinks at an upscale bar: ¥150

Top end: More than ¥1000

  • Room in a luxury hotel: ¥600–1400
  • Dinner at a high-end restaurant: ¥200–400
  • Amusement park ticket: ¥200
  • Spa treatment: ¥190

Bargaining

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 Shànghǎi and Běijīng, vendors can drop as low as 25% of the original price.

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