Hey guys, here is my second Money Guide for China. A while ago I wrote about grocery shopping in China and now it is time to write one about expenses when going on a weekend trip =)
Weekend Trips are fun, two days where you can just get away from everything stressful and work relate. You can get inspired, see new stuff and especially in China try a lot of awesome new food =)
Your expenses will highly depend on how far away you are willing to travel.
One month ago we went to Huangshan which is quite a bit away and it was 300Rmb there and back. This time I just went to Tongli, an adorable little watervillage close to Suzhou and Shanghai and the ticket from Shanghai and back just cost me 69Rmb. You see the difference? But generally speaking travel in China is rather cheap. Buses are generally a bit cheaper and sometimes even faster than the train connections (if it’s not the fast trains-if you like to read more about train travel, click here) but you also can find flights for 400-800 Rmb if you are lucky (with return).
But let’s get away from Travel Expenses, like I said these will vary hugely on where you go. But the rest of your expenses most likely won’t change very much.
Let’s start with the obvious, you’ll need a place to sleep 😉
Hostels and Hotels are usually rather cheap in China, not as cheap as other Asian countries but still cheaper than Europe. For example for a bed in the Dorm expect to pay 35-80 Rmb, depending on how many Hostels there are, how big the city is and how big the dorm room. For my trip I paid 60 Rmb, for a bed in a 6 people dorm and it was the only Hostel in town.
Hotel rooms most commonly start at around 100 Rmb, but sometimes they won’t take in foreigners. But if it is not a Hotel up on some mountain you should be able to get a nice room under 200Rmb. If you like it fancy, you can get a room in the Hilton for about 600-700Rmb 😉
Entry-fees can eat up a big part of your travel budget. Everything in China has an entry fee, especially scenic areas. For a trip to the mountain expect to pay 150-300 Rmb, depending on how famous the location. Tongli hat a 100 Rmb fee to get into the old city, but this included the entry to all the tourist sights and museums. But if you are a student, you are lucky^^ There is mostly always a student discount, where you can get at least 30-50 % of the original price.
You will definitely get hungry at some point and you will definitely pay a tad more inside of the scenic areas. If you are traveling in a group you won’t mind so much, but if you are traveling alone, it might hurt your purse a bit. But then you are on holidays, splurge a bit 😉 Snacks are usually normal priced f.e. one piece of steamed rice cake for 4Rmb, a cooked goose egg for 5Rmb ect. But then let’s be honest compared to how much you would pay in Rome for example these prices are still pretty awesome =)
You want to get some souvenirs? Usually if it is aimed at chinese tourist you will find special offers and prices, so that will save you loads of haggling 😉 I paid 45 Rmb for 3 scarves and a nightkimono, 160 Rmb for 13 professional taken pictures of me in traditional clothes. 50 Rmb for 5 Hair Pieces. Usually other souvenirs are somewhere between 10-40 Rmb. Tiny cute things you can buy to give to friends and family =)
And that is about it, write me if you think I forgot something 😉
…I know this is just one of my Wednesday quickies but I still hope you enjoyed it and please travel in China, there is so much amazing stuff to explore^^