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1. Posted by sodriscoll98448 (Budding Member 23 posts) 2y

Hey guys,

me and my partner recently broke up and iv put my travels on hold for her sooo in thinking no point holding it off anymore. Its something iv always wanted to do and to be honest, the sooner the better. So im thinking TEFL in china. I was wondering about budget. How much do you guys suggest I take with ne to China until I get paid from teaching. Assuming i start pretty much straight away and flights, insurance etc are all paid for. How much would you recommend I take for the initial first few weeks/month. Or for longer, whatever you recommend

cheers guys.

2. Posted by sodriscoll98448 (Budding Member 23 posts) 2y

Any advice welcome pleased :D?

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 2y

China is an enormous country. Costs vary wildly depending on where you're travelling and on your travel style. I assume you speak some Chinese?


4. Posted by sodriscoll98448 (Budding Member 23 posts) 2y

Literally the basics, ill be going to Beijing and pretty much starting teaching straight away for the equiv of approx 800 pounds per month with accommodation/bills all provided. So that's 800 to live off for food and travel etc. How much based on that do u think id initially need when first arriving to live off etc? Thank you.

5. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 768 posts) 2y


If I understand you correctly ...

You will arrive in Beijing & start work almost immediately, have bills & accommodation paid for the month & get 800 Pounds at the end of the month. And you want to know how much you need for that first month? Right?

I would say that you should try to live on the 800 since you will be doing that for the foreseeable, but a google search for 'cost of living in Beijing' threw this up...

Maybe it's of some use.


6. Posted by sodriscoll98448 (Budding Member 23 posts) 2y

Do you guys think that if i don't have to pay for any accommodation/utilities that 800 will be enough to live off and enjoy myself?

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 768 posts) 2y


According to the Website I gave you, Beijing is just over half as expensive as New York, which I expect to be about the same as London.

So - I don't see why 800 Pounds would not be good enough to live off as you will be able to cook your own meals. As for going out. How often do you want to go out? If you are drinking, every night might not be possible. Cutting out booze is always a good ploy if you do not want to spend money. Stick to eating out what Chinese folks eat, instead of drinking & your money will go far. And you will have Chinese people to meet & socialize with, Just that will be entertaining in itself. Exploring just Beijing will take you a while I expect.


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