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Tips for saving money traveling in China(including good sugg

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1. Posted by zoeliang (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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As its known for all, most of our travel expense is on the hotel, the food and tour service are really cheap in China.what do

we come here for?-sightseeing and cultural experiences on this new land! why do we have to spend more on hotels
? (please dont think its just an ad for business,actually im just working part time there.im a college student studying in

foreign studies uni. im so into the foreign culture that i know how travellers to another country feel...im sure what i do

would be of at least a little help. plus if you r a student too, i guess ill give you more cool ideas to have fun in

beijing,lol;) so here are the ways:

1. Book a hotel through China's LOCAL hotel network - -snip-

2. Book tour packages directly from China's LOCAL hotel network(like the former one). the prices are cheaper and the designs

of those trips are more to your specific taste. like, you know most people who come to china and go visit the great wall

have been travelled along the same path ,which can be quite boring sometimes...somehow the local network provide you with

some amazing choices for a hike in china that you have never had.

3.Or if you wanna stay in China for a longer time(more than one month)then renting a serviced apartment would be an ideal

choice for you.There is no doubt that its much cheaper than staying in the hotel,whats more,maybe you can get a homecoming

feeling living in a cozy apartment ,where you can also get serviced(breakfast and cleaning stuff; or you may handle it

yourself too-like cooking a tasty pasta to your own style

[ Edit: sorry, no promos / emails please. ]

2. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

I looked at the hostels section on this site yesterday and saw guesthouse from £0.58 a night! I don't think accomodation in china is going to be too expensive lol!

3. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

The best way to save $$ in China is to look like a local. The first time I went back to China as a teenager in the late 80's, I had to pay "foreign" prices. I guess my mini skirts and the purple extensions in my hair didn't make me blend in enough, even though I spoke fluent Chinese. The last time I went back to China a few year ago, the Chinese have finally caught on some fashion sense, so I blended in more. I was with my ex-boyfriend, who was white. I got away with paying "local" prices while he had to pay more, LOL! People kept asking me whether I was his translator, which was strange, because I wouldn't have guessed that translators wore sexy clothing and held hands with their clients.

Of course, if you're not Asian and don't speak Chinese, then this tip is of no use to you.

4. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

hahaha, then i might in trouble, my bf dont speak chinese... guess i hv to whisper by his ear whenever i need to do the translation to get a way paying more?!

5. Posted by zoeliang (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Right you can say that again,and thats once they tried to sell me a skirt at least three times they sell to a chinese,just cuz they though i was korean...But not so anymore right after i gave them back with some beijing slangs i learnt(im from the south of china).

Hey, guys, i was supposed to put up an ad for my company where im working part time here...Anyway those i said before were not just bull**** cuz the cumstomers who were new to china that the company have been served before did not complain yet(ok excuse me, thats a little bull again lol)
Anyways im just a college girl who wants to be independent from my family and share the bills with my bf to gas our scooter and feed our dog...

Actually many of my customers now are his friends back home from the us (of course my foreign friends living in beijing too) forget the f***ing business! i just wanna make a point that maybe i should have some advices for u guys when your coming,or we can just share the doubts,experiences,feelings u got when travelling,right?
hitchhiking to the galaxy /the salmon of doubt****