I am thinking of going to China this Jan. through April. What is the weather like during that time is it a good time to go. I know it is a huge country so how is the transportation especially if the weather is not so good? Also is it a budget backpackers place. I spent time in SE asia and I know that is cheap but China seems to be a little more, I don't really know.
Very convenient either by bus, train, or air. Since you have enough time and limited budget, I`d recommend train. Now we have "D"titled express trains running between some capital cities which are fast and comfortable enough(a bit like EuroStar).
As for the weather, it can be horribly cold in the north from Jan. to early Mar. But it`s comparatively mild in the east and the south(warm). April is also a pleasant time here in Shanghai.
I guess most of your money will be spent on transportation and accommodation. But it`s true that we are enduring an inflation now, and everything`s rising except for my salary.
Examples for your reference(estimated cost):
Train-Sleeper(hard bed)-Shanghai to Beijing: USD46
Flight-SH to BJ: USD125
One drink in a Shanghai bar: USD7-10; entrance fee for weekends: USD10-12
One bowl of beef noodle in a snack bar: USD1.5-2
good info from zhou above. i spent almost 3 months in china last year and found it to be pretty cheap to travel around. hostel prices vary from town to town but ave price is prob around US$4 per night. food is cheap on street stalls and good value in restaurants. good meal in restaurant with beer would cost $3-5 ave. some amazing places to visit. beijing is awesome, xian, chengdu and shanghai are great. it can be worthwile getting off the beaten track. i visited zhonghdian and yading (dongcheng) in the west which had amazing scenery and few tourists. be prepared to barter very hard for all items. train and public buses are non-negotiable though. check out my gallery on this site for some ideas. have a great trip, pete