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1. Posted by Welshman (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone can tell me how expensive it is to travel in China?

In the next few months I am leaving with a year long Round the World ticket but I don't arrive in China until the end of the trip. I will be travelling overland from Hong Kong to Beijing for about two months. I have read that it is very expensive to travel along the East Coast and I am worried that it will eat into my non-existent budget. Also are there any English speakers there at all or am I going to have to take a crash course in Mandarin?! Any thoughts?

Any info would be much appreciated.

p.s Has anyone got a rough figure on how much a typical year of backpacker travel would set them back? I will have about £6000 (visiting the US for 1 month, NZ for 2 months, Oz for 5 months with casual work every now and again, SE Asia for 2 months and then China for 2 months). Could I comfortably survive on this budget?

Cheers

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You are right. It is quite expensive to travel in China, although heading out of HK is much cheaper than heading in. If you stick to tourist areas, you'll find some English speakers. For the most part though, the Chinese don't speak English. Because they don't use the same letters, it can be very difficult to do a "crash course" in Chinese.

3. Posted by LittleHobo (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Quoting Welshman

Hello everyone,
I was just wondering if anyone can tell me how expensive it is to travel in China?

Cheers

One step to keeping the costs down in Eastern China,is to stay in Dorm accomodation. If you want to watch your money there,you have to be prepared to go for Dorms. In more remote parts of China (like Xinjiang) the Dorms can be quite grim. But elsewhere in China, i was often astounded at how clean and modern they were. The dorms are either 10 beds, or sometimes a "triple bed" room. Communal showers and toilet usually. Communal Toilets are often hideous in China. Be prepared for that,btw.

So the main cost in China,is accomodation. Food is always cheap. There are always ways to get cheap street food there. As Wocca said, language is the tough part of travelling in China. Not particularly because of the language,but because they dont use Roman Script. When you get lost in a city, you can "really" get lost. China is one of the few countries in the world, where i admit that without a guidebook i would have been totally screwed on some occasions. Some guidebooks such as the Lonely Planet China, have hotels names, maps, etc in Roman and Mandarin script, so you can ask locals by pointing at the script.

It's hard to say about your entire budget for that year,as it's one of the most difficult questions. It all depends on so many factors. And, given that you're spending large amounts of time in places like OZ, it becomes very hard to even suggest what will be enough. You'll find that it depends highly on you and how consistent you are in your expenditure. Plus, you're taking in quite a few western countries there, which i've not been to and cannot give an idea of costs. When it comes to U.S, OZ, and NZ, your budget will take a real hammering if you're not carefull. Because, there will be so many activity attractions that you'll spend your money on "Just this once" (till eternity).