My budget for China

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1. Posted by Wills (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I was hoping I could get some advice from people who have travelled around China, as I'm going in the summer for the first time with my girlfriend.

I am planning to buget GBP £150 per person per week (excluding international flights). Do you think this would be enough to cover for everything including accomodation, food, sleeping, seeing the sites and travelling around the country etc.?

I would be travelling to Beijing, before meandering my south to Hong Kong, whilst visiting most of the major cities along the way.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by chimmyqin (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think the money is enough.

3. Posted by focustour (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Normally tour including 5 aspect: food, accomdation, transportation, entrance ticket and shopping.
for the food in China:
B+L+D/day normally spend 5or6 pounds/person, unless you eat hamburge every day
for the transportation:
That is not very cheap. example for Beijing, you hard to by bus to everywhere without known the Chinese character. and for the wall, there is long way from the city, normally need rent a car or join the tour.
public transportation or taxi average spend 5pounds
For accommdation
You could find 10 pounds' hostel room in the city.
For entrance ticket
average price for each scenic spot is 4pounds
Normally spend 8 pounds per day for entrance
No shopping

You mean 150/week, that is means 21pounds per day

Base on no shopping, no long distance transportation(like air or train), you could do it in your budget;)

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Wills

You could just about do it, but you're going to be scraping along the bottom end of the budgetary possibilities. If you're spending your time in the big cities, which are more expensive, it won't go too far. If you spent some time being a bit more rural you could make it stretch a bit further.

5. Posted by lorenz (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi I have just returned from 6 weeks in china. I traveled with my husband and two children. We used hostels and Motels all the way. They ranged in price from 15rmb to 40rmb per/night per person for hostel with shared facilitys to a motel for two 100rmb up . If you choose motels you have to barter and sometimes go to walk away, they call you back and almost every time you will get the room at your price. We did not know any chinese ,we did have a english mandarin phrase book. This was our life line We could usually get what or where we wanted to go across. The children had many book conversations with all types of chinese people. The people are friendly and most are willing to help. We did not have any accom booked apart from the first nights in Beijing. We Used public transport all the time it cost 1 or 2 rmb depending where your were going. The staff at the hostels would tell us what number bus to take and it was very easy getting around in the cities. Buses do take longer and are also crowded. Attractions usually start at 80 rmb and go up to 150rmb.The major attractions are more. Food prices start at around 2rmb for rice 5- 10 noodles and dishes with meats and veg 25rmb up. Water 1Lt 3-5 rmb beer 5 -10rmb , softdrink 5 -10rmb. Sleeper trains hard sleeper with commission depending where you go started from 150rmb.. and good luck if you can get soft sleeper we never managed it. hope this will help you with your budget.

6. Posted by opospa (Respected Member 1837 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting chimmyqin

I think the money is enough.

It is more than enough i suppose. Pounds!!!! :)