China travel tips

China travel tips

Travelling China can be easy and tricky depending where you go. The gap between rich and poor is extreme and costs do vary greatly between places; especially the large cities and rural countryside. China is one of the most unique places in the world and it’s a shame it still hasn’t come onto the backpacking radar. Maybe that’s exactly what makes it unique. It’s untouched from the Western world but still reachable.

Average Costs

  • Accommodation: Prices vary greatly, however, expect to pay around £3 in the smaller villages and £6/£7 in the larger cities for a dorm bed in a hostel.
  • Food: Water costs around 10p wherever you are in China for a 500ml bottle. Food prices range from between 10p to £20 depending on what you eat and where. Street food is cheap, but the touristy restaurants in the centre of Beijing are definitely not. Budget approximately £3 per meal which is a generous amount.
  • Travel: Trains are cheap for the distance you travel. Average travel cost is around £25, however, expect to pay more for long distances or when taking the bullet train which costs around £50. Flights usually work out at around £100 for a one-way trip. Taxi fares can be cheap and start at around £1. However, be aware of meter rigging.
  • Attractions: Usually cost between £5 to £15 depending on what you are going to see and do.
  • Budget: Around £30 a day (2013) for backpacking.

Top Places to Visit

  • Beijing: Beijing is packed with things to do and one can easily spend a couple of weeks here. Visit the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and eat some traditional Beijing duck
  • Chengdu: A city with a life of its own. The first time you come here you will be blown away by how modern and beautiful the place is. The people are friendly and it’s a great place to base yourself and do day trips to e.g. the Panda Reserve and Giant Buddha.
  • Yangshuo: The most beautiful place in the world.

Extra Tips

  • Bring flip-flops in the summer! You will be surprised how much you use them.
  • Bring a little bit of extra money for shopping. People always budget just enough to travel and then forget about a little indulgence.
  • Leave rest days. Its the best feeling in the world to not have to do anything and just take a day easy. You will enjoy your trip so much more
  • Don’t be scared to try new things! You may surprise yourself and find things delicious which you would normally not eat.
  • Have more than 1 source of money.
  • Try to learn some Mandarin and say Hello and Thank-you to the locals
  • Keep a note of these China travel tips!

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