Money in China

Curious what an average week in China costs me? Here is my day to day price breakdown for the last six days. If you are looking to fund your own affordable vacation, you might want to check out your own low cost holidays discount codes.

Friday Sept 28 – Yichang China

In the morning we departed our three day Yangtze River Cruise and headed to board a train to Xi’an. Our transfer to the airport was included in the cost of our cruise.

  • (Morning spent on Yangtze River Cruise)
  • Lunch of noodles at street stall – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Sprite at the train station – 3.5 RMB ($.56)
  • Third class sleeper train ticket to Xi’an -245 RMB ($38.89)
  • Beer and crackers on train – 35 RMB ($5.60)
  • Dinner – PBJ (Jam pilfered from cruise, peanut butter from home, bread 6RMB split 3 ways) – 2 RMB ($.32)

Day’s total: 295.5 RMB ($47.02)

Saturday Sept 29 – Xi’an China

We arrived in Xi’an, checked in, showered and walked around the city. We also spent time planning our trip to see the Terra Cotta Warriors the next day.

  • Train Pickup – Free included by hostel
  • Breakfast of toast and jam leftover from Shannon- free
  • Lunch of Special Dumpling Buffet split 2 ways -77 RMB ($12.25)
  • Overnight in 8 person dorm at hostel – 30 RMB ($4.77)
  • New bottle of jelly for PBJ, split two ways – 9 RMB ($1.43)
  • Dinner of PBJ – Free
  • Bottle of wine split 3 ways – 4 RMB ($.64)
  • Bottled water – free refill from hostel
  • Plate of fries split 3 ways – 8 RMB ($1.27)

Day’s Total: 128 RMB ($20.36)

Sunday Sept 30 – Xi’an China

Spent the day visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors. This was also the start of the biggest holiday in China. Over 50% of the country’s population travels during the seven day vacation – so everything is packed and prices sky rocket.

  • Breakfast of toast, egg and bacon – 14 RMB ($2.23)
  • Roundtrip Bus to Terra Cotta Warriors – 14 RMB ($2.23)
  • Entrance to Terra Cotta Warriors – 75 RMB ($11.93)
  • Guide Service, split 6 ways – 25 RMB ($3.98)
  • Lunch, street food – 11 RMB ($1.75)
  • Afternoon snack, sprite and chips – 9 RMB ($1.43)
  • Tuk Tuk Ride to Hostel, split 3 ways – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Dinner, noodles at nearby cafe – 6 RMB ($.95)
  • Tuk Tuk Ride to Bar, split 4 ways – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Drinks – 55 RMB ($8.75)
  • Tuk Tuk Ride back to hostel – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Overnight in 8 person dorm – 40 RMB ($6.36)

Day’s Total – 239 RMB ($38.03)

Monday Oct 1 – Xi’an China

Today we took a bike ride around the Xi’an city walls. They are the best preserved in the country and it was a nice way to spend the morning. In the afternoon we went to see the Xi’an bar street, which in my opinion wasn’t nearly as cool as other parts of the city.

  • Breakfast of eggs and toast – 9 RMB ($1.43)
  • Entrance to Xi’an city wall – 20 RMB ($3.18)
  • Bike rental on city wall – 40 RMB ($6.36)
  • Drinks on city wall – 30 RMB ($4.77)
  • Bracelet purchased from street vendor – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Dinner in street side cafe – 35 RMB ($5.57)
  • Sprite on street – 3 RMB ($.48)
  • Drinks, Hookah and Fries – 85 RMB ($13.52)
  • Tuk Tuk Ride Home, split 4 ways – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Overnight in 8 person dorm – 40 RMB ($6.36)

Day’s Total – 282 RMB ($44.87)

Tuesday Oct 2 – Xi’an China

Today we explored Xi’an’s Muslim quarter which is packed with vendors, street food and people. As you can see, most of the day was spent walking and trying out different foods.

  • Breakfast of eggs and toast – 9 RMB ($1.43)
  • Snack on street – 1.5 RMB ($.24)
  • Sprite on street – 3 RMB ($.48)
  • Dumplings from cafe – 6 RMB ($.95)
  • Snack on the street – 2 RMB ($.32)
  • Beer from local cafe – 12 RMB ($1.91)
  • Coffee at hostel – 10 RMB ($1.59)
  • Dinner from street market – 18 RMB ($2.86)
  • Dessert – 3 RMB ($.47)
  • Overnight in 8 person dorm – 40 RMB ($6.36)

Day’s Total -104.5 RMB ($16.63)

Wednesday, Oct 3- Lijiang, China

  • Transport to Airport – 75 RMB ($11.93)
  • Flight from Xi’an to Lijiang – 1,740 RMB ($276.87)
  • Cab to hotel – 40 RMB ($6.36)
  • Lunch – 43 RMB ($6.84)
  • Dinner, at pizza hut- 42 RMB ($6.68)
  • Overnight in hotel -122 RMB ($19.41)
Day’s Total -2062 RMB ($328.11)

Pretty good for five days of travel – After this I might be ready to hit the coast and us an on the beach voucher code.

_________________________________________________________________________________________Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by a Myvouchercodes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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3 Responses to Money in China

  1. Your numbers are really impressive! Try as we might, we have found it really difficult to keep our costs down here in China, which is one of the things we have found disappointing about the country. In particular, we have found the price of transportation and attractions to be far higher than anticipated (even prices in guidebooks published 2 years ago are bout half of what they are now!), so when you factor in the few plan tickets we have had to purchase, we are hovering around $95/day for two people. Somedays it is far less than that, but if you include transport between one city to the next, it really makes China very expensive!

  2. P.S. How great was the muslim snack street? We had some of our favorite food in China thus far there!

  3. memographer says:

    You have finally got to the Warriors, Liz! Yeay!!
    The numbers are impressive! The last time I paid $6 per room was in India 2011. Beer… < $2.00! Nice! China is moving up (slowly) in my bucket list ;)

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