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How Much Would a Trip to China Cost?

Cost of dining in China is really affordable.
Cost of dining in China is really affordable.
 Is traveling cost in China very expensive?

 Answer: No, travel in China is affordable compared with other places in the world. Prices are much cheaper than in most western countries, for everything from meals to train or plane tickets, but the cost is actually increasing year by year.

 How much would a trip to China cost?

 Answer: Sorry, every trip will be different in what it costs. It depends on where you go and the level of comfort you require. Besides, travel in the big cities is usually more expensive than the smaller ones and travel during holiday times is more expensive.  Admission fees to some attractions are often a great part of your expenditure.

 What may be the biggest expense for traveling to China?

 Answer: The round-trip plane tickets may be the biggest expense.

 What about the standard cost for food and accommodation?

 Answer: Delicious food in China is much cheaper, even in superior restaurants, and a budget or luxurious hotel with very clean and well-appointed rooms are also inexpensive. Don't worry about this!

Buy Souvenirs in China
Buy Souvenirs in China
Transportation in China is cheap and convenient.
Transport in China is cheap and convenient.
 What is the transportation cost in China?

 Answer: Public transportation costs are reasonable in China and easily affordable. No doubt buses are the most economical public vehicle. However, traveling by metro, taxi or hiring a private driver can make your visit more comfortable and more efficient.

 What about the souvenirs in China, are they expensive?

 Answer: No, the souvenirs are cheap, but it requires you to be skillful in haggling.

 Do taxis in China cost a lot?

 Answer: Trains and buses are more reasonable while taxis are relatively high. Taxi fares in different cities are quite different.

The table below is a taxi fare list of 32 major cites at daytime in 2012 (excludes fuel surcharge):   


Flag-Down Rate (CNY) Price per km
City Flag-Down Rate (CNY) Price per km
Beijing 13 2.3 Lhasa



Chongqing 10 2 Macau MOP 15 MOP 1.5
(per 230 m)
Shanghai 14 2.4 Nanchang 6 2
Tianjin 8 1.7 Nanjing 9 2.9


1.9 Nanning 9 2
Changsha 6 1.8 Shenyang 8 1.9
Fuzhou 12 2 Shenzhen 10 2.4
Guangzhou 10 2.6 Shijiazhuang 8 1.6
Guilin 7 1.6 Taibei NT$ 70 NT$ 5
(per 300 m)
Guiyang 8 1.6 Taiyuan 8 1.6
Harbin 8 1.9 Urumqi 10 1.3
Hefei 8 1.3 Wuhan 8 1.4
Hong Kong HK$ 22 HK$ 1.6
(per 200 m)
Xian 6 1.5
Jinan 8 1.5 Xining 6 1.3
Kunming 8 1.8 Yinchuan 7 1.4
Lanzhou 7 1.4 Zhengzhou 8 1.5

 Note: It is suggested that you bring 150% or 200% of your budget, especially if you to shop – and China is the place where your money goes far – or require a higher standard of travel arrangements. Of course it will still be an enjoyable trip, even if you travel under a limited budget, keeping your average down as much as possible.

 More about Money and Cost in China:
 Chinese Currency & Money Exchange
 Bank Account, Credit Card & Traveler's Cheque