Prices

How much do things cost in Beijing? Is China a cheap country? How much money do I need to visit Beijing?

Although China is a relatively cheap country, in some cases it isn't as noticeable. Transport and food are quite cheap, but hotels, clothing, electronics and sightseeing are no bargain.

Some examples

Here is a brief list of prices so that you can calculate your necessary budget.

Transport

  • Bus ticket: ¥ 2 (US$ 0.30) (up to 10 kilometres).
  • Subway ticket: ¥ 3 (US$ 0.40) (up to 6 kilometres).
  • Taxi ride: ¥ 13 (US$ 1.90) (3 kilometres)
  • Taxi from the airport to the centre: between ¥ 100 (US$ 14.80) and ¥ 120 (US$ 17.80)

 

Accommodation

  • Double room in an average hotel: from £ 20 (US$ 24.10)/US$ 22
  • Double room in a well located and well-valued hotel: from £ 90 (US$ 108.70)/US$ 110


Food and drink

  • Bottle of water in a supermarket: ¥ 1.20 (US$ 0.20)
  • Refreshment in a supermarket: ¥ 3.80 (US$ 0.60)
  • Water bottle in a tourist place: ¥ 4 (US$ 0.60)
  • Dinner for two in an average restaurant: less than ¥ 100 (US$ 14.80)

 

Tourist visits

 

Shopping

  • Imitation T-shirt at the Silk Market: from ¥ 40 (US$ 5.90)
  • Original branded clothing: more expensive than in Europe