Travel budget in China

China: calculate your travel budget

China: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in China for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 44 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 879* (5096 Ұ)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 71 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1819* (10556 Ұ)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 107 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 2950* (17122 Ұ)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).



Cost of living in China in 2022

Cost of living: China VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in China in 2022 is 38% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in China by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in China compared to the national average.

Cities /China View Details
Hong Kong 95% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hong Kong
Guangzhou (Canton) 74% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guangzhou (Canton)
Macao 70% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Macao
Beijing 31% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Beijing
Nantong 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nantong
Shanghai 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Shanghai
Shenzhen 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Shenzhen
Hangzhou 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hangzhou
Xiamen 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Xiamen
Chengdu 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chengdu
Wuhan 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Wuhan
Xi'an 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Xi'an

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Local prices in China by expense type

China: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in China costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.9/person
($ 2.6 to $ 8.6)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 20
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 18/person
($ 10.4 to $ 35)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 5.1 to $ 7.8)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 3.5)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.6)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.5/cup
($ 2 to $ 6.9)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

China: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in China costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 51/night
($ 38 to $ 72)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 121
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 58/night
($ 34 to $ 120)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 139
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 48 to $ 169)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 199
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 130/night
($ 81 to $ 234)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 291
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 226/night
($ 139 to $ 383)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 602
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 53/month
($ 42 to $ 67)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 146/month
($ 93 to $ 239)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 162/month
($ 95 to $ 298)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 81/month
($ 51 to $ 132)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 243
Family room
Family room
$ 302/month
($ 150 to $ 580)

66% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 182

China: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in China costs 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.4/litre
($ 1.8 to $ 3.5)

113% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 2.2/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 4.9)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 4.2)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 8.6)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.8)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.8
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.6)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3

China: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in China costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.6)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 35/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 147)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

China: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in China costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 8.4/ticket
($ 6.1 to $ 14)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
Tennis
Tennis
$ 18/hr
($ 8.6 to $ 39)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 22

China: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in China costs 14% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.3/pack
($ 3.5 to $ 5.9)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 71
($ 27 to $ 139)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 57
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 42
($ 18 to $ 70)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45

Plane ticket budget

London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
$ 651
(fair price: $ 551)
London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
$ 1869
(fair price: $ 1309)
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
$ 1579
(fair price: $ 1035)
Los Angeles → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
$ 984
(fair price: $ 722)
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
$ 879
(fair price: $ 655)
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
$ 1125
(fair price: $ 862)
London → Lhasa
London → Lhasa
London → Lhasa
$ 1461
(fair price: $ 1121)


About the information on the cost of living in China

The information about the cost of living in China shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in China updated on 25-09-2022.

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