Beijing is the second leg of our adventure. After staying in El Nido, Palawan for 28 days (and a day in Puerto Princesa City), we flew back straight to Manila to spend Holy Week with the family and flew out to Beijing on the night of April 26.
This might be one of the most expensive part of the leg because we only spent four days and three nights in this awesome city and yet paid for tours and entrance tickets everyday to different tourist spots that we wanted to see.
Here’s a summary of how much I spent in Beijing.
|Taxi to Airport from Home (Manila)||290|
|Snacks at the Airport||135|
|Airport Travel Tax||1620|
|Cebu Pacific Ticket MNL-BJS||938|
|Total for Manila Expense||4133||96.27|
|Bus to City Center (Beijing)||16|
|Van from Xidan to Hostel||30|
|Hostel Dorm for 4D/3N (Paid for 4N)||120|
|Food and Drinks||100|
|Summer Palace plus Guide Map||40|
|Beijing City Map||2|
|Train Ticket to Nanning||276|
|Bus to Hanoi||148|
|Total for China Expense||1020||157.07|
The exchange rate at XE.com as of the time of writing is Php42.93 and 6.49 Yuan for $1.
The plane ticket is ridiculously cheap, thanks to Cebu Pacific promotion last New Year. This ticket was booked though almost four months in advance.
There are still a lot of opportunities to save money like sleeping at the airport instead of travelling in the wee hours of the morning. That act alone cost 60 Yuan per person (30 for the Van and 30 for the hostel).
Transportation was never that expensive. We only paid 1 Yuan per person for a bus ride and 2 Yuan per person for subway (regardless of distance).
Food is cheap except if you eat at restaurants. We only ate at snack houses that serves noodles and we bought a lot of food supplies from the supermarket. 4 liters of water cost only 6.6 Yuan per bottle and it saved us a lot of money instead of buying small bottles. I was thinking of having our bottles refilled instead to save more but unfortunately I didn’t see any water refill station.
The price of the tours though are non-negotiable. So we always opted for the cheapest one. for the tourist attractions within the city center, we didn’t book our tour thru our hostel nor any travel agencies but instead did it our own.
Bear in mind that this expense list also include the transportation from Beijing to Hanoi which cost 404 Yuan which constitutes the bulk of the cost. This also accounts the expense in flying out from Manila which already ate up almost $100 of my budget.
Overall I could say that travelling in Beijing is really affordable for budget travellers like me.
“Travelling does not need to be expensive.”