China is an incredible, vast country to explore. With gorgeous scenery, an amazing unique culture and so much to see and explore, having a tight budget to stick to shouldn’t put you off heading there on your travels. Here’s some top tips for exploring China on a budget to make sure you don’t have to miss out of any of the best bits:
If you’re wanting to travel around China independently, taking the train is your best mode of transport. Although flying is much quicker, the train network is very reliable and can be up to 75% cheaper than the price of a plane ticket. If you can book on a sleeper train even better as you’ll be getting a bed for the night and transport in one helping you to save even more on accommodation fees. Although it’s not the most luxury way to travel it will ensure you get to see as much of the country as possible and on the trains, there’s plenty of opportunity to meet new friends or bond with the local people.
Stay in Hostels
Hotels in China can be really expensive and if you’re going to be out exploring most of the time, it’s unlikely that you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors. A good way to save money on your accommodation is by staying in hostels, you’ll find some great ones available, many with the option to stay in a private room. Try Hostelworld.com before you book anywhere as you’ll be able to compare prices and read reviews.
Consider Teaching English
If you want to earn a decent salary and get your accommodation paid for whilst in China, teaching English out there is a great way to make huge savings. Consider taking a TEFL course before you go then you’ll have plenty of options to get a job once you’re out there. With many providing great accommodation and a decent salary, on your days off you’ll be able to do all the exploring you desire.
Book a Package Trip
If you don’t fancy working whilst you’re away, a great way to explore the highlights of China on a budget is with a company like Encounters Travel who organise amazing tours to all the most famous sights including the Great Wall, Xi an’s Terracotta Army, Hong Kong and Beijing.
With so many different options to explore the beauty of China on a budget, there’s ways for everyone to enjoy this gorgeous country no matter how much you have to spend.