Before go to “Celestial” I heard something about Cheap China: cheap goods, cheap clothing and equipment. After several months of living in China, can say, that not everything in China is cheap, and now write, as here the situation with housing, what kind of prices on food and travel.
- Accommodation in China
- Rent an apartment
- Meat and fish
- The rest
- Mobile telephony
- Public transport
All of your budget, their requests, This layout will help at least some level of cost estimate during their stay in China. You can go directly to the interest rates.
Accommodation in China
Rent an apartment
So, start with accommodation: apartment provides us with an employer, so much to say about the price it can not rent. But at this flat we need pay for heating, for 4 cold months. At our huge two bedroom apartments turns 384 yuan per month, in the summer it will not have to pay. The second item of expenditure can be considered electricity, to 100 yuan you can buy 192 Four-wheelers / hour, suffice it to us more than a month, and may be missed, and for a lesser period, if you include the stove or permanent air conditioning use, in 200 probably You can meet. Next comes the Internet — 72 yuan for an apartment for the slow 256 kbit / s, and all sorts of cleaning the stairs and probably repaired, More 64 yuan. Gas prices higher than at home, cubic meter costs 2,4 yuan and 20 cubes lasts for quite a long time (promise, that soon gas will cost 3,6 yuan, but generally prices will not soar). In this way, in the cold winter months, we need the maximum pay 620-720 RMB for utilities, in the warmer months 236-336 yuan for the whole communal. При этом, we do not have to solve any issues with the landlord, and we do not have to look for all the little pitfalls in the contract for a two-room apartment, where you can ride a bike.
According to the information from your friends, who have lived or live here already, can say, that housing prices in China vary. For example, gorod Baodin: our Chinese friend takes one-bedroom apartment in a new building with air conditioning and facilities for 10000 yuan per year (50000 rub.), it is not the center of the city, but the machine itself is a small town. And to buy an apartment in the adjacent house, about 80 squares, should be given to the order already 500000 yuan.
According to other sources, Apartment in Beijing, maybe it's worth 4000 yuan per month, well, with respect to Hong Kong or Moscow prices, Chinese metropolitan housing is not such a sky-high. Closer to the outskirts you can find prices and lower articulated. In the center of Wuhan can be removed 90 square meters in just 2500-3000 yuan, and the apartment 80 squares is not in the central regions will be worth it already 1000-1800 yuan per month rent.
Not all Chinese hotels may receive foreigners, this harsh truth, we encountered a couple of occasions for all our stay in China. Case in Beijing, when after midnight near Udaokou we were sent out a couple of places with cheap rooms (and pay 400-500 yuan per room 4 the stars, we then could not), and in a couple of places there was no free rooms, we finally stumbled upon Two-Star Hotels, where there were rooms for 220 yuan. This of course, two zvezdы, Bathroom and shower with toilet joinable, we did not expect much. Right on the western train station hanging signs, that can be removed double near the railway station in just 130 yuan, need not yet been, but also information, allowed if there aliens, we did not have. A, eg, Evgenu our, pomazhorit loves and for the hotel in the center of Shanghai paid 340 yuan, but for a small room next to the metro Dengshikou (Hotel within walking distance from Wangfujing) в Пекине, he gave 260 yuan.
When we were in the process of getting our working residence permit, в Баодине, School Celine us Parush diff in Othello, where we work. Four Stars, a spacious room on the seventh floor and Breakfast enabled – 600 yuan. China such a big, generally, You can find an available room in, but let me remind you one trick, if you are in a situation, that good, difficult to find a cheap hotel - go to the bath. In the truest sense. We've written in more detail all the benefits of the Chinese baths.
Usually we cook at home, Still there is a huge saving, if you want the usual food. Gas is usually consumed more slowly, than electricity, so another layfhak: we no longer sticks out at the stove with a frying pan and ladle, rather than pour water into the kettle and throws in a little sandwiches elektropechku. So, start with drinks, tea selection here is huge, need to write a separate article, when we learn to understand the nuances. Packaging of black tea worth in the supermarket 9,9 yuan, with coffee and then the real trouble. When we arrived and saw the store shelves, clogged soluble rubbish, they thought, that the Chinese drink instant til (such powder cement color) instead of coffee. Large pack costs 16 yuan, but we were able to overpower the only one and I would not say, that many Chinese people drink this drink. Coffee is also possible to control the, Then we bought a package (450 грамм) imported, for Brazilian 80 yuan. There are cheaper options and, in Wuhan, we took coffee (350 грамм), imported from France for 50 yuan. In Peking I allocate bank 35, but does not know, that it was for coffee, at the time reserves were full. Чай, Yet, remains the most popular drink in the population.
To purchase the product at hand three huge supermarket, sometimes you can take some of the products in a street market, but in contrast to, from the same Ukraine, in such markets do not always work out cheaper (can we just do not know how to bargain everywhere). Mainly, we prepare simple meals, This helps us rice, is very pleased with us and accelerates the cooking process.
While rice is heated: there are packages of five pounds – 30 yuan (If you take in bulk, it is worth it usually 2,49 yuanya for polkilo), we cook vegetable and mushroom filling. Approximate price per pound: onion – 2,78 yuan; pepper – 4,98 yuan; cherry tomatoes – 3,98 they, that pink sweeter – 6,99 yuan; common tomatoes – 1,99; zucchini – 3,28; cabbage – 2,68 yuan; Chinese cabbage happened and 0,19 yuan, average 0,5-0,9; carrot – 1,28 yuan; Different mushrooms sell, Cheapest oyster on 3,50 were; other mushrooms – 3,99; mushrooms 5-6 yuan, long, thick mushrooms (also do not know the name) – usually 6 yuan.
Meat and fish
Many dishes are prepared from potatoes, in Russia will still be cheaper, here on 2 yuanya for polkilo, takes one, but it is quite scary. Large selection of all greenery from the arrows of garlic to the tops, we do not know what to call it from 1,50 to 6,50 yuan. As you can see in the gallery below, chicken breast worth, eg, 10,80 and navels on 15,80, about the same cost minced. Fish products much cheaper, for 4 yuanya / polkilo, we can take, for 8-10 the big fish, few bones. The most expensive fish are ~ 27 yuan, Aquarium usual fresh, crabs and even toads sell. We are not so far that foodies. There are frozen foods, You can make yourself at home hot pot, than what we do sometimes, a pound of such products (fish, tofu, “meat”) – 12,9 yuaney for polkilo.
Go Category fruit bezumyyu, mangoes are expensive, than in southern countries, but still cheaper, than in Russia – 9,99 per pound of large mango and 6,99 by smiles. Very tasty papaya, after rasprodazham Bralo for 2,58, Now go pineapple season and they are sold on every street corner, approximately 1,88, fully weigh, then it can be cleaned and. Autumn and winter long you can always take the mandarins, for 1,7 yuan. Bananas usually go for 2-3 yuan, depended on qualities. Pears – 1,78, Apples – 4,38, Oranges (available all winter) – 3,99. Generally, without vitamins difficult to stay even throughout the winter.
In the dairy department lot of preservatives and I do not know, they put there, but even in the refrigerator does not keep its, You can take a huge package for 26 – 30 yuan, it is 26 packages 120 milliliters (depends on Producer, rates reach up to 50-60 yuan), liquid yogurts, we also constantly take – 1,50 for 160 ml upakovochku. A paragraph c sыrami, oil, curd, sour cream then big problems. None of all that diversity, that so pleases in our dairy departments. Sometimes you have to take the imported cheese (Cheddar) for mad money 250 grams per 40 yuan, were Yabaolu, take something like the Russian cheese, for 15 yuan a small piece. Generally, who can advise good shops in Beijing, it is desirable to link to the map, Let's get straight to the comments. I thought, the next time in, being at home, take in the shop once a kilogram of cheese or two kilos of different, Russian and some massdama – also goes. It will melt in the microwave and put on a thick piece of Russian, and then vice versa. Generally, otorvёmsya.
Eggs are sold by weight here, and the cheapest supermarket shelves are 4,89 yuan. To add to our meal any condiments, по 2-5 yuan for Paketik zapravok, peppers and other. Soy sauce – beautiful attribute of any of our dishes – we take a liter bottle 10-15 yuan. Pasta is also possible to take vrazves, по 2-3 yuanya for polkilo Svezhin, chopped noodle. One of the most inviting departments Baking (not BREAD, because the normal black bread is not here) or can it even be called baking, there simply stunned pastries for tea, keksiki after 5,99 yuaney / polkilo; biscuits on 7,99; baskets on 2 RMB per piece. Generally, many yummy, too simple loaf stuffed sugar, we take only unsweetened version – white bread for 3,76 yuan. On the way to the exit waiting for many more temptations, Chinese have reached a high level in the food packaging and shelves piled with dried meat, all sorts of berries, semechkami, nuts, čipsami, candy, which can be stored for long periods. But these divisions, we try to avoid. By the way, deshёvыy chocolate kytaytsev, too horrible stuff, how to take a good, if there is no decent cocoa. Illustration ordinary Chinese supermarket below:
As they say: Chinese eat everything that runs, flying and crawling, so we will not describe all the branches and a variety of Chinese dishes, just describe a little bit of personal experience. Szechuan cafe, next to our house in Baoding offers sharp, hot meals for 25-30 yuan; plate acute tofu (just like in St. Petersburg) it is worth 10 yuan; we usually order Figure, to snack savory 2 yuan per bowl. Total, there just is not much naeshsya, pair a three dishes and rice for two cost us 50-60 yuan.
The cafe next door to our school is full sets choice of 13,5 yuan Well burger, meatballs and gruel, to 19 yuan for noodle soup with green and burger with meatballs. For 18 yuan You can get a dish of rice with meat, plus salad. Snack there average goes to 30 yuan.
In one the cheapest cafes, where we ate in Baoding, You can take a big plate of pasta with the sauce and eggs for 7 yuan, a large bowl of soup for 6 yuan. Gradually, the prices are rising and one of the favorite dishes, which we take on Tap – Bao tszy (burgers), stands now 6 yuan, against last year's five for 10 stuff. Usually, we have enough on portions each for a light breakfast with kofiem.
With coffee trouble here, but in some places, Coffee is still boiled and magnificent chyzkeykam by 12 yuan, we take a couple of cups of coffee (American) – 10 yuan. Mug simple black stands 8 yuan.
In Wuhan, after a long walk on a cold city, was just bliss to sit in a warm cafe and tried a bunch of different cakes, as well as corporate kofya, which cost of 8 to 13 yuan. Sometimes you want this caramel treats, and in one of the biggest Baoding TC – Beyguo, Starbucks has, where a half a liter of coffee costs about of 22 yuan to 39 yuan per glass. Add, that Starbucks, a very cozy atmosphere and it honey attracts all foreigners. There are constantly flocking all expats, which brought in Baoding, which is a good benchmark for a small town. In Beijing, the same, foreigners are not so interested in aliens, because they were there the crowd.
And many of these foreigners, who come to China to see the sights, just need to try Peking Duck. You can try it in a heap of restaurants, we did not find specifically how to Peking Duck in different locations, but half duck with sauce and fresh appetizers 100 yuan for two, in one Městečko near the Jianguomen subway, seemed to us quite acceptable.
Generally, It's Business District, where businessmen go on lunch break, and even to the east, izvestnom neighborhood in SOHO, prices in the cafe is not space, dish by 20-30-40 yuan, quite expensive for the laborers. A small observation: usually, inexpensive and simple street food cafe located next to the university hostel and buildings, so if there is a university nearby, may be able to eat cheap. But this does not apply to Udaokou in Beijing, may first, cursory meeting with the district has received a passing, but the metro we saw, mostly, eatery with foreign cuisine. And here we come to one of the traditionally high levels of the cost of a meal in a restaurant – it any other cuisine in the world, except Chinese.
Next to the house we had a Korean restaurant, где one dish could cost about 50-80 yuan, for a small town, a decent price, but this restaurant has closed down.
On the next street there is a real Sandy's Italian restaurant, where the average price of pizza – 50 yuan, Lasagna – 48, nezhneйshie and tiramisu for panakota 28 yuan. Russian cuisine in the neighborhood, we were not looking for, EE replace the home or draniki golubcы, actually, you can cook a lot at home, Similar products many. The only, beet that we in the local supermarkets are not met – “coat” do not, Well, with a choice of cheese – trouble. Buckwheat kitaytsev delicacy in how, they brew it in tea and this box is worth almost here 50 yuan, Beijing can afford it easier.
Calls and sms are cheap here, Of course it all depends on the rate. We use China Mobile, because most of our colleagues and friends in Baoding, connected to this an operator. Of operators, that catch the eye, I can not remember even China Unicom - also one of the largest. Connects us to a cheap rate, so that you can send messages – 0,1 yuanya for SMS and call – 0,2 yuanya for minutu, And in a month at the same time written off 8 yuan. The cost of connecting – 50 yuan, all at the expense of. There is a mailing 13 yuan subscription fee per month, the difference in the balance of the bonus Megabytes, so if you use the Internet, then probably best to take this option, with my phone about the Internet can not bother. While in the other region, phone as well as in Russia goes into roaming, therefore advantageous to use for travel sms. International calls, we do not do, with family on Skype call up, and for sending SMS from the main operators have online services.
When I first came to Beijing, for the first time and was looking for the way to the office kc, which has then stayed, I bought a card already for 100 yuan, while on the left bank 30, not as profitable, but rather the divorce. Oddly, but in Baoding China Mobile office every time we come across at least one English-speaking officer, therefore deal with payments and tariffs was much easier.
In connection with the mobile theme I want to address the question how much machinery in China, the same iPhone 5. On the first day of sales, in the near our store was a huge billboard, that can be taken as the fifth 5400 yuan, сейчас, naturally, prices fell. In Hong Kong same, prices are lower due to lack of fees, You can fly there and without a visa, but there were also the complexity, at the beginning of the sales, they are not sold to foreigners. On average, the, prices for mobile devices in mainland China is not much below, than in Russia, the only way to fight off the trip – take just a pack of devices for friends.
For such a huge city like Beijing, price of a trip on the subway amazing mala – just 2 yuan. The subway is very convenient, connects the different parts of the city, in winter you can hardly get out to the surface, of Moroz. For example, when added two 9-th branch, we have just a couple of transplants get off at the same Jianguomen, when they open the transplant with the first branch, will be even faster.
In the southern cities, eg, Shenzhen and Guangzhou Metro fare ranges from distance. At least it turned out to pay 3 yuan for proezd, just a few stations. And when we drove almost all the blue branch on the way to Longgang, greedy machines took with us 10 yuan. But it, of course, any comparison does not go with the Hong Kong subway, where for three stations with each one of us took off 11 dollars, and the drive from the border to the center can cost all 38 dollars, in St. Petersburg for the money can be 5 time to ride.
But we will not be upset, pereydёm Category buses, because such, Beijing travel costs for the most part 2 yuan. Sometimes come across buses, where it is possible for 1 Yuan drive. The same situation in Wuhan, travel long distances between parts of the Tricity, for 2 RMB delight. In Baoding will, eg, for proezd most buses, will have to pay only 1 Yuan, but the route, где buses go in long-haul destinations, that we do not know, also 2 yuan. The same applies to the new double-decker buses 1st route, Naver price zavisit, more, the length of the route.
Taxi drivers China's relatively honest, nobody offered us to go without being turned counter or as a Filipino taxi driver to Cebu, go without meter or “over the counter, but plus 50 Peso”. Well and good prices in Baoding: 5 yuan from the start, и по 1,2 yuanya kilometric. In Beijing counter activated with 10 yuan and each kilometer drips 2 yuan, if you are passing more 15 kilometers, then 3 yuan.
At this stop today, in another article will try to summarize and how much it cost to paint the other aspects of life in China.