“the Great Wall Is Massive, Steep, Amazing, Incredible, Big And…… Great!”| 6 min read
It can be hard to gauge how much things should cost in China when you go shopping the first few times. We’ve provided a price guide to give you a rough idea of how much things cost.
What’s been happening? – Saturday 6th
Today was the first tour day. First there was an early rise. Everyone piled on the bus, got their breakfast and met their tour guides who then took them to the Ming Tombs where it was snowing quite heavily. At the Ming Tombs there were historical artifacts to see, owner’s shoulders to avoid stepping on (apparently that’s what the doorframes represent) and a big gate to jump through. It was a bit chilly but the snow made for some fantastic views.
After that we made our way to the Great Wall where it continued to snow and that made the climb a little tricky for everyone but a lot of fun. There were snowball fights, photos with Chinese primary schools on their day trips, an improvised slide and a camel on its own by the side of the road.
After leaving the Wall and all of its photo opportunities behind, we made our way out for lunch at a restaurant that had been visited by such esteemed guests as the Greek railroad trade union president and the “various countries police”.
Once everyone was refueled we then made our way to the Bird’s Nest stadium and the Water Cube where the same primary school class at the Great Wall had their photo invaded again. After a little more site seeing there was a spot of shopping over at Yashou market for a little bargaining (5 shirts and 2 ties for 200RMB, yes please!) and then we rounded the day off with some Peking duck.
An intern’s view – By David Boyle
So a brief overview of what’s been going on. Went to the Great Wall on Saturday and had quite an eventful day of wall climbing and Ming Tombing. The weather was typical of the aftermath of a lovely Beijing blizzard, in short cold and the ground was slippery but amazingly enough everyone was in high spirits! There is something about the Great Wall that brings out the best in people. Having seen the Ming Tombs before I knew what was coming, but still find the history of the place fascinating.
duō shao qián? (How much does it cost?) – A rough guide to how much things cost in China
When you are going out to major tourist markets like Silk Street or to something more local like Xidan or Zoo markets, you are probably wondering what are decent prices to pay for various items. If you use the guide below along with our tips on bargaining post you should be able to get a great price.
Bear in mind that the quality may not be up to the standard you get back home so with things like electronics you should be careful. Please note this is only a starting point to get an idea of prices so you may find prices can be higher or lower than what is listed.
|Item||Item in Mandarin||Approx. cost at tourist markets like Silk St, Yashou etc||Approx. cost at local markets like Xidan and Zoo Market|
|Polo Shirt||lǐng zi de T xù||40-60RMB||30-50RMB|
|Jeans||niú zǎi kù||80-150RMB||50-100RMB|
|Basic Gloves||shǒu tào||20-40RMB||10-30RMB|
|Winter jacket||dōng jì jiá kè||200-600RMB||200-500RMB|
|Silk dressing gown||sī chóu chèn yī||50-100RMB||30-70RMB|
|Tailored Suit||xī fú||400-800RMB||Not available|
|Tailored shirt||chèn shān||80-100RMB||Not available|
|Cotton underwear||nèi yī||10-30RMB||10-20RMB|
|Dress Shoes||lǐ fú xié||70-200RMB||50-100RMB|
|High heels||gāo gēn xié||50-100RMB||30-80RMB|
|Sneakers||yùn dòng xié||70-150RMB||60-110RMB|
|Hairclips, headbands, Nail polish, eye shadow||fǎ jiā, tóu dài, zhǐ jiǎ yóu, yǎn yǐng||10-30RMB||5-20RMB|
|Ear rings||ěr huán||10-40RMB||5-30RMB|
|1 GB mp3 player||yī jī de MP sān||100-300RMB||80-150RMB|
|250GB external HD||Not recommended||400-700RMB|
|DVDs||yǐng dié||5-10RMB per disc||5-10RMB per disc|
|Fake iPhone||gāo fǎn píng guǒ shǒu jī||200-400RMB||200-350RMB|
|Tea set||chá jù||30-60RMB||20-50RMB|
|Zippo lighter||Zippo huǒ jī||50-100RMB||40-70RMB|