BACKPACKER INDEX: US$28.61
Beijing hotel prices
Hotels in Beijing typically consider their high season to be the months from May through October, but some start as early as April and go as late as November. Prices between the seasons generally don’t change too much at the budget hotels, though great bargains can appear at the higher end during the low season months from November through March.
Beijing is one of the more expensive cities in China, but it’s still a great bargain for most Western tourists. Hotels are generally of high quality, and the prices can be very appealing, especially for those on package tours.
The attractions in the city are also very reasonably priced, though scammers and hucksters are common, so it’s wise to do some research and keep your wits about you. Transportation is also very cheap, with the buses and subways being especially good bargains.
Food and drinks are also extremely cheap by most Western standards, though you’ll have to pay a fair bit more for menus with English translations in tourist neighborhoods. Street food is one of the city’s great adventures, and prices are quite low.
Beijing attraction prices
|Great Wall (Badaling or Juyongguan)||These two sections of the Wall are closest to Beijing, and are often part of bus tours. Prices are a bit lower in the colder months.||adults||7.34|
|Forbidden City||This huge complex is the other must-see attraction in Beijing.||adults||9.79|
|Tian'anmen Gate||Between the (free) Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City you can see inside this famous gate.||adults||2.45|
Beijing Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||11.42 - 19.58|
|Airport express train to city center||4.08|
|Shuttle bus from airport to city center||2.61|
|3km taxi ride in Beijing||1.63 - 3.26|
|Subway ride in Beijing||0.33|
|Bus ride in Beijing||0.16 - 0.33|
Beijing food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Chinese-style breakfasts, including noodles, can be very cheap. Western breakfasts will cost much more.||1.63 - 4.89|
|Budget lunch||Going to the places where the locals eat will get you great bargains and authentic meals.||1.96 - 5.71|
|Budget dinner||As always, bargains are available, but fancier places will charge a lot more.||3.26 - 8.16|
|Beer (.33l can)||Avoid hotel bars and nightclubs for the best prices.||1.96 - 4.08|
|Cocktails (glass)||Mixed drinks are available all over at a wide range of prices.||4.89 - 8.16|
|Beer (bottle, retail)||Local Chinese beers can be cheap if you buy them to drink elsewhere.||0.65 - 0.98|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Big Macs are a decent bargain in Beijing.||2.28|
Beijing Miscellaneous costs
|Cigarettes (pack)||Finding cheap smokes shouldn't be a problem here.||1.63 - 2.28|
|Bottled water (1.5L)||Fortunately, bottled water is quite cheap and easy to find in Beijing.||0.65 - 0.98|
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|Airports||Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)|
Avg temps & precip
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Weather in Beijing can be tricky because during the peak summer months of July and August you typically get high temperatures and humidity along with fairly frequent rainfall. With this in mind, April, May, September, and October are generally the best months to visit, with generally pleasant temperatures without much rainfall. Winters get very cold, but at least snowfall rarely accumulates to much.
Sunrise and sunset