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1) About Eating
While eating at the subsidized food at the school’s cafeteria is a good way to save money, and get a feel for campus life, you may miss out on some fantastic local cuisine at neighborhood restaurants.
And, unlike many Western countries, it is affordable to eat out at local restaurants quite regularly. In Beijing, a one plate lunch meal with rice cost between 10 and 20 RMB. Supermarkets are also well-stocked plentiful with such hypermarkets as Carrefour and Tesco a presence in many cities. Do, however, expect to pay comparatively more for meals at international restaurants or for imported food and drink, which are available in some of the larger cities.
2) About Travelling
The cost of traveling in China depends on your choice of destination and transport and accommodation preferences. Traveling by train is usually cheaper than flying, especially if you are willing to book a lower class of ticket. However, be sure to book at least a few days in advance as trains are still the most popular form of long-distance transport for most locals. During the holidays – National Day and Spring Festival in particular, it is not uncommon for tickets to sell out on the first day that they are available for purchase. You can use this website to check timetables, ticket prices and to book some routes: https://www.12306.cn/ (in Chinese).
Traveling by plane is usually more expensive than traveling by train, but deep discounts can often be found online. Try www.ctrip.com or www.elong.com for booking plane tickets and hotel rooms (both in English).
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