I am back from Chengdu and I am going to share with you EXACTLY what some sample costs are that were spent on my very amazing week in Chengdu. I am often asked how much does it cost to travel to certain destinations and I am here to share exactly what I paid and give you an idea of estimate costs to help budget and plan your trip to Chengdu. I splurged quite a bit on this trip and could have done this trip a lot cheaper. Chengdu is an incredibly budget friendly place to visit especially if you find cheap flights.
I traveled on a more moderate level and you can do this trip even cheaper if you have flexibility and want to do less activities.
Flight $630 RT flight is even cheaper currently on Air China approx $395.00
Right now flights to China are a steal and I have seen flights to China as low as $395 out of DFW. When this was booked it one of the cheapest destinations I could go to the first week of February. That being said I have seen countless flights out of DFW to Europe for a couple hundred that exact same week. Traveling the first two weeks of February is ALWAYS cheaper than other times of the year. If you are ok with colder temps this is a very cost effective way to see the world!
Chinese Visa $140.00
I already had my visa so I didn’t have to spend $140.00 this time, the beauty about a Chinese visa is that they now grant a ten year visa good for multiple entries.
6 nights accommodation at the JW Marriott $28.00
Yes you read that correct it was only $28.00. I trip hacked. I had almost enough Marriott points to cover the entire stay, I had to spend $28 to cover what points I did not have. This hotel is about $120 a night during this week, so it is still reasonably priced and quite fancy and is one of the higher priced places to stay. If you are wanting even more cost effective accommodations with privacy there are NUMEROUS guest houses for $25 a night. If you are into hostels you can get a bed for $5-8. Chengdu has incredibly affordable accommodations and it is very budget friendly.
A bowl of dan dan mien approx 10 yuan or $1.58 USD.
I lived for Dan Dan Mien (Mian) ya’ll. LIKE LIVED FOR IT. By far one of my favorite things to dine on. IT so yummy and spicy and just pure yummy in one bite.
Picture with a panda approx $267 USD
So there is absolutely NO way around this cost. If you want your picture with a baby panda well you have to cough up this money. IT was a major splurge and I struggled with the cost but at the end of the day it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Train ticket from Chengdu to Leshan $12 each way in first class
First class train tickets are not very expensive but if you are on a budget you can travel to Leshan for half this cost.
Bus to Giant Sitting Buddha 2 yuan or .32 USD
Cheapest and easiest way to get to this site. You can cab it if you want but you can’t beat 2 yuan and it the bus stops here after about 30 minutes.
Entry into the Giant Sitting Buddha 90 yuan or approx $14.20 in USD.
A must do if you are in Leshan
Play the Ancient Candy Game 3 yuan or .47 USD
I will have a full post on this later, as it was truly so much fun. You spin for a chance to win a candy shape and then the person makes it for you! So much fun and seriously you can’t beat 3 yuan
Average taxi cost anywhere in the city $3-7 USD.
Walking is always the best way to view the city and get much needed exercise but if you are in a hurry the cabs are truly cheap. Just always say taxi and not cab, every time I said cab they had NO clue what I was talking about.
Entry into the Famous face Changing Opera 120 yuan unless you meet Mr. Lee and it is 90 yuan approx $14.20-18.40 per ticket
I had a chance meeting with Mr. Lee and got discounted tickets. I promise a full post is coming on this… my bullshit meter was going off hard on this man… but he is 100% legit and if you are lucky enough to meet him you get discounted tickets. I will give you ALL his details in an upcoming post but if you are going to Chengdu I HIGHLY recommend you contact him. Amazing dude!
Bottle water 2-6 yuan
Depending on where you are water can cost as little as 2 yuan or as much as 6. Still pretty affordable if you drink a lot of water like me… but since I stayed at the Marriott they gave me 6-10 bottles of water free everyday.
Famous hot pot $10-100s
When you are in Chengdu the famous hot pot restaurants are a MUST DO. You pick and choose what you want to eat so this meal can be super cheap or get very pricey if you get a few beers, a couple bottles of wine and quite a few options. The average cost is closer to $20 but this is something that can get very expensive but you would have to order a lot of alcohol and options.
So there you have it a few costs that I personally spent and the averages to help you budget you next trip. As you can see Chengdu is very affordable especially when it comes to food and I HIGHLY recommend you include it on your China trip.