Hello and ni hao maaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
It had been almost 4 months since my first ever trip abroad alone (yes, first time and alone but I am like… 20???) to China and that means I had procrastinated for 4 months. WOW. Not suprising really.
So, it is true that I spent less than RM1,200 in Beijing. I am not someone who is good with money but somehow I manage…
At the end of this blog post, I will include the itinerary and budget for this trip. Stay tuned.
My trip took place from 3 September to 9 September, approximately 7 days. I had visited a few famous places in Beijing and we had to let go the Ming Tomb because we ran out of time (nah, because of period pain and honestly that place is so far and we need to change many train stations before we could go and that’s… tiring when you have period pain. )
- BUY RETURN TICKETS DURING AIR ASIA SALES
I know the dates are not confirmed yet and it is risky but boiii if you can cut down on airplane ticket I assure you you could really save on your budget. Usually twitter will be so loud during the sales time, join Buddies Malaysia group or just sign up for Air Asia since they will let you buy the ticket a day earlier before it is opened for the non-member. Free je kot daftar tu, daftar la Big Point ye y’all.
I spent RM502 for return ticket KUL-PEK, this included in-flight meals and the charge ( I don’t remember what charge but RM15 because I couldn’t pay using CIMB Click at that time). My mom paid for the luggage 10KG RM90+ when I was in Beijing because I didn’t have any money left, also ended up my bag was only 8KG. #betrayed
2. PLEASE DO YOUR VISA EARLY
YES, this has to be included because it could save you loads of money if you plan beforehand. My cousin went to China a few days after I went. His flight is on 5th September and he only realised that to visit China you need to register for a visa and that took a few days (depends) a day before. CRAZY. He changed the date and got his visa done but that screamed money since he needed to pay for the date change as well as instant visa (RM300+) instead of normal visa (RM108). I got mine done at Chinese Embassy in Butterworth, Penang.
You can fill in the form online and have it printed or just fill in there. But I would suggest you to fill in the form online. Please be careful especially when you are filling in your name. There is always an issue with our name because of the binti/bin. Your first name is KHADIJAH and your second name is BINTI MUHAMMAD. Do not omit the ‘binti/bin’ to be safe and sound. Click HERE to access to China visa application website.
3. TRANSPORTATION / ACCOMODATION / FOOD
Guys, this is the main reason why I could spend only approximately RM600 during my stay in China. I stayed over at my friend’s dorm. We mostly travelled using subway and her electric motorcycle. And tell you what, everyone rides bicycle here. I was shooked when I found out the Alibaba group is the owner of all the yellow bicycles you see all around Beijing. I am a huge fan of Jack Ma mannn.
subway card ( you can top up, it is the same as RapidKL card, TouchNGo )
For accomodation, there are many youth hostel, hotel and motel in Beijing. Since I was travelling alone, my parents would not allow me to stay over a hotel in a foreign country alone. Hence, I looked up for people online and found Gee who is studying in Beijing Cultural University which turned out to be my home for 7 days.
I saved a lot of money by crashing her dorm. If you can find someone’s place to crash over to, please do so. If you have friends studying in China , there are a lot of Malaysian students there, please go there before they ( and you) finish studies.
I know you have heard of Chinese government bad treatment towards muslims in Xinjiang. Well it is true, since China is a communist country. But afraid not, there are a lot of halal food available here. Since Gee studies in international university and stays in international dorm, there are loads of halal restaurants around to cater the needs of muslim students. In BCLU, there are many students from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and European countries. Gee’s neighbours are Koreans, they always make noise at night…. #pain
Get ready for food porn!!!!
la mian, the love of my life
The price of food in Beijing is not as expensive as I expect it would be. It normally ranges from 12¥ and the most expensive I had eaten was 35¥ at a Korean restaurant. ( All to satisfy Gee’s craving hehe).
jauh jauh datang untuk makan sundubu jigae ekeekkee
4. ENTRANCE TICKET
The student discount is no joke. This is also where I saved my money the most. Orginal price for tourist for Forbidden City is 60¥ but with student discount you get 20¥!!! *cries in Chinese*
Please your student card wisely. Here is the list of ticket price and student price.
Great Wall Badaling 60¥, 20¥ (student)
Summer Palace/ Yiheyuan 30¥ , 15¥ (student)
Beihai Park 10¥
Forbidden City 60¥ , 20¥ (student)
Temple of Heaven 30¥ , 17¥ (student)
- please note that different price for different season
- I use student card for discount
- for more details read HERE
Oh god, I am embarassed to share. But anyway. This didn’t include my train ticket from Butterworth- Kl Sentral and Kl Sentral-KLIA, visa, luggage.
For the starter, I exchanged RM1021 to RMB and we got RMB1600.
RM600 is my money that I saved from allowance my dad bank in every month and RM400 from my mother to buy Beijing t-shirt and table clothe (yes I didn’t understand as well why buy table clothe in China…. anyway… ) RM21 was from my bro who wanted me to buy him the traditional Chinese hat…
50¥ tambang van from airport to dorm
Total = 141¥
20¥ subway card
10¥ beihai tix
15 ¥ boat
Total = 79¥
33¥ ais krim + satay
10¥ botol comel
17¥ temple of heaven
20¥ topup subway
Total = 92¥
10¥ topup subway
20¥ badaling tix
70¥ van ke badaling return
10¥ air coco
Total = 140¥
10¥ topup subway
66¥ fridge magnet + kipas + chopstick
200¥ tee I love beijing
180¥ table clothe
200¥ sutera ibu
8¥ air coco
Total = 849¥
40¥ lunch (belanja Beibei)
50¥ tambang dorm-airport
TOTAL OF EVERYTHING = 1515¥
YES I STAYED WITHIN MY BUDGET.
I only spent rm1200 for 7 days include flight tix because my mom sponsored some of the fee (luggage,visa,train tix) and i had a friend in Beijing. I hope this clears everything. I mean, this trip is not adventurous or so jimat or extreme like others out there. But I am happy with the trip and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only thing that matters.
Bird Nest Stadium
Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall of China
If you have never been abroad because your family is not rich enough, and now you have money to do so but no one to accompany you, just go, just go. If you are brave enough you can travel alone, if you are not, find someone from the same country as you are and go with them. Brainstorm how to make your dreams come true. Good luck guys!
I am editing the Beijing vlog into a 15minutes long one with voiceover and it is draining me….. Salute to all video editors out there.