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Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

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How much money will you need for your trip to Nanjing? You should plan to spend around ¥554 ($82) per day on your vacation in Nanjing, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥162 ($24) on meals for one day and ¥222 ($33) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Nanjing for a couple is ¥535 ($79). So, a trip to Nanjing for two people for one week costs on average ¥7,756 ($1,143). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Nanjing for one week usually costs around ¥3,878 for one person. So, a trip to Nanjing for two people costs around ¥7,756 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥15,512 in Nanjing. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Nanjing can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Nanjing? How much money do I need for Nanjing?

How much does a trip to Nanjing cost? Is Nanjing expensive? The average Nanjing trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Nanjing prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Nanjing
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Nanjing is ¥267. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Nanjing is ¥535.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Nanjing

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Transportation Budget in Nanjing
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nanjing is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥222 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nanjing.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Nanjing
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Rental Cars in Nanjing
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Food Budget in Nanjing
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  • While meal prices in Nanjing can vary, the average cost of food in Nanjing is ¥162 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nanjing should cost around ¥65 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nanjing is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Nanjing
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  • Entertainment and activities in Nanjing typically cost an average of ¥54 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Nanjing
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  • The average person spends about ¥55 on alcoholic beverages in Nanjing per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Nanjing On a Budget
Nanjing Nanjing, China
Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiangsu Province on the central eastern coast of China, just north of Shanghai. This historically and culturally rich city lies at the lower end of the Yangtze river, resulting in lush and scenic landscapes. Nanjing is well-known for having many popular historical sites, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Nanjing experiences hot, humid, and rainy summers that often reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The best time to visit tends to be in Autumn when temperatures cool to the 60's and are much dryer than summer months.
There's no shortage of sights to see in Nanjing, with everything from ancient tombs to presidential palaces, and much more. One of the most popular sights are the Ruins of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Palace which was built in 1366 by the first Ming Emperor. While it was destroyed in the Qing Dynasty, there are still fragments of the bridges, arches, and even megaliths with ancient carvings on them.

Head over to the Gate of China, which is actually a series of gates that allow entrance through the old city wall. The southern gate area has the best preserved parts of the wall while the main gate area has exhibits and scale models of the old town. From here, take a walk along the Qin Huai River, which is considered to be the life blood of the city. From the river, you can catch views of the Confucius Temple, Zhanyuan Gardens, and Zhonghua Gate.

As there are so many things to see in Nanjing, it is well worth purchasing a city pass that allows you free entry into 21 locations. Passes can be purchased at various tourist centers or online.
Nanjing is divided into six districts, some of which are more intriguing to tourists than others:

Xuanwu: The old eastern district within the city wall and acts as the center of the ancient culture of Nanjing.

Gulou: Makes up the north and west parts of the old city where you'll find many of the major hotels.

Xiaguan: Known as the northern gate of the city and is predominately residential

Baixia: This is the shopping and business center of the city

Qinhuai: Located along the Qinhuai River, this district is famous for being home to the Confucius Temple

Jianye: Considered to be the new city center with a large science and technology park

Take in the natural beauty of Nanjing with a hike and tour on the Purple Mountain. The mountain is scattered with ancient tombs, including those of a few important emperors such as Ming Xiaoling and Sun Quan. The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular sites on the mountain. There are 9 parks throughout the mountain, so if you plan to visit 3 or more, it is worth purchasing a Purple Mountain Pass to get you into the parks at a discount.

After a day of hiking, take a relaxing dip in the Tangshan Regalia hot springs which offers vistas and sights of the Purple Mountain. Or, take a paddleboat ride on Xuanwu Hu Lake where you can ride to the three different islands to visit the zoo and amusement parks while enjoying views of the Purple Mountain.
Food and Dining
Nanjing's greatest specialties are their thin skinned dumplings, there are two main types: xiaolongbao, which are filled with soup and meat, and tanbao which are filled with crab meat and soup. The city is also known for their yaxue fensi duck blood noodles.

You can find many of these specialties in the some of the smaller restaurants scattered about the city. Nanjing has an interesting mix of restaurants, ranging from classic Chinese to French and Italian.

Nanjing is known for their nightlife, with countless bars and clubs to explore. The 1912 district has the majority of clubs while the Shanghai Lu college area has more pubs and bars.

Nanjing has an international airport with buses and subways making it easy to get from the airport to the city center. Buses, trains, and even Yangtze River boats are also great options for getting into the city.

It is fairly easy to get around via bus or subway; you can purchase a IC-tong pass from the bus terminals to save money on fares and easily move about. Taxis are a popular option, although be sure to have them turn the meter on and have the address of your destination written down in Mandarin.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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