Cost of Living in Dujiangyan, China
Posted 13 May 2011 - 12:33 PM
I thought I would offer a cost of living summary for my small part of the world, Dujiangyan, China.
Beer 3 to as high as 25 rmb depending on were you go
Milk 6 rmb a liter
Pork 24 rmb a kilo
12 eggs 7 to 15 rmb
Rent 500 to 2000rmb a month
Maid 800 – 1000 rmb a month (5 days a week half day)
E-bike about 3000 rmb
Veggies for the week can cost any where from 20 to 50 rmb (for me at least)
Let’s say I went out every night to eat with 4 friends we could have about 20 beers for 60 rmb 6 different dishes for about 50 rmb that’s 110 rmb. So, about 28 rmb per person. Not bad huh? You could can get by comfortably on about 3000 to 5000 rmb a month here. I usually spend only 2000 - 3000 a month depending on whether or not I go to metro that month. As far as being cheated at the local market I really do not seem to pay more then anyone else. I buy from the same people all the time and I buy enough that they want to keep my business so they treat me well. However, when I go to different outdoor markets I find the price to be slightly higher so I always shop at the same place with the same people.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 12:42 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 06:43 PM
Dujiangyan 都江堰 was the epicenter in May 2008, 3 years ago, of one of the strongest earthquakes 汶川大地震 ever recorded in China.
How is the situation now? I think there must be still plenty of damages around in that area. Did you go outside of the city?
Thanks for reporting some pricing in China in a smaller city (less than 1 million people I guess.
It's about 1/3 or less of what we pay in Japan.
I hope you enjoy your long-term stay in China.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 12:58 AM
My son took a school trip to the mountains however there was a minority uprising and he had to be separated from his friends. So he did not get to see that much of the village. The uprising was not close to were he was but, the local government was worried about the safety of the foreigners as well as pictures and information leaking out to the international community so they moved him.
I am toying with the idea of taking a trip to Mongolia or Tibet this summer for a few weeks. I am also considering teaching in Laos in a year or two. I have heard good things about Laos from a friend of mine and I discussed the possibility of a teaching job with some one there.
It is good to here from you to Yohan. How is the situation in Tokyo? Internet has been blocked here for over a month. The past few days have been the first time I have been able to access international websites and even now it is still touch and go. So I am out of touch with what has been going on in the world.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 05:14 AM
Do you know other foreigners in your area?
About internet connection from/to China:
I do not notice any connection problems from/to China to all major cities and I think, in your case this is really a local, rural problem.
In China some international webpages are usually cut off, but all major business related websites should work.
What about trying some simple pages first, which are totally free of political issues and see if they are working?
And what about trying the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo? Is it working?
Visa-Application guide for China in English for foreigners
(Japanese tourists do not need visa for all China)
What about a big company, like Mitsubishi-Motors?
Or VOLVO (Swedish carmaker owned by China)
A Chinese-German dictionary (server located in Germany, not in the US), looking up the word of 'Beijing'
Nippon Dental University
The Largest Dental University in the World, English information pages
Are these websites working? If not, there must be local connection problems somewhere.
That's not intentionally.
About moving on in future to Laos or elsewhere, I think, if you have already experience in China, you should try to enter any international school in Japan.
You will find here many similarities in language and organisation, plenty relations between Japan and China, a good salary and a secure long-term job.
About the situation here in Japan, all is fine in Tokyo and elsewhere, business as usual - but about 300km along the north-eastern coast, the earthquake, flood and nuclear problem have a strong impact to the daily life of people living there.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 08:16 AM
It's probably down to Universaide which will take place in August in Shenzhen.
I'm not sure if other parts of China have also been affected.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 10:07 AM
You will not find many foreigners that are not connected to our school. I hear a local college is seeking to employ 6 but that is about it. We do have a around 30 foreigners here on campus so we all try to get along. There really is not a nightlife here that I know of. Some of the gents mentioned we have a redlight district but I can not give you any info on that. I live a pretty quite life here. While there is not much excitement here alot of the teachers head to Chengdu when they want to cut loose a little bit. Also a lot of the teachers go biking and hiking for fun we have a lot of beautiful scenery here.
Thanks for the info Dave good to know it is not just us with the internet problems.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:56 AM
BTW you better hope things are real calm in Tibet or you won't have a chance to get in there unless you are Han.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:12 PM
...Oh, I live in the South, just outside the 2nd ring road... It's a wonderful community
and doesn't feel like Big City at all. You'd like it Rae. Lemme know when you're down next.
I've got a bar on of the rivers if you're interested in live music.
Posted 25 May 2011 - 03:14 AM
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:31 AM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:02 AM
Not many people are on campus right now. after August 15 people will get here. Are you a drinker? My group tends to indulge. However there is a conservative group on campus we call the Christian militia who do not partake of the forbidden drink . (They are good people) Which group would who prefer to hang out with? I hangout with both. lol
Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:09 AM
Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:06 AM
As for other parts of China its the norm rather than the exception, Take Guilin a popular tourist city. When I lived and worked there prices were based on:
Highest - Tourist (Chinese or Foreign was the same)
Middle - Foreigner living/working there
Lowest - Locals
Oh and Jack Fancy I also lived in Chengdu for 3 years in the Shiren Park are just inside the 2nd ring road. Had no problems if changing prices in my area either.
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