AUPAIR IN CHINA

Life in China

1Food in China



The expenses in China can be very alluring. There’re all kinds of glossaries that you can getfrom the local shops, the street market or the supermarket, which is the popular way in China to shopping. 

Although as an au pair you don’t need to shopping food for yourself, while living in a total strange country can be a big challenge and knowing how much a basic daily life may cost will be helpful for you to settle down faster like a local. Anyone who’s interested in Chinese food market can have a price tour with us here.


The expenses in China can be very alluring. There’re all kinds of glossaries that you can getfrom the local shops, the street market or the supermarket, which is the popular way in China to shopping. 

Although as an au pair you don’t need to shopping food for yourself, while living in a total strange country can be a big challenge and knowing how much a basic daily life may cost will be helpful for you to settle down faster like a local. Anyone who’s interested in Chinese food market can have a price tour with us here.

2Coffee Shop




Coffee in Starbucks or in any other coffee shop can be both expensive and disappointing. Unless you have to socialize with local friends in coffee shop, we recommend you to buy coffee powder online and make your own coffee at home – some host families have very good coffee machine. The coffee powder’s price is various from place to place, while the minimum price for each cup can be from 1RMB to 5RMB. 


As homeland for tea, almost all of ASC’s hostfamilies have tea-drinking habit. So if you’d like to experience Chinese lifestyle, you will be welcomed to start from TEA!

Anyone who’s interested in the price in China’ s coffee shop, here’s the Starbucks price list for your reference.



3【Snacks and fruit】supermarket



◆  [Vegetable] price/half kilo


◆  [Meat & sea food] price/kilo


4Transportation in China



The transportation fees are varies from city to city. Hereby we are listing the public transportation fees below so that you can have first-hand information about how much you may need to spend when you plan your trip.


◆  [Buses]

The bus route can almost lead you to anywhere you want. 

Take transportation hub Shanghai as an example.

The bus fair, no matter how far you need to go, is 2 RMB for each bus. That means, if you go somewhere needs to transport from a bus route to another, then the total one-way fair would be 4 RMB

Well, there’s another very convenient way to go from place to place – tube. Almost all the main cities have tube system which can carry you to the main scenery spots of the city.


◆  [Tube]

The Tube fair varies from city to city. While the basic fair is almost the same: 2RMB for prime journey. Ie. If you intend to travel from one place in city center to another end, the fair will be 2RMB. While if you want to travel through different zone/district of the city, you will need to pay extra fees from 1RMB to 8 RMB, depends on how far you will go. 

Take the 6-dynasty’s capital Nanjing for example, if you live in the developing zone (on the edge of the city) and want to go to the Zhong Shan Tomb (city center), you will need to take the tube 2 to the city center directly, the fair will be 4 RMB for the 40mins trip.


◆   [Coaches]

For coaches, the fair will depend on the distance of the travel, the fair can be about 40RMB for each 100km. But nowadays, people tends to take high-speed train instead of coaches, therefore, if you want to travel from city to city, the train will be your priority choice.


◆  [Train]

You can book the train ticket from the Internet via http://www.12306.cn/. Certainly, if you need our help to book you the train ticket, you only need to contact our ASC after-service team. Here’s the train ticket fee list for travelling from Shanghai to nearby cities below:


Normally, for the weekly free time is limited, if you want to travel from south to north, take Shanghai to Beijing for instance, sometimes taking flight is much easier and even cheaper than the train.


◆  [Flight]

 There’re many discount flight ticket available during the week days (other than weekends). As most of au pairs will have their free time during the week days, they can easily access to these cheap flight to go around China.

Again, we take Shanghai for instance (here we only list recent cheapest flight as an example, the real flight ticket can be higher than this especially during the holidays):


5Entertainment



In major city like Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, it is very easy for you to find pubs that are foreigner welcomed with bartenders speaking English. There you can make new friends and even find your free Chinese tutors.

The expenses in pubs are usually about 20-80 RMB depends on what you order. When you having trouble in finding these pubs, you can always turn to ASC after-services teams for help.

6Tourist Attraction



Go to the tourist attractions can be either very expensive or very cheap. If you planned a long-term stay and you like to go to the scenic spots a lot, then you can just register a year-round ticket which will enable you to visit most of the scenic spots for unlimited times. Here’s the main cities year-round ticket fees for the major city in South-east part of China.


Shanghai:almost all of the parks and gardens are free.  

Hangzhou: the scenic spots around west-lake are free. A 50RMB year-round ticket will allow you to visit another 13 fee-charging spots.
Nanjing: some of the parks are free, a 230RMB year-round ticket will allow you to visit 39 fee-charging spots.




What you can do ?

Many potential au pairs asked us about what they can do with the 1000RMB monthly pocket money. According to the above mentioned fees information, you can both choose to enjoy your local life nearby your host family or to save the money and plan a long distance trip for yourself.


◆  [local weekly life]-sample


It’s a typical weekly life for an au pair, as you can see, the average weekly expense will be about 30RMB – 120 RMB/month. It means you can save about about 2400 RMB in 3 months which will enable you to buy some gifts for your own family or friends (if your au pair contract is 3 month) or plan yourself a long-distance trip after you finish your au pair contract.


What you can do with 2400RMB saving – 3 months contract?

  Visit nearby city while living in the local B&B for 10 days; 
  Hiking in the mountain area in Sichuan province and living in the local family for 7 days; 
  Visit Beijing and living in B&B for 3-4 days; 
  Go to Sanya to experience the sunbathing sea resort; 
  Visit at least 3 nearby villages.


What you can do with 4800RMB saving – 6 months contract?

  Visit nearby city while living in a 3 star hotel for 5-8 days; 
  Visit Beijing and living in B&B for 3-4 days and enjoy a first class Beijing Opera; 
  To join a cruise to Japan or Korea and make all kinds of new friends during the trip; 
  To join the tourist group to visit Tibet for 11 days (train); 
  To visit Shangri-La for 8 days (flight).
  To experience the enormous prairie in Inner Mongolia for 5 days (flight).


The expenses in China can be very alluring. There’re all kinds of glossaries that you can getfrom the local shops, the street market or the supermarket, which is the popular way in China to shopping. 


Although as an au pair you don’t need to shopping food for yourself, while living in a total strange country can be a big challenge and knowing how much a basic daily life may cost will be helpful for you to settle down faster like a local. Anyone who’s interested in Chinese food market can have a price tour with us here.


Coffee in Starbucks or in any other coffee shop can be both expensive and disappointing. Unless you have to socialize with local friends in coffee shop, we recommend you to buy coffee powder online and make your own coffee at home – some host families have very good coffee machine. The coffee powder’s price is various from place to place, while the minimum price for each cup can be from 1RMB to 5RMB. 

As homeland for tea, almost all of ASC’s hostfamilies have tea-drinking habit. So if you’d like to experience Chinese lifestyle, you will be welcomed to start from TEA!

Anyone who’s interested in the price in China’ s coffee shop, here’s the Starbucks price list for your reference.


In major city like Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, it is very easy for you to find pubs that are foreigner welcomed with bartenders speaking English. There you can make new friends and even find your free Chinese tutors.