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APPENDIX G Approximate Costs of Hotel Rooms and Food, antennas Travel, Services, and Clothing The figures below are based on reports current in March 1986. Prices are subject to change and continue to rise. The quotations are merely estimates to help you plan your trip. All prices are in ynan (Y), at a rate of Y3.00 to the dollar. HOTEL RATES AND FOOD COSTS Beijing Beijing Hotel Y265/day Friendship Hotel (2-room suite) Y144/day Jianguo Hotel (joint venture) Y285/day Xiyuan Hotel Y210/day Food in hotel dining rooms runs from Y8.00 for breakfast to Y15.00 for lunch and dinner and is much higher in the joint-venture hotels, where a dinner for two might cost Y150.00 and a hamburger in the coffee shop, Y15.00. Changchun South Lake Hotel Y90/day Guangzhou Beiyuan Hotel Y5 5/day Food Y60/day Hangzhou Hangzhou Hotel Food Y60/day Lanzbou Lanzhou Guesthouse Food Y10/day Y120/day Y60/day 190

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APPENDIX G 191 Shanghai Shanghai Hotel Jingan Guesthouse Turpan Turpan Hotel Y38/day Food Y3-Y5/day Y100/day Y100/day Urumqi Urumqi Guesthouse Y45/day NOTE: Students who have traveled recently advise that it is not possible in most cases to get discounts at hotels with student cards so count on paying Y50 each night in the cities. DORMITORIES AND FOREIGN EXPERT BUILDINGS Beijing Beijing University, Shaoyuan Lou Building no. 4, single room, communal bath, at student rates Y360/month paid in advance each semester Building no. 5, two rooms, bathroom, TV, air-conditioner, at researcher's rates Y2, 100/month Food Y10-Y20/day Central Arts Academy Dormitory Student rates Y20/day Food Y3/day Chongqing Sichuan Fine Arts Academy Student rate Y30/day (room rate was reduced by half when researcher traveled) Food Y30/day Hainan Xinglong State Farm Guesthouse Y30/day Hangzbou Hangzhou University, Foreign Experts Dormitory Guangzbou South China Institute of Technology Guesthouse Food Y15/day Nanjing Nanjing Foreign Languages School Dormitory (room with bath) Y25/day Y360/month Y30/day

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192 CHINA BOUND Shanghai Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine Researcher rate Y30/day Student rate Y24/day East China Normal University, Foreign Experts Dormitory Y30/day Tianjin Tianjin University Guesthouse Food Y15/day TRANSPORTATION COSTS Airfares (one-way) Beijing-Shanghai Beijing-Urumqi Beijing-Kunming Chongqing-Xi 'an Y150 Y429 Y360 Y9O Train Beijing-Xi'an (soft sleeper) Y124 Turpan-Beijing (soft sleeper, student rate) Beijing-Guangzhou (hard sleeper) Y21.90 Guangzhou-Beijing (soft sleeper) Y120 NOTE: In general airfares and soft sleeper accommodations on trains are about the same price. Students with a student card can obtain discounts on trains but not on planes. See the section in Chapter 6, "Available Services," on internal travel for a discussion of the different modes of train travel in China. Reserved Car Beijing, Institute car for daily use Y25-Y80/day Taxis Calculated by distance and quality of car Y0.6-Y0.8/km Beijing examples: Peking University to Friendship Store (one-way) Downtown to Friendship Hotel Y15 Bus Pass Beijing (all buses and trolleys) Y5/month Bicycle New Used Y189 Y80-Y200 Y80

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APPENDIX G 193 RESEARCH TRAVEL A scientist who traveled with his spouse for two months to cities that included Xining, Xi 'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Jinggangshan, and several small cities in Guangzhou spent Y22,533 for local hotels, guesthouses, plane fare, trains, and cars. An art historian who itemized her research travel expenses to Bud- dhist sites in out-of-the-way places in Northwest China, including Da- tong and Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Loyang, Xi'an, and environs, spent a total of Y4,000 for two people. Her costs for 3/ weeks break down as follows: Train fare Y227 Airfare Y162 Hired cars (calculated by kilometer and not number of passengers) Y1,230 Food (for two) Y876 Hotels and guesthouses (calculated by room and not number of guests) Y1,077 Miscellaneous items (including educational materials and small charges for driver's room and food at Wutaishan) Y370 SERVICES Postage Airmail letter overseas Y1.10 5-kg Package of printed matter seamail Y31.00 Film Processing 36 Color prints 36 Color slides Photocopies (per page) Hotels Y21.00 Y7.50 Letter size Y0.50 Legal size Y0.70 Neighborhood copy shops Shaoyuanlou Y0.15 Peking University Library CSCPRC office Y0.10 Microfilm reproduction, No. 1 Archive One sheet Y0.90 One roll of microfilm copied Y28.00 Y0.15-Y0.20 YO.10 Laundry Average per person per week Y25.00

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194 CHINA BOUND Kindergarten (Chinese school) Per child per month Y75.00 Medical Care Clinic visits Y0.50-Y2.00 Hospitalization (two weeks) in Guangzhou for pneumonia, December 1985 (researcher's spouse) Medicine and treatment Y1,983 Lodging and food Y792 Hospitalization (three days) in Nanjing for dysentery, 1986 (student) Y68 NOTE: Although these prices are calculated at an exchange rate of Y3.00 = US$1.00, the exchange rate as of January 1987 was Y3.71 = US$1.00. CLOTHING, LUGGAGE, AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT Easy to Find Woolen long underwear Y35 Silk undershirt Y15-Y20 Men's cotton underwear Y5- Y7 Terry-cloth bathrobe Y40 Plastic shower shoes (essential for dormitory dwellers) Y5 Woolen sweater Y40-Y60 Cashmere sweater Y100-Y120 Down jacket Y70-Y100 Down vest Y50 Chinese overcoat Y45-Y150 Padded silk jacket Y55 Fur hat Y40 Woolen and cashmere scarf Y30 Leather shoes Y40 Cloth shoes Y5 Sneakers Y15-Y30 Cotton shirt and blouse Y10- Y15 Sweatshirt and running suit Y30-Y50 for both Canvas and leather bags of all sizes Y15-Y50 Luggage (fabric and leather) Y45-Y100 Sheet, cotton Y15-Y20 Quilt, cotton Y40 Quilt, down Y100-Y150 Woolen blanket Y40-Y60 Volleyball and basketball Y25-Y30 Baseball, tennis equipment, and other sports items are available for reasonable prices Umbrella, collapsible and regular Y8-Y12

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APPENDIX G 195 Difficult to Find Men's walking shorts Large-sized men's clothing and shoes Bathing suits Good running shoes Sturdy leather shoes and boots Woolen socks Warm slippers Lined leather boots for winter Western-style dresses and women's slacks Flannel nightgowns Shower caps Inexpensive watches Diapers and plastic pants