How does “Airbnb” work in China?

Am I blind that Chinese living cost in towns and small-medium sized cities gets higher within the last a few years?  A typical Lanzhou Lamian noodle costs around 3mb, now increased to 8rmb in my town, an upfront coastal harbor city, 2 hours distance from Shanghai, where its economy status stays medium to high in the Zhejiang Province, a province known for industrial and small commodities’ economic success as such listed as one of top three Ecomomic success in China.

A noodle costs 8rmb seems alike still affordable, then how about 12-15 rmb for small restaurant noodle dishes, which is equivalent to around 2-3 Australian dollars, very cheap as you think, but for local Chinese, “it is not cheap!”.  While a noodle may cost 25-28rmb in restaurants of big cities, you may think that is too much, but it is the truth of China. High commercial rent and increased labor cost push up the living cost.  Traffic in China is very much affordable in public bus and metro services, and some of of high speed trains. Compared to the old days, a train ticket may cost 10-30 rmb for slow speed overnight trains, now a fast train may cost 100-200rmb roughly.  A high speed train from Ningbo to Changsha takes about 6 hours, which costs around 140rmb.  A speed train from Hangzhou to Huerhaote, a far north city may cost around 200rmb, that is a good deal.  A speed train from Ningbo to Nanning, a far southeast city takes about 29 hours, which costs around 200rmb as well, still is a good deal.

Hotel and motel accommodation in China is quite much affordable, which is around 60-80rmb for a small room of private motels, 100-300rmb for a hotel room under 3 stars…

Well, I checked n Airbnb for a few rural places near mountains such as Quzhou, Shenzhou, Yi chun, a single room costs $25-45, which is in Aussie dollars.   In cities of Shanghai, a shared room may cost $14-18.  A single room in my town may cost $25-45 as well.  A room in rural Australian town may cost around $34.  Concerning China has lots of small private motel rooms and chain motel rooms, the Airbnb price is not quite a good choice.  Shall I say Airbnb in Australia is quite acceptable?  I guess so.


Author: Cathy Tsui

Entrepreneur in wine and gifts. Importer and Exporter. Promotional products consultant; Italian shop owner; wine specialist; WSET certificate; self-media; wine talk show, "Let's taste some wine!" Those are old stories now. I am now an inspiring travel agent.

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