A New and Vibrant China-
many people in the West, China conjures up images of rickshaws and
straw hats or blue Mao-suits and communes. In reality, since
former President Deng Xiao Ping launched economic reforms and began
the process of opening up to the world, China has gone through a
dramatic transformation. In fact, even now, every year that
passes sees more reform, development and openness. Nightclubs
are packed with young people dancing to techno, house, hip-hop, and
yes, good ol' fashioned rock and roll.
future continues to look bright with China hosting the 2008 Olympic
Summer Games and the 2010 Worlds Fair. Also on the horizon is
the completion of the worlds largest dam at Three Gorges, the worlds
tallest building, and the worlds largest suspension bridge.
All these modern wonders share the stage with some of the most
famous sites in world history: The Great Wall, the Terra Cotta
Warriors of Xian, the ancient Silk Road, the Ming Tombs, Summer
Palace, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
How much is a RMB (Chinese Yuan) worth?
100 Chinese Renminbi (RMB) or Yuan, for short, equals roughly 16 USD, 20 CAD, 21 AUD, 14 EUR, 10 GBP, 122 HKD, 24 NZD, and 209 ZAR.
How much does it cost to live in Tianjin?
¡ñRent: ranges from 1,000 - 3,000 RMB per month for different apartments
¡ñUtilities (electricity, gas, water): 150 RMB per month
¡ñPhone & Internet: 120 RMB per month
¡ñFood: 1200 RMB per month
The Cost of Daily Items.
¡ñDinner at a mid-range restaurant: 80 RMB
¡ñRice or noodle dish at a restaurant: 15 RMB
¡ñMost street food items: 6-10 RMB
¡ñBeer: 5 RMB
¡ñ1 night in a mid-range hotel: 100-300 RMB
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