Monkey Abroad

Videos and stories of the life abroad – food, culture, travel & work

Wuxi, China: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Ep 19


Only 45 minutes west of Shanghai by train, Wuxi is a city that makes for a relaxing day trip when you want to escape the stress of the city. In this video, I show you how you can stroll around Yuantouzhu, Huishan Old Town and Nanchang Street, eat delicious Wuxi food and street food, and get a bed in a Wuxi hostel – all for 20 bucks (138 RMB)!

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Raven and the coolest old dude on the planet, posing for the camera

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Looks so warm and inviting, doesn’t it?

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No exaggeration: every time I see a sweet potato vendor, I buy one. This guy was no exception. 4 yuan for a sweet tater!

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Lunch was xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and tofu soup with shredded mushrooms, miniature shrimp, and green onion. Total cost = 16 yuan

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The scenic canal area near Nanchang Street is still a pleasant sight, even amid the pollution

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Mini vases of Wuxi local alcohol. First thing in the morning, we had a free taste of this deliciously sweet concoction to start the day off right

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This guy is gonna live to be 120 years old, mark my words

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Dinner was noodles and sweet and sour pork. Total cost = 23 yuan. Also, not my best photo.

Total cost to travel Wuxi, China for a whole day:

Bus fare – 2 RMB
Wuxi wine sample – FREE
2 Yulan bing 玉兰饼 5 RMB
Green tea – 10 RMB
Tofu soup – 6 RMB
4 Xiaolong bao 小笼包 10
Bus fare – RMB
Yuantouzhu 鼋头渚 – FREE
Bus fare – 2 RMB
Sweet potato – 4 RMB
三鲜面 10 RMB
Sweet and sour pork 糖酥排骨 13 RMB
Incense burner – 20 RMB
Taxi fare – 12 RMB
Hostel bed – 38 RMB

TOTAL COST = 134 RMB ($19.46)

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  1. Great to see another video! The ending is funny, hahaha.

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