The engineer in me did a quick spreadsheet on our costs of the journey today. I excluded all the Hong Kong expenses, because they consist mostly of non-essential shopping and are misleading.
Bottom line: 9000 CHF for two people
That includes all transportation (incl. flight to/from Zürich), hotels, food, souvenirs, site entrance fees, etc. in India and China. Major breakdown:
- Flight Zürich – Delhi – HKG – Zürich 2200CHF
- Flight HKG – China – HKG 1000 CHF
- India travel costs 1100 CHF (3 weeks)
- China travel costs 4600 CHF (6 weeks)
That means we are spending about 500 CHF / week / person (including everything). For comparison, I have read that thrift travelers can live on about 200CHF / week. But, on the other hand, there is this:
So, I guess we did not do so bad.