Living costs in second tier cities like Huizhou are relatively low and it is possible to live a very comfortable life. Moving around the city is cost-effective and you can find a good variety of accommodation to suit every need. Western style food generally costs more however with the huge variety of food on offer you will find something to fit every budget. Virtually every product can be found in the area and make sure to keep a look out for cheap manufactured and processed products as these are Huizhou’s pillar industries.
Cost of living in Huizhou
Relative to most of Asia, the cost of living in Hong Kong is high. This is offset by the high salaries that make a teacher’s quality of life very high, while maintaining high saving potential.
Huizhou is serviced by three airports due to its proximity to Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The Huizhou Pingtan Airport is roughly 20km from the city center while the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport can be reached by bus in 1.5 hours.
The city has three train stations, Huizhou Station, Huizhou West station and Huizhou South Station which provide access throughout the city. These stations link Huizhou with many cities around China such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shantou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanchang, Changsha, Yueyang and many others. There are even plans to link Huizhou and Shenzhen by a high-speed underground train which will provide the city with an effective link to downtown Hong Kong.
Huizhou has a clean and affordable bus system with links throughout the city. Most bus trips have a flat fee of 2RMB or even less if you use a ‘Lingnantong’ transport card. More than ten scheduled buses run to Hong Kong every day and since almost all the cities and towns are linked by highways, long distance busing is a reality.
Huizhou has a hefty selection of food on offer. Traditional Chinese food can be sampled at most corners with Hong Kong/Canton cuisine being popular with the locals. Huizhou food itself makes use of a rich group of ingredients from the mountains and streams such as bamboo shoots, mushrooms, Jue Cai (bracken), Guanghua cai (daylily) and a multitude of other items. There are more than 1470 sorts of plants on the Huangshan Mountain, many suitable for eating. Locals generally steam or stew ingredients to keep their notable flavour and freshness.
To taste genuine Huizhou cuisine, the various Yellow Mountain restaurants are the only places to go. Select any restaurant they have on offer and enjoy Huizhou cuisine characterized by environmentally-friendly thought.