Average cost per person per day: $143.94
U.S. dollar exchange = 6.89 Yuan
Beijing's Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, dates back 3,000 years and was once only privy to the emperors of China. Today, peasants and paupers can explore the complex's remarkable grounds and Palace Museum, even if they don't have gold in their pockets. (The cost to visit is just 40-60 yuan, or about $5-8.)
One of the world's most desirable tourist destinations, Beijing is also, of course, home to the Great Wall of China, which is surprisingly affordable as well — it costs the equivalent of about $5-7 to enter the popular Badaling section of the wall.
Also working in Beijing's favor for the budget-minded traveler? Exemplary food that won't cost a pretty penny; hearty noodle and rice dishes often won't set you back more than $10, and can be as cheap as $3.