We're all about saving money with these student discounts!
The more you save on the little things the more money you have to do important things like cool activities, eating good food and seeing amazing sights while you're in China.
Want to save even more? We wrote a whole guide called Traveling On A Budget that you'd probably be interested in.
That guide talks all about how to get cheap passport photos, emails for cheap flights and gives you ideas on free things to do in China (and other countries), but now we're here to help you save money with your student ID:
How To Get The Discounts
Bring a student ID.
Depending on where you visit, they may or may not accept the ID that your school issued (because it's an American University). It's worth trying, but we recommend bringing your ISIC card.
The ISIC card is an "International Student" and insurance card. Having both a school ID and an ISIC card is probably your best bet to getting the deals ... your US card shows staff you're a student, and the ISIC card lends some international credibility. Keep them both with you so you're always prepared.
The vendor ultimately decides if they will accept your ISIC card as identification or not, but it's often accepted from our experience.
Here's info all about the ISIC and why you should get one! (Did we mention it doubles as affordable student travel insurance?
Where To Get Discounts
Grab your card and lets go! You have a lot of great things to see in China but here are a few where you can score a discount!
- The Aurora Museum in Shanghai is a place to check out if you are into art. With beautiful sculptures and pottery you will get a unique taste of China's culture. Show them your student ID and get a 50% discount which makes your ticket $5!
- Jiuzhaigou is an amazing colorful park in China. With lakes and beautiful hikes you will love it! The entrance fee between April 1 and November 15 is usually 220 yuan ($32USD) but with your discount you can get in for 110 yuan making it about $16 dollars! Not a bad deal!
- Anyone into amazing mountains will love Zhangjiajie — plus, you'll love the student discount. You have got to the stunning Tianmen Mountain and hike around. If you are younger than 24 with your student card, that 253 Yuan ($40) ticket price turns into a 183 ($28) ticket price. Score.
You'll also get a discount at the nearby Baofeng Lake.
- The Shanghai Wildlife Park has a 130 yuan ($18) entrance fee but you can get a discount with your card. Kayla who has been says "Be assertive and change booths if someone won't give you the discount with your ISIC card or student ID." Once you are in, you can ride elephants and cuddle with baby tigers. Read about that here.
- The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temples full of intricate carvings and over 50,000 Buddha statues. Entrance fees will be around 125RMB which is about $18 USD, but take your card and you can get a 50% discount
- Hang out with this huge Bronze Buddha in Wuxi and get a discount on the entrance tickets.
- The Terracotta Warriors; this was a bit tricky, but we eventually coaxed the vendor to give us a discount off the $23 price tag, thanks to the ISIC card and our student ID's.
Those are just a few places! Seriously just always keep your card on you. Large places like the Great Wall and smaller shows in your own city often offer student discounts. Basically anytime you pay for an entrance ticket, ask if you can get a student discount.
Here's A Tip...
These are only a few "confirmed" places where we know specific saving. A lot of attractions will say you need to be a Chinese resident student to get discounts. Even if it says that, try showing your ISIC card and see if they'll give it to you. It sometimes works and never hurts to ask!
Many volunteers have mentioned getting discounts at places like the Forbidden City, Avatar Mountains, Natural Parks and National Parks. So, like we said, just give it a try and you'll most likely be able to get discounts in a lot of other places.
One of the greatest parts about volunteering with International Language Programs (ILP) is how much time you get to spend in China. You're not just a tourist; you'll get the chance to live like a local (which we love). If you're into traveling China while you make a difference by teaching English, ILP might be the perfect program for you: