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Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China

How much does it cost to travel to Guangzhou?

You should plan to spend around $89 (¥642) per day on your vacation in Guangzhou. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $19 (¥140) on meals
  • $14 (¥102) on local transportation
  • $115 (¥829) on hotels

A one week trip to Guangzhou for two people costs, on average, $1,249 (¥8,989). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Guangzhou cost?

A one week trip to Guangzhou usually costs around $624 (¥4,494) for one person and $1,249 (¥8,989) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Guangzhou on average costs around $1,249 (¥8,989) for one person and $2,498 (¥17,977) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Guangzhou will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Guangzhou on average costs around $2,676 (¥19,261) for one person and $5,352 (¥38,523) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Guangzhou has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Guangzhou expensive to visit?

Prices in Guangzhou are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Guangzhou is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Nara or Atami.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Guangzhou Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Guangzhou?

The average Guangzhou trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Guangzhou travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥829 ($115)
Local Transportation 1 ¥102 ($14)
Food 2 ¥140 ($19)
Entertainment 1 ¥128 ($18)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥23 - 69 ($3 - 10)
Alcohol 2 ¥52 - 155 ($7 - 22)
Accommodation Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Guangzhou is $58 (¥414). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Guangzhou is $115 (¥829). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Guangzhou

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Transportation Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Guangzhou is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (¥102) per person, per day, on local transportation in Guangzhou.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Guangzhou can vary, the average cost of food in Guangzhou is $19 (¥140) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Guangzhou should cost around $7.79 (¥56) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Guangzhou is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Guangzhou typically cost an average of $18 (¥128) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Guangzhou is $6.41 (¥46) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Guangzhou is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Guangzhou
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $14 (¥103) on alcoholic beverages in Guangzhou per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Guangzhou On a Budget
Guangzhou Guangzhou, China
With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.
While the city beholds a beautiful modern skyline reflecting grandly in the Pearl River, there are a number of sights within the city just as striking. One significant landmark includes the 19th century architecture of the Chen Clan Academy, once owned by the wealthy Chen family and now displaying a number of ivory sculpture and artistic statues. Shamian Island, just outside of the bustling metropolis, also exhibits impressive architecture of the colonial era including the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel. And then there is Canton Tower-the tallest structure in China, featuring an observation deck, restaurants, a 4-D theatre, and other entertainment.

As far as religious sites go, there are many temples throughout Guagzhou, significant of local culture. Bright Filial Piety Temple (or Guangxiao Temple) is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the Lingnan Area, making it a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. Liurong Temple, also known as the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. It also includes the 17-story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years.

There are also a few traditional villages on the outskirts of the city for those interested in local culture and history, as well as museums and galleries dedicated to the same. Not to mention, endless opportunities for shopping.
Guangzhou is divided into ten districts. Among them, Yuexiu, Liwan, and Tianhe make up the City Center.

Yuexiu has been central to the city's culture since its founding in 214 BC. Some of its highlights include Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou Museum located at Zhanhai Tower, Orchid Garden, Mausoleum of Nanyue King, Guangxiao Temple, Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Huangsheng Mosque, Beijing Lu Shopping District, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Temple of Five Rams, and Shishi Cathedral.
Liwan is on the north side of the Pearl River and makes up the old Guangzhou area. Some attractions include the colonial Shamian Island, Xiguan Old Houses, Xiangxiajiu shopping Street, and Liziwan Lake Park, and Chen Clan Academy.

Tianhe is the city's business district with many skyscrapers and shopping centers, as well as the transportation hub for trains to Hong Kong. Highlights of Tianhe include Guangdong Museum, Central Library, Opera House, and Shipai village.

Panyu, just outside the city center, is also popular with a number of theme parks as well as historic villages and towns that exemplify the traditional lifestyle of southern China.

In addition to sightseeing, museums, galleries, and temples, Guagzhou also has many historic parks for a little escape from the bustle of the city. Yuexiu Park is the largest urban park in China, covering a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes. It is home to the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower as well as the Guangzhou Museum with relics on five floors dating back 5,000 years and an up-to-date miniature of modern Guangzhou. For more information, see this great guide to things to do in Guangzhou.

Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain) also offers opportunities for some outdoor adventure just outside the city, with trails, recreation activities, and a beautiful view of Guangzhou from above.

Theme parks are also popular and include Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou CrocoPark, Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park, and the Chimelong International Circus.
Food and Dining
Specialties of Guangzhou largely consist of Cantonese cuisine, which is well known for its fragrance, taste, and presentation. Dim sum, a kind of bite size snack, is especially popular and comes in many varieties, some of which include shrimp dumpling and steamed shaomai. Cantonese cuisine is also famed as one of the most adventurous kinds of dining, as it can include absolutely any kind of animal and all of its parts. Liver, kidneys, heart and even brain-nothing is wasted in Cantonese cooking. Dishes are sure to include an expansive and exotic range of ingredients. Duck, chicken, pork, and seafood are common. As far as desserts go, they are mostly pudding or custard like with flavors including ginger, red or green bean, and black sesame.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is a major travel hub in southern China, second to Hong Kong. The airport is home base to China Southern Airlines and also hosts a wide range of other airlines from international destinations. It is located about 28 km (17 mi) north if central Guangzhou.

From the airport, the most convenient way into the city is by Metro Line 3. The lower level of the airport terminal leads to the Airport South Metro station. Taxis and airport buses are also available.

Trains are available from Hong Hong to the Guangzhou East Railway Station. There is also the Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangzhou South Railway Station with other destinations.

It location on the Pearl River also allows for transportation by boat or ferry.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.