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Hunan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Hunan?

You should plan to spend around $61 (¥449) per day on your vacation in Hunan. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 (¥156) on meals
  • $14 (¥104) on local transportation
  • $56 (¥407) on hotels

A one week trip to Hunan for two people costs, on average, $861 (¥6,282). 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 Hunan cost?

A one week trip to Hunan usually costs around $430 (¥3,141) for one person and $861 (¥6,282) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Hunan on average costs around $861 (¥6,282) for one person and $1,722 (¥12,564) 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 Hunan will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Hunan on average costs around $1,845 (¥13,461) for one person and $3,690 (¥26,922) 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 Hunan 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 Hunan expensive to visit?

Hunan is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in China, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Hunan is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥407 ($56)
Local Transportation 1 ¥104 ($14)
Food 2 ¥156 ($21)
Entertainment 1 ¥152 ($21)
Alcohol 2 ¥55 - 164 ($7 - 22)
Accommodation Budget in Hunan
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Hunan is $28 (¥204). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Hunan is $56 (¥407). 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 Hunan

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Transportation Budget in Hunan
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Hunan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (¥104) per person, per day, on local transportation in Hunan.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Hunan
How much does it cost to go to Hunan? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Hunan
The price of renting a car in Hunan will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Hunan
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Hunan can vary, the average cost of food in Hunan is $21 (¥156) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Hunan should cost around $8.52 (¥62) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hunan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Hunan
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Hunan typically cost an average of $21 (¥152) 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.

Alcohol Budget in Hunan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $15 (¥109) on alcoholic beverages in Hunan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Hunan On a Budget
Hunan Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
The Hunan Province, China is a large, mountainous, land locked province on the eastern side of the country. Hunan is most famous for being the Province where Mao Zedong was born in 1893 and for their incredibly beautiful Wulingyuan Scenic Area. There are many different dialects, though the most common is the Changsha dialect that stretches from the cities of Chnagsha to Xiangtan.

The climate in the Hunan Province is generally very hot and humid in the summers, with temperatures in the 90's Fahrenheit from June to September. Spring and winter can get into the low 30's with some snow in the winter. Autumn is the best time to visit, from October to November, as temperatures are cool and there is not much rain.
One of the more popular sights in Hunan is the birth place of Mao Zedong in the village of Shaoshan. You can visit his ancestral family home, see the Mao statue I the center of town, and tour the museum dedicated to him. In Hengyang, you'll find Mount Heng, one of China's Five Sacred Mountains. Spend a day exploring the mountain then head over to Dongzhou Island for to relax in a peaceful atmosphere while taking in stunning views.

In Changde, you'll find the famous Poem Wall which stretches for miles along the river bank and is especially beautiful at night when it is lit up with multicolored lights. The city of Fenghuang is a beautifully preserved ancient city where you can explore the stunning Hong Rainbow Bridge, the ancient East Gate Tower, and the traditional stilt houses. You can purchase a "through ticket" which is essentially a pass to get you into each attraction. There are three different price levels for the passes, with the cheapest getting you into the smaller attractions and the most expensive including every site in the city, and even some outside of it.
The capital city of the Hunan Province is Changsha, a lively city where Mao Zedong began his political career. Changsha is a fantastic place to begin your exploration of the province as you get a mix of both urban and natural landscapes. Hengyang is the second largest city in Hunan with a lengthy history dating back six thousand years and a lot of natural landscape.

Fenghuang is a beautiful city with plenty of well-preserved ancient sights to see, including the Southern Great Wall. Shaoshan is a small town famous for being the birthplace of Mao Zedong, hence the dozens of buildings and monuments dedicated to him. Changde is a large city known for their high fashion walking street called Buxingjie.

One of the most popular activities is exploring Wulingyuan Scenic Area, located inside the Zhangjiajie National Park. You can hike one of the many trails or even take a cable car up to the look out spots for some truly breathtaking views. Continue enjoying the natural beauty of Hunan by taking a relaxing boat ride on the river in Fenghuang where you will get beautiful views of the city from the water.

If you're around in September, check out the Orange Isle Music Festival which features bands mostly from China or Taiwan during a two-day long music extravaganza. While in Changde, definitely check out Bin Lake Park which is home to a variety of carnival games and rides, including bumper cars and paddle boats.
Food and Dining
Hunan is famous for their spicy food, adding a kick to everything from their grilled meats to fried potatoes. For a combination of local and international fare, head to Changsha which has options ranging from street food vendors to five star restaurants. Specialties across the province include: stick tofu, spicy freshwater snails, and fish head stewed with tofu.

Changsha is also a hot spot for night life, with Jifang West Road being the spot for nightclubs while Taiping Street has more relaxed bars. Fenghuang is also a fun spot for nightlife, with the streets along the river coming to life at night as the karaoke bars open.

It is important to note that there are only domestic airports in this province, although international airports are, for the most part, within an hour's drive to major cities in Hunan. You can also get in by train or bus, the trains can be extremely efficient and often very low cost.

Getting around each city varies depending on its size. For the most part, walking and taking taxis are the easiest options. When taking a taxi, try to have the address written in Chinese so that the driver knows exactly where to go. Public transport is often readily available, although buses do become extremely crowded, so do prepare for limited breathing room!


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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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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