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Jinghong, Yunnan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Jinghong?

You should plan to spend around $62 (¥450) per day on your vacation in Jinghong. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $27 (¥197) on meals
  • $25 (¥181) on local transportation
  • $40 (¥291) on hotels

A one week trip to Jinghong for two people costs, on average, $871 (¥6,303). 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
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Jinghong cost?

A one week trip to Jinghong usually costs around $436 (¥3,151) for one person and $871 (¥6,303) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Jinghong on average costs around $871 (¥6,303) for one person and $1,743 (¥12,605) 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 Jinghong will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Jinghong on average costs around $1,867 (¥13,506) for one person and $3,734 (¥27,011) 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 Jinghong 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 Jinghong expensive to visit?

Jinghong 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 falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Jinghong is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Khao Yai National Park or Sado.

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

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

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

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥291 ($40)
Local Transportation 1 ¥181 ($25)
Food 2 ¥197 ($27)
Entertainment 1 ¥66 ($9)
Alcohol 2 ¥19 - 58 ($3 - 8)
Accommodation Budget in Jinghong
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Jinghong is $20 (¥146). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Jinghong is $40 (¥291). 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 Jinghong

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Transportation Budget in Jinghong
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Jinghong is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $25 (¥181) per person, per day, on local transportation in Jinghong.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

Rental Cars in Jinghong
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Food Budget in Jinghong
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Jinghong can vary, the average cost of food in Jinghong is $27 (¥197) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Jinghong should cost around $11 (¥79) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Jinghong is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Jinghong
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Jinghong typically cost an average of $9.18 (¥66) 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 Jinghong
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $5.33 (¥39) on alcoholic beverages in Jinghong per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Jinghong On a Budget
Located in the southernmost part of the Yunnan Province, Jinghong is a city that attracts visitors each year with its rich culture and folklore, Buddhist temples, and tropical rainforest scenery of palms and mango trees amongst others. It is also an area popular with backpackers as well as a waypoint for travelers passing between China and Laos.
Jinghong and the surrounding area is a place of tropical scenery. Travel around the countryside to get a closer look at the region's magnificent rainforests and other flora native to southern Yunnan. You might even want to take a ride to the Elephant Valley Nature Reserve about an hour north of town where visitors can see wild elephants and other wildlife, enclosures for reptiles and birds, and even have the opportunity to ride an elephant at the elephant school. If you prefer not to leave Jinghong, there is also a Tropical Flower Garden as well as a Botanical Garden which exhibit some of the local plants and flowers of the region. Both are located right within the city.

In regards to architecture, Xishuangbanna Buddhist Temple is a historic landmark that has been beautifully renovated and is located inside Manting Park. The park is divided into eight parts-the main entrance, the National Cultural Plaza, the Tropical Orchid Garden, the Peacock Garden, the Life-leaving Lake, the Buddhism Cultural Quarter, the Planting Memorial Quarter, and the Dai Cultural Teahouse. Mengle Temple is the largest temple in Xishuangbanna and is located in the southern part of Jinghong.
Just outside of Jinghong, the region is scattered with minority villages where many people live the traditional way of the life as well as minority villages that exhibit more of a reconstruction with song and dance performances for tourists. All can be explored by foot or on bike. The Dai Minority Park in Ganlanba is probably the most famous, made up of several small villages most conveniently seen by renting a bicycle. Jinghong itself has a few attractions that can be reached on foot, though tuk-tuks, or auto-rickshaws, are also available. Many restaurants are located on Menglong Road and Manting Road, and there are opportunities to shop for local souvenirs and handicrafts throughout the city and surrounding villages.

Most people are drawn to Jinghong to admire its tropical scenery and explore its surrounding cultural villages. The city itself has a handful of sights worth seeing with a few historic temples, spacious parks, and beautiful gardens as well as hundreds of restaurants to indulge in and a collection of shops for your souvenir needs. Jinghong is located on the Lancang (or Mekong) River, making the riverfront a popular place to walk and take in the scenery. If you are interested in more of a hike, Mekong Cafe located on Menglong Road can organize guided treks. Many of the villages stage traditional song and dance performances that are fun to see, though a more authentic celebration takes place during the Dai New Year with dragon boating, water fights, and other festivities.
Food and Dining
Jinghong is the seat of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, whose cuisine is largely influenced by the native Dai people. The region's fertility and agricultural abundance make fruits, vegetables, and grains a big part of cooking traditions. Chili peppers, cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass, soybeans, and a plethora of herbs also add to the flavor of Dai cuisine, which is predominantly spicy and sour. Some favorite dishes include the very spicy Ghost Chicken, stir-fried wild boar with spring onions and chili peppers, and Granny's potatoes which are very similar to mashed potatoes though made with either sour pickled vegetables or spicy peppers. Pineapple rice, served hot in a hollowed out pineapple, is made with pineapple chunks, peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds, and sticky rice (sometimes purple), while the Dai people also have a local salsa made with a kind of tree tomato roasted with garlic, and mashed up with loads of fresh chili pepper, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Within the city of Jinghong there are hundreds of dining options from local dishes to western fare.

Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport, also known as Jinghong International Airport, is the main airport servicing the city. It operates daily flights from Kunming and a few other cities in China such as Chengdu, Changsha, and Shanghai.

By bus, there are over a dozen sleeper buses from Kunming Southern bus station daily with a ride taking about 8 hours. There are also buses from smaller towns though the ride can often be on rough unpaved roads through mountains, rice terraces, banana plantations, and small villages. The ride is very scenic, but also not for the faint of heart.


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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.