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Shandong, China

How much does it cost to travel to Shandong?

You should plan to spend around $52 (¥373) per day on your vacation in Shandong. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 (¥123) on meals
  • $10 (¥75) on local transportation
  • $45 (¥324) on hotels

A one week trip to Shandong for two people costs, on average, $725 (¥5,215). 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 Shandong cost?

A one week trip to Shandong usually costs around $362 (¥2,608) for one person and $725 (¥5,215) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Shandong on average costs around $725 (¥5,215) for one person and $1,449 (¥10,431) 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 Shandong will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Shandong on average costs around $1,553 (¥11,176) for one person and $3,105 (¥22,352) 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 Shandong 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 Shandong expensive to visit?

Shandong 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, Shandong 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 Shandong Expensive?

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥324 ($45)
Local Transportation 1 ¥75 ($10)
Food 2 ¥123 ($17)
Entertainment 1 ¥145 ($20)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥19 - 56 ($3 - 8)
Alcohol 2 ¥51 - 152 ($7 - 21)
Accommodation Budget in Shandong
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Shandong is $22 (¥162). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Shandong is $45 (¥324). 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 Shandong

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Transportation Budget in Shandong
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Shandong is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 (¥75) per person, per day, on local transportation in Shandong.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Shandong
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Rental Cars in Shandong
The price of renting a car in Shandong 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 Shandong
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Shandong can vary, the average cost of food in Shandong is $17 (¥123) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Shandong should cost around $6.84 (¥49) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Shandong is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Shandong
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  • Entertainment and activities in Shandong typically cost an average of $20 (¥145) 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.

Tips and Handouts Budget in Shandong
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Shandong is $5.21 (¥38) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Shandong is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Shandong
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $14 (¥101) on alcoholic beverages in Shandong per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Shandong
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  • On average, people spend $0.79 (¥5.67) on bottled water in Shandong per day. The public water in Shandong is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Shandong On a Budget
Shandong Qingdao, China
Shandong Province, China is located on the Yellow Sea in the north eastern part of the country, with the Yellow River running throughout the province. The province is known for their natural beauty, ancient temples, and pristine cities. The province as a whole does not see many tourists, so expect to get some very friendly attention, especially when traveling through smaller cities.

You'll find some of the best weather here during spring, especially in May when temperatures are in the high 60's Fahrenheit and you'll have plenty of sunshine. Shandong is in a monsoon region and does get heavy rain throughout the summer, don't let this turn you away though! Summers boast temperatures in the 80's making it a great time to visit beaches and enjoy the many summer festivals. Autumn sees comfortable temperatures and few tourist, while winters are not too bitter, seeing light snowfall and temperatures rarely going below 20 degrees.
A popular destination for many is Confucius' birthplace in the city of Qufu, where you'll find the temple and cemetery of Confucius as well as sacred buildings including the Tomb of Shaohao. In Jinan, you can explore a few of their 72 natural springs and even take a boat ride through willow trees in Daming Lake Park. Qingdao is famous for their beautiful parks where you'll find everything from botanical gardens to ancient gates and sculpture gardens. They also have great beaches that range from the more crowded, family oriented to the remote and relaxed. Weifang is home to Wei Xian Memorial, which is dedicated to those who were interned in the concentration camp there during WWII, including the Western prisoners of war. One such POW, Eric Liddell, who was portrayed in the movie Chariots of Fire, is memorialized on the plaque here.
Shandong is a fairly large province that can be divided into three main regions: Lowland, the west side that runs along the rivers; Highland, the hilly area in the center of the province; Coastal, the area on the Yellow Sea coast. The capital city of Jinan is located in the Lowland region; the city has been inhabited for over 4,000 years and is famous for having over 70 natural springs, many of which you can put your feet in on a hot summer day.

Donying is an oil rich city that attracts many Western expats and is most known for their wildlife rich wetlands. Qingdao is a beautiful, historically rich, beach town that was named China's most livable city in 2012. Weifang is a Highland city that is known as the "Kite Capital of the World" due to it's winds that make for perfect kite flying conditions. Yantai is a laid back Coastal city where you'll find a lot of expats and westerners teaching English, as well as some delicious fruit including cherries and apples.

If you're around in the springtime, you must go to the International Kite Festival in Weifang. Here, thousands of kite flyers from around the world put their kites on display through various competitions, including synchronized flying, team competitions, and basic kite displays. If, instead, you're here in August, head over to the Qungdao International Beer Festival held at the end of the month. During the day, you'll find carnival rides and games, great food, and ceremonies celebrating Qungdao's brewing history. At night, the city comes to life as various beer companies come out selling food and drink and festival goers participate in karaoke, concerts, and even auctions.
Food and Dining
The local cuisine is called Lu cai, or simply just Lu, which is one of the eight culinary traditions of China. You'll find a lot of seafood, grains such as oats and barely, potatoes, peanuts, and vinegar. There are slight variations depending on which area you're in, for example, Coastal regions tend to include scallops in a quick stir fry while Highland cities generally use more vinegar and roasting methods.

Shandong is a major wine producing region in China, most restaurans and bars will have the local choice, which is definitely worth a try! Beer is extremely popular here, especially with the Tsingtao Brewery located in Qingdao. Speaking of which, Qingdao is the major city for nightlife including big clubs and bars, while other cities tend to have smaller, more pub-like bars.

Getting into the Shandong region is easy, you have a range of options including boat, plane, train, and bus. You'll find that many of the cities have good intercity transport options, including buses and bike rentals. Taxis are also a popular choice, although be sure to have the number of the taxi company as you may have to call for one since they don't always just roam the streets. Getting between cities is often done either on train or long distance bus. If you'd like to be more adventurous, you can actually rent a motorbike to navigate between and around cities.


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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.