A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Chongqing vs. Shangri-La

Should you visit Chongqing or Shangri-La?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Chongqing and Shangri-La. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Chongqing

Chongqing, China is a large city in central China and one of only four cities in the country that are not part of a province. While Chongqing is famous for being an economically important city, brush away its industrial surface and you'll find a naturally beautiful city with plenty of hidden wonders. Although you'll find many expats in the city, English is rarely spoken, meaning knowing some basic Mandarin will come in handy.

Shangri-La

The original Shangri-La existed in the fictional world of James Hilton's novel "The Lost Horizon." It was a hidden paradise, a place so beautiful that it couldn't possibly exist on earth. The Shangri-La that exists in Yunnan, China today was renamed from its former title Zhongdian in 2001 in order to associate the place with the mystical allure created in Hilton's novel. Visitors come to admire the traditional monasteries and temples set against a backdrop of mountain preserves and pristine lakes.

Which city is cheaper, Shangri-La or Chongqing?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Chongqing is $78, while the average daily cost in Shangri-La is $17. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Chongqing and Shangri-La in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $90 for a double occupancy room in Chongqing.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.95. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Shangri-La the cost is $7.90 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chongqing $45
    Shangri-La $3.95
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chongqing $90
    Shangri-La $7.90


Food

In Chongqing travelers spend around $22 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about $11 per day in Shangri-La for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chongqing $22
    Shangri-La $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chongqing

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Chongqing.

  • Chongqing Liangjiang Night Cruise Including Authentic Hot Pot Dinner: $86
  • Chongqing City private night tour with Hot Pot dinner: $148
  • Chongqing Port Transfer Service with Half-Day Tour and Hot Pot Dinner: $193
  • From Port Transfer with Half Day Tour and Hot Pot Dinner: $197
  • 250 USD Per Group Private Chongqing Night Tour with Hot-pot Dinner: $213


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $17 per day to get around in Chongqing.

The average price of local transportation around Shangri-La is $0.16 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chongqing $17
    Shangri-La $0.16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chongqing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chongqing:

  • Private airport transfer to or from Chongqing International Airport max 5: $14
  • Private airport transfer to or from Chongqing International Airport max 5: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport(CKG) to Hotel: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) to Hotel: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG): $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Any Chongqing Railway Station to Hotel: $24
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Any Railway Station in Chongqing: $24
  • Private Transfer from Chongqing hotel to Chongqing Train Station: $25
  • Dunhuang Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Hotels: $26
  • China Private Jiangbei Airport(CKG) transfer to/from Chongqing city: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Pier: $39


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Chongqing. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Shangri-La's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.03 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chongqing $12
    Shangri-La $9.03

Tours and Activities in Chongqing

Here are a few actual costs in Chongqing for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Chongqing Day Tour: Panda, E'ling Park, Three Gorges Museum: $99
  • One-Day Tour: Classic Chongqing: $110
  • 1 Day Private Tour of Chongqing Highlights Including lunch and Optional Photo in Sichuan Opera Costume: $114
  • Chongqing Tour: Ciqikou Old Town, Hongya Dong and People’s Auditorium: $117
  • Private Chongqing Illuminated Night Tour: $118
  • city tour of chongqing: $120
  • Flexible Private Chongqing Layover Tour: $124
  • Private Dazu Day Tour from Chongqing: $124
  • Private Amazing Chongqing City Day Tour in Your Way: $130
  • Chongqing Half Day Morning Private Tour including Eling Park & Chongqing Museum: $135
  • Private Sightseeing Tour of Chongqing City Including Hot Pot Lunch: $138
  • Private Tour:One-day Chongqing Highlights Tour with a Hot Pot Lunch: $138


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chongqing may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.28 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $15 on alcoholic beverages in Shangri-La per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chongqing $6.28
    Shangri-La $15



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chongqing and Shangri-La, we can see that Chongqing is more expensive. And not only is Shangri-La much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Shangri-La would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Shangri-La and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Chongqing would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chongqing than you might in Shangri-La.

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