A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dali vs. Datong

Should you visit Dali or Datong?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dali and Datong can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dali

Dali is a city in southern China with a long and glorious history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Xiaguan neighborhood of the city is the modern industrial center where most public transportation arrives; however, the Old Town of Dali is the place that draws the most visitors. Being one of China's ancient cities, Dali is said to have been a gateway to the Silk Road, and still attracts attention with its traditional architecture, beautiful scenery, ethnic cultures, and nightlife.

Datong

If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

Which city is cheaper, Datong or Dali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dali is $19, while the average daily cost in Datong is $50. 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 Dali and Datong in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $13 in Dali For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Datong can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $21, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $42.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dali $6.57
    Datong $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dali $13
    Datong $42

Food

The average traveler spends about $7.40 per day in Dali 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.

The average traveler spends about $18 per day in Datong 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
    Dali $7.40
    Datong $18
Typical Food prices in Dali

For Dali, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $4.96
  • Breakfast
    $3.87

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dali

For Dali, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 1-Day Dali Baba Cooking and Cruise Tour: $150

Local Transportation

Dali's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $0.65 per person, per day on transportation in Dali.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Datong than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Datong on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dali $0.65
    Datong $11
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dali

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dali:


  • Local Bus
    $0.46

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dali

Also for Dali, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel and Stops at Shaxi Old Town: $150
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel: $140
  • Private One Way Transfer to Lijiang from Dali: $96
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Shaxi Ancient Town from Dali: $88
  • Dali Airport Chauffeur Service,Dali Airport Transfer: $40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Datong

Also for Datong, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29
  • Private Transfer Service from Datong to Pingyao Ancient City: $238
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Wutaishan Mountain from Datong: $190
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple and Hengshan from Datong: $70
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall: $58
  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing: $211
  • Private One Way Transfer Service to Pingyao from Datong: $179
  • Private Day tour of Datong From Beijing Including Transfer Service: $828
  • Dunhuang Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall: $100
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12
  • Datong Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Hotels: $30
  • Datong Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes: $100

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dali can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.65 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Datong, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $22 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dali $4.65
    Datong $22

Tours and Activities in Dali

For Dali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Dali Tour to Weishan Old Town and Weibaoshan Mountain: $200
  • 1 Day Dali-Shaxi Ancient Town Tour: $253
  • 1 Day Golf Tour at Dali Stone Mountain Golf Club with Sightseeing: $345
  • 1 Day Weishan Old Town Tour: $195
  • 1-Day Dali Cuisine and Cruise Tour: $203
  • 1-Day Dali Mountain and Cuisine Tour: $150
  • 1-Day Dali tour with the Daili old town, Xizhou Village and Three Pagodas: $195
  • 1-Day Electric Bike Tour in Dali: $160
  • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
  • 1-Day Liming Tour in Lijiang: $252
  • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
  • 1-day Dali Classic Tour: $247

Tours and Activities in Datong

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Datong.

  • 1 Day Tour Northern Taiwan Coast Tour: $200
  • 1-Day Pingyao tour from Datong and ends of Beijing or Xi'an by Bullet Train: $260
  • 1-Day Private Tour: Datong Highlights with the Lunch: $210
  • 2-Day Datong Tour to Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple and Pingyao Ancient City: $439
  • 2-Day Private Datong Tour:Hanging Temple, Yugang Grottoes,Wooden Pagoda and More: $336
  • 2-Day Private Tour to Sun Moon Lake and Mount Hehuan: $295
  • 2-Day Private Tour: Datong Highlights: $415
  • 2-Days Private Tour to Hanging Temple and Wutaishan from Datong with Hotel: $468
  • 3-Day Private Tour of Taroko Gorge & East Coast Scenic Area: $450
  • 3-Day Private tour: From Datong to Pingyao: $615
  • 4 Hour Private Walking Tour of the Yungang Grottoes in Datong: $101
  • 4-Day Private tour: From Datong to Pingyao: $750

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Dali spend on average $2.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Datong, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dali $2.50
    Datong $11


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dali and Datong, we can see that Datong is more expensive. And not only is Dali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dali 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 Datong would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Datong than you might in Dali.

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Dali vs. Datong Travel Comparison

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