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

Should you visit Dali or Harbin?

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 Harbin 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.

Harbin

Harbin, China is the northernmost major city in the country, with a population of over 10 million. Harbin was founded in 1897 by Russia, which has resulted in a lot of Russian influence throughout the city and many Russian citizens. The city is most famous for their annual International Snow and Ice Festival, a two-month-long festival running from January through February of each year.

Which city is cheaper, Harbin 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 Harbin is $49. 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 Harbin 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $38 in Harbin For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dali $6.57
    Harbin $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dali $13
    Harbin $38

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Harbin cost around $12 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $4.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dali $7.40
    Harbin $12
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Harbin

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

  • 3-hour Private Food Tour in Harbin: $100
  • Half-Day Private Harbin Beer Museum and Food Tour Including Harbin Beer1900: $150
  • Harbin Dumpling Cooking Class: $150
  • Hot Spring Experience with Hot Pot Dinner in Harbin: $160
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World with Dinner Options: $250
  • Private Full Day Tour to Harbin Beifang Forest Zoo and Optional Seafood Dinner: $250

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 Harbin than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $1.34 on transportation in Harbin on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dali $0.65
    Harbin $1.34
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 Round-Trip Transfer Service to Shaxi Ancient Town from Dali: $88
  • Private One Way Transfer to Lijiang from Dali: $96
  • Dali Airport Chauffeur Service,Dali Airport Transfer: $40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Harbin

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

  • Shared Transfer Service to Ice and Snow World, Sun Island Snow Festival: $89
  • Shared Night Transfer Service to Harbin Ice and Snow World: $80
  • Private Transfer to Yabuli Ski Resort from Harbin City: $350
  • Private Transfer to China's Snow Town from Harbin City: $400
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Harbin Taiping International Airport(HRB): $56
  • Private HRB Airport Departure Transfer from Harbin City Hotel: $69
  • Private HRB Airport Arrival Transfer to Harbin City Hotel: $69
  • Private Full Day Transfer Service to Harbin Top Winter Attractions: $120
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Harbin Taiping International Airport(HRB): $28
  • Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Any Harbin Railway Station: $23
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin West Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $59
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin South Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $55

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 Harbin, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $47 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dali $4.65
    Harbin $47

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 Harbin

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

  • "Harbin Planning Exhibition Hall" A guide tour.: $120
  • "Visit 5 Museums in Harbin" A guide tour.: $500
  • "Visit 5 universities in Harbin" A guide tour.: $400
  • "Visit Museum of Heilongjiang" - a guide tour.: $100
  • 1-Day Harbin Private Tour: $70
  • 2 Days Private Tour to Chagan Lake Winter Fishing from Harbin: $1,500
  • 2-Day Group City Tour Package with Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: $399
  • 2-Day Harbin City Private Tour in Your Way in Winter Season: $210
  • 2-Day Harbin City Private Tour with Ice and Snow Festival with Lunch: $340
  • 2-Day Leisure Private Tour Combo Package of Harbin Including Lunch: $627
  • 2-Day Private Tour to Volcanic Vent in Wudalianchi from Harbin: $1,000
  • 2-Day Private Trip to China Snow Town and Yabuli Ski Experience from Harbin: $1,150

Alcohol

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

Typically, people visiting Harbin spend on average $7.04 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dali $2.50
    Harbin $7.04


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dali and Harbin, we can see that Harbin 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 Harbin would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Harbin than you might in Dali.

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Dali vs. Harbin Travel Comparison

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