A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dalian vs. Chengdu

Should you visit Dalian or Chengdu?

Should I visit Dalian or Chengdu? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Dalian

Dalian, China is a very large peninsula city located in the southernmost part of the Liaoning Province in northeast China. The area has a wealth of history, with roots in Russian and Japanese rule, resulting in unique architecture and many universities that attract foreign students and teachers. Dalian is also known for their beautiful green spaces and relaxing beaches which juxtapose a lot of the more industrial cities found throughout other areas of northern China.

Chengdu

Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

Which city is cheaper, Chengdu or Dalian?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dalian is $92, while the average daily cost in Chengdu is $45. 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 Dalian and Chengdu in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $98 in Dalian For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in Chengdu.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dalian $49
    Chengdu $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dalian $98
    Chengdu $38

Food

In Dalian travelers spend around $24 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.

Food in Chengdu costs travelers about $19 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dalian $24
    Chengdu $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Food and Cooking experiences in Chengdu: $51
  • Half Day Tour Chengdu Courtyard Cooking Class and Local Spice Market: $56
  • Sichuan cooking class half day tour: $56
  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Half-Day Small Group Sichuan Cuisine Museum Tour with Cooking Class: $64
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $70
  • Authentic Chengdu Local Food Tour: $73
  • Half-Day Private Sichuan Hot-Pot Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $78
  • Half-Day Sichuan Cooking Class Experience in Chengdu: $87
  • Half day Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class Tour: $96
  • Private tour to Panda Base and Cooking class in Chengdu: $98

Local Transportation

Dalian'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 $36 per person, per day on transportation in Dalian.

The average price of local transportation around Chengdu is $5.33 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.
    Dalian $36
    Chengdu $5.33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $30
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport from Dalian Downtown: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $32
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • Private Transfer from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Valley hotel: $350
  • Downtown to Leshan or Mount Emei round way transfer for 2-day service: $251
  • Jiuzhaigou Airport Pick-up&Drop-off Transfer: $223
  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Leshan Giant buddha with Round Airport Transfer: $200
  • Downtown to Mountain Emei round way transfer for one day service: $189
  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $187
  • Downtown to Leshan round way transfer for one day service: $172
  • Private Transfer from Chengdu to Mount Emei and Stops at Leshan Giant Buddha: $150
  • Panda Volunteer Porgram at Dujiangyan Panda Base with Private Guide & Transfer: $145
  • Chengdu Private Round Trip Transfer to Emei Mountain: $128
  • Chengdu Private Round Trip Transfer to Leshan Grand Buddha: $118
  • Downtown to Dujiangyan round way transfer: $117

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dalian can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.29 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Chengdu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.
    Dalian $4.29
    Chengdu $14

Tours and Activities in Dalian

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

  • Dalian City Highlight Private Day tour: $73
  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $150
  • Flexible Dalian City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $188
  • Private Dalian Night Tour: $200
  • Private 2 Day Tour of Dalian City: $250
  • All Inclusive Private Lushun(Port Arthur) Full-Day Tour: $300
  • All-Inclusive Private Dalian Port Layover Tour with Lunch: $300
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour of Beijing City Highlights from Dalian by Air: $738
  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 4 Days Private History and Culture Tour of Beijing and Xi'an: $1,088
  • All Inclusive 3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an and Beijing from Dalian with Hotel: $1,278
  • 7-Day Private China Tour from Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai: $2,328

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • 1 Day Chengdu Private Tour to Chengdu Panda Base & City Highlights Visiting: $163
  • 1 Day Leshan Giant Buddha and Tea Terrace in Lost Town Tour: $160
  • 1 Day Wolong Panda Nature Reserve Tour: $218
  • 1-Day Chengdu Ancient History and Culture City Tour: $175
  • 1-Day Chengdu Cultural Discovery:Jinsha,Shu Brocade Museum & Dufu Cottage Tour: $184
  • 1-Day Chengdu Cultural Tour: Ancient Poets and Temples: $184
  • 1-Day Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour With the Lunch and Boat tour: $236
  • 1-Day Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha GROUP Tour: $140
  • 1-Day Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour with the Lunch: $240
  • 1-Day Chengdu Panda Research Base and Sanxingdui Archeological Museum Tour: $250
  • 1-Day Chengdu Private Tour: Dujiangyan Ancient River Irrigation and Temple Site: $208
  • 1-Day Chengdu tour with Panda Base, Renmin Park,Wenshu Temple and Hot Pot Lunch: $188

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dalian, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.67.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chengdu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.53 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dalian $5.67
    Chengdu $3.53

Sample the Local Flavors in Chengdu

Also in Chengdu, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Half Day Explore Chinese White Wine Distillery in Chengdu: $128


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

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Dalian vs. Chengdu Travel Comparison

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