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

Should you visit Deqin or Chengdu?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Deqin and Chengdu. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Deqin or Chengdu?


Highly influenced by Tibet, Deqin is both a county and a town located in the Hengduanshan Mountains of China's Yunnan province. Most people visit the area as a home base from which to hike into the surrounding mountains, though the temples and traditional villages also add to the allure of the area.


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 place is cheaper, Chengdu or Deqin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Deqin is $64, while the average daily cost in Chengdu is $51. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Deqin and Chengdu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Deqin $35
    Chengdu $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Deqin $70
    Chengdu $42
Compare Hotels in Deqin and Chengdu

Looking for a hotel in Deqin or Chengdu? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Deqin

Hotels in Chengdu

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Deqin $18
    Chengdu $5.97

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Leshan Giant buddha with Round Airport Transfer: $205
  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $192
  • Airport transfer between Tianfu(TFU) and Chengdu downtown: $65
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Executive Sedan: $103
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Standard Car: $53
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu by Business Minivan: $112
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu by Minivan: $61
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Chengdu City to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $19
  • Chengdu Panda & Giant Buddha Day Tour With Private Transfer: $240
  • Chengdu Private Transfer from Chengdu central to Chengdu Airport (CTU): $81

Is it cheaper to fly into Deqin or Chengdu?

Prices for flights to both Chengdu and Deqin change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Deqin $16
    Chengdu $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Sichuan Opera Face-Changing Show And Hotpot Dinner Evening Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Sichuan cooking class half day tour: $60
  • Chengdu evening food tour by local guide: $61
  • Half day Chengdu Dumpling making Cooking Class: Make from Scratch: $62
  • Discovery more Chengdu evening food tour with locals : $65
  • Tuktuk Food Tour Through Chengdu's Local Eats: $69
  • Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $69
  • Half-Day Dandan Noodles Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $70
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $72
  • Half-Day Chengdu Farm Cooking Class & Spice Market Exploration: $75

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Deqin $13
    Chengdu $16

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • local people's opera house experience: $10
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Tour+Optional Guide or Driver: $17
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Tour+Optional Guide or Driver: $18
  • Skip the Line: Ticket to Face Changing Sichuan Opera: $19
  • Skip the Line: Best Sichuan Opera Show in Chengdu Ticket: $19
  • Skip the Line: Sichuan Opera Chengdu Ticket: $21
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Show Ticket & Chinese Tea & Massage: $25
  • Panda Breeding Center (Panda Base) & Taoism temple tour: $28
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Evening Show Ticket-Shu Feng Yan Yun : $29
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Evening Show Ticket - Shu Feng Yan Yun: $29

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Deqin $11
    Chengdu $3.96

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Deqin Expensive? and Is Chengdu Expensive?.