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

Should you visit Deqin or Shenzhen?

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 Shenzhen. 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 Shenzhen?


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.


Located in the Guangdong Province of southeastern China, Shenzhen is a metropolis that connects Hong Kong to China's mainland. It is one of China's most populous cities, inhabited by vast array of people from other Chinese regions.  It is perhaps best known for it shopping, collection of amusement parks, green parks, museums and galleries, and a few historic sites. It is on UNESCO's Creative Cities list.

Which place is cheaper, Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen is $124. 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 Shenzhen in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Deqin $35
    Shenzhen $90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Deqin $70
    Shenzhen $180
Compare Hotels in Deqin and Shenzhen

Looking for a hotel in Deqin or Shenzhen? 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 Shenzhen

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Deqin $18
    Shenzhen $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shenzhen

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

  • Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to Hong Kong Airport (HKG) -Departure Private Transfer : $45
  • A One-Way Hotel Pick-Up Transfer to Hong Kong Disneyland: $33
  • A One-Way Hotel Pick-Up Transfer to Ocean Park Hong Kong: $26
  • A Premium Airport Transfer Service, Meet us at the Arrival Hall!: $131
  • Arrival Transfer: Hong Kong Cruise Port to Hong Kong City by Business Car: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer Hong Kong City to Cruise Port by Business Car: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer: Hong Kong City to Train Station by Business Car: $74
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $71
  • HK Airport to Cruise Terminal Rounded-Trip Private Transfer by Lexus Luxury Car: $140
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Hong Kong - Arrival Private Transfer: $65
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Hong Kong -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $130
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Hong Kong hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $119

Is it cheaper to fly into Deqin or Shenzhen?

Prices for flights to both Shenzhen 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
    Shenzhen $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shenzhen

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

  • Vegetarian Food Tour: $77
  • Hong Kong Island Food Tour with Secret Menu: $87
  • Wet market tour & cooking class with local mum: $90
  • Hong Kong Guided Dinner + Laser Show Lounge Entry (2023) | 200+ booked : $100
  • Small-Group Hong Kong Island Food Tour: $107
  • Hong Kong Food Tour: Sham Shui Po District: $108
  • Hong Kong Food Tour: Central and Sheung Wan Districts: $108
  • Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option: $108
  • Traditional Chinese Pun Chio cooking class in Hong Kong for private groups: $112
  • Small Group Local Market Walking Tour and Chinese Cooking Class in Hong Kong: $131
  • Private Food Tour With the Locals in Hong Kong: $143
  • Hong Kong Private Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $148

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Deqin $13
    Shenzhen $17

Tours and Activities in Shenzhen

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

  • Skip the Line! Walk to the Peak: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • Victoria Peak: Climb to the summit via the Mid-Levels escalato on an audio tour: $5.40
  • Yau Ma Tei: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in the Heart of Kowloon: $5.40
  • Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Hong Kong Airport Express E-Ticket : $14
  • **HK Resident Offer**sky100 Admission Ticket Offer [F-HC_HK]: $14
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets(Avoid Heavy Traffic): $15
  • [Entry After 6pm] sky100 Min. 2pax Ticket Offer (F-ID_2P): $16
  • Lovely Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $16
  • Walking Tour in Hong Kong - Local Experience (New & Best) : $17
  • sky100 Tales of Hongkong Admission Ticket : $19
  • sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Tickets: $20

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Deqin $11
    Shenzhen $19

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

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

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