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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Dali?

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 Guangzhou and Dali can help you decide which place is right for you.

Guangzhou

With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Dali or Guangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guangzhou is $80, while the average daily cost in Dali is $19. 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 Guangzhou and Dali in more detail.



Accommodation

Guangzhou's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $102. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $51.

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


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $51
    Dali $6.57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $102
    Dali $13

Food

The average traveler spends about $17 per day in Guangzhou 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 $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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guangzhou $17
    Dali $7.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Pearl River Night Dinner Cruise in Guangzhou: $73
  • The Great Guangzhou Food Tour with Authentic Flavors: $81
  • From Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $87
  • Guangzhou Night View Cruise Tour with Dinner: $90
  • Guangzhou Night Tour of Pearl River Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $91
  • Night Pearl River Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $98
  • Cantonese Dim Sum Dinner with Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou: $139
  • Private Guangzhou food tour: $150
  • Half day private layover tour with Cantonese dim sum lunch/dinner: $160
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Pearl River Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner: $160
  • 3-Hour Guangzhou Private Cooking Class with Local Market Visit: $161
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $166

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

The cost of a taxi ride in Guangzhou is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guangzhou.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $13
    Dali $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport: $101
  • Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Guangzhou: $50
  • Transfer from Guangzhou (CAN) to Guangzhou: $56
  • Ticket to Chimelong International Circus with Hotel Transfer Service: $116
  • Round Trip Private Transfer Guangzhou CAN Airport to Guangzhou by Car or Minivan: $105
  • Round Trip Private Transfer Guangzhou CAN Airport to Guangzhou City by Minibus: $508
  • Private transfer: Guangzhou to Guangzhou International Airport (CAN): $37
  • Private transfer: Guangzhou International Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou: $37
  • Private transfer service from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (7-seater Alphard van): $495
  • Private airport transfer to or from Guangzhou International Airport max 15: $27
  • Private airport transfer to or from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Max15: $26
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: $37

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:

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

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Guangzhou typically cost an average of $16 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $16
    Dali $4.65

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • 1 Day Classic Tour in Guangzhou China: $154
  • 1 Day Guangzhou City Highlight Layover Tour from Airport: $276
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 10-Day Private Tour from Guangzhou to Guilin and Nanning: $2,460
  • 10-Day Private Tour from Guangzhou to Yangshuo and Nanning by car: $2,560
  • 2 Days Guangzhou Private Tour from Airport: $527
  • 2-Day Beijing Private Flexible Tour with Great Wall from Guangzhou by Air: $741
  • 2-Day PRI Tour to Kulangsu Island and Tulou by Round-way Flight from Guangzhou: $1,096
  • 2-Day Private Customized Harbin Tour from Guangzhou by Air: $1,118
  • 2-Day Private Danxia Mountain and Nanhua Monastery Tour From Guangzhou by Bullet Train: $594
  • 2-Day Private Guilin & Yangshuo tour from Guangzhou: $485

Tours and Activities in Dali

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

  • Half-Day Shangri-La Thangka Tour: $88
  • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
  • One day tour to Rehai Hot Sea and Heshun Old Town in Tengchong: $149
  • 1-Day Dali Mountain and Cuisine Tour: $150
  • 1-Day Electric Bike Tour in Dali: $160
  • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
  • Private Tour: Explore the Ancient City of Dali: $171
  • Private Day Tour of Dali Explore the Ancient City: $171
  • Private hiking and trekking tour to Cangshan Mountain from Dali: $175
  • Private tour to Xizhou old town local market Erhai lake three Pagodas from Dali: $184
  • Dali Private Tour to Xizhou Ancient Town and Erhai Lake: $186
  • 1-Day Dali tour with the Daili old town, Xizhou Village and Three Pagodas: $195

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Guangzhou may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $13 per day on alcoholic beverages.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $13
    Dali $2.50


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

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