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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Dalian?

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

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 Dalian can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Guangzhou or Dalian?

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China, The Best 2-Week Tours in China, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China, and The Best Adventure Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Dalian or Guangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guangzhou is $89, while the average daily cost in Dalian is $103. 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 Guangzhou and Dalian in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $57
    Dalian $54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $114
    Dalian $108
Compare Hotels in Guangzhou and Dalian

Looking for a hotel in Guangzhou or Dalian? 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 Guangzhou


Hotels in Dalian


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $14
    Dalian $41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Private Day Tour to Zhuhai from Guangzhou by Private Transfer: $300
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $170
  • Pearl River Night Cruise with Private Transfers in Guangzhou: $129
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Private Guided Guangzhou Pearl River Cruise Tour With Hotel Transfer: $109
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Shenzhen City Area: $104
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Fast Train Ticket from Guangzhou to Hong Kong with Station Transfer in Guanghou: $95
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $71
  • Guangzhou Airport: Private Transfer to/from Guangzhou: $70
  • Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transfer: $69

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotel: $33
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $32
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $38

Is it cheaper to fly into Guangzhou or Dalian?

Prices for flights to both Dalian and Guangzhou 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Guangzhou $19
    Dalian $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Evening Food Tour Through Local Neighborhood: $65
  • Guangzhou Night View Cruise Tour with Dinner: $90
  • Private Guangzhou Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Night Cruise: $140
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • 3-Hour Guangzhou Private Cooking Class with Local Market Visit : $165
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $180
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $180
  • Cantonese Dim Sum Dinner with Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $18
    Dalian $4.78

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 4 Hours Half Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private Tour: $180
  • 4-Hour Baiyun Mountain Yuntai Garden Private Guangzhou City Tour: $180
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 5-Hour Private Guangzhou Yumcha Tasting with Local Food Market Experience : $118
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Lotus Hill and Shawan Old Town from Guangzhou: $229
  • Ancient Foshan Day Tour from Guangzhou: $201
  • Ancient Water Village Folk Houses and Wine Culture Private Tour: $220
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110

Tours and Activities in Dalian

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

  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $159

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $14
    Dalian $6.31


When comparing the travel costs between Guangzhou and Dalian, we can see that Dalian is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Guangzhou or Dalian?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 55% larger than the population of Dalian. When comparing the sizes of Guangzhou and Dalian, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Guangzhou or Dalian?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Guangzhou or Dalian in the Summer?

Both Dalian and Guangzhou during the summer are popular places to visit.

In July, Guangzhou is generally a little warmer than Dalian. Daily temperatures in Guangzhou average around 29°C (84°F), and Dalian fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

Dalian gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. Guangzhou usually gets more rain in July than Dalian. Guangzhou gets 228 mm (9 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 202 mm (8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F) 
    Dalian 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Dalian in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Guangzhou and Dalian.

Guangzhou is much warmer than Dalian in the autumn. The daily temperature in Guangzhou averages around 25°C (76°F) in October, and Dalian fluctuates around 15°C (58°F).

In October, Guangzhou usually receives more rain than Dalian. Guangzhou gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F) 
    Dalian 15°C (58°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Dalian in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Guangzhou as well as Dalian.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Dalian. In the winter, Guangzhou is much warmer than Dalian. Typically, the winter temperatures in Guangzhou in January average around 14°C (58°F), and Dalian averages at about -4°C (25°F).

Guangzhou usually gets more rain in January than Dalian. Guangzhou gets 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F) 
    Dalian -4°C (25°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Dalian in the Spring?

Both Dalian and Guangzhou are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In April, Guangzhou is generally much warmer than Dalian. Daily temperatures in Guangzhou average around 22°C (72°F), and Dalian fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It's quite rainy in Guangzhou. In April, Guangzhou usually receives more rain than Dalian. Guangzhou gets 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F) 
    Dalian 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Dalian and Guangzhou

Guangzhou Dalian
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) -4°C (25°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) -2°C (28°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Mar 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in) 4°C (38°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Apr 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in) 11°C (51°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
May 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in) 17°C (62°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in) 21°C (69°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in) 24°C (75°F) 202 mm (8 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in) 25°C (77°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Oct 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 15°C (58°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 7°C (44°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) -0°C (32°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)