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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Datong?

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

Where Should I go: Guangzhou or Datong?

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.

Datong

If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

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Which place is cheaper, Datong 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 Datong is $56. 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 Datong in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $57
    Datong $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $114
    Datong $46
Compare Hotels in Guangzhou and Datong

Looking for a hotel in Guangzhou or Datong? 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 Datong


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $14
    Datong $12

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
  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport : $108
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Zhuhai City Area : $104
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Private Arrival Transfer in English-speaking: Airport to Hotel: $99
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Hotel: $88
  • Guangzhou Private Transfer from Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to central Guangzhou: $87
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Datong

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

  • Chengdu: Private Round-Trip Transfer to Leshan Budda: $128
  • Datong Hanging Temple Private Transfer from Hotel or Station: $69
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer to Hanging Temple: $98
  • Flexible Private Transfer Service from Datong to Pingyao with Sightseeing Stops: $225
  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing : $211
  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29
  • Transfer from Datong Railway Stations to Hotels in City Center: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Guangzhou or Datong?

Prices for flights to both Datong 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
    Datong $20

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 walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • 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
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $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
    Datong $25

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
  • Private Tour of Foshan: The Ancestral Temple and Other Options from Guangzhou : $167
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 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
  • Ancient Foshan Day Tour from Guangzhou: $201
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110
  • Big Buddha Mountain Martial Art Culture Countryside Private Tour: $220
  • Canton Tower and Pearl River Cruise Guangzhou Private Night Tour: $140

Tours and Activities in Datong

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

  • Yungang Grottoes Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $22
  • Datong Private Self-guided Tour with Chartered Car: $26
  • YungangGrottoe HangingTemple Private Self-guided Tour by Car: $79
  • Datong Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda Self-guided Tour by Car: $95
  • 4-8 hours Private Datong Great Wall Tour: $99
  • Private Datong Day Tour Arranged by Local Tour Guide Nancy: $129
  • Datong Classic Day Tour: $135
  • Private city tour Datong Yungang grottoes and Huayan Monastery: $160
  • Private Custom Tour: Datong City in One Day: $180
  • Private day tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple& lunch: $180
  • Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong: $186
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple at Hengshan from Datong : $188

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $14
    Datong $12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guangzhou and Datong, we can see that Guangzhou is more expensive. And not only is Datong much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Datong would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Datong 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 Datong.

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


Which is Bigger, Guangzhou or Datong?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Datong. When comparing the sizes of Guangzhou and Datong, 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.