A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guangzhou vs. Shangri-La

Should you visit Guangzhou or Shangri-La?

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 Shangri-La 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.

Shangri-La

The original Shangri-La existed in the fictional world of James Hilton's novel "The Lost Horizon." It was a hidden paradise, a place so beautiful that it couldn't possibly exist on earth. The Shangri-La that exists in Yunnan, China today was renamed from its former title Zhongdian in 2001 in order to associate the place with the mystical allure created in Hilton's novel. Visitors come to admire the traditional monasteries and temples set against a backdrop of mountain preserves and pristine lakes.

Which city is cheaper, Shangri-La or Guangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guangzhou is $81, while the average daily cost in Shangri-La is $17. 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 Shangri-La in more detail.




Accommodation

Guangzhou's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $104. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $52.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.95. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Shangri-La the cost is $7.90 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $52
    Shangri-La $3.95
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $104
    Shangri-La $7.90


Food

The average traveler spends about $18 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 $11 per day in Shangri-La 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 $18
    Shangri-La $11

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


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.

The average price of local transportation around Shangri-La is $0.16 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $13
    Shangri-La $0.16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Guangzhou Baiyun Int. Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou: $22
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Guangzhou to Guangzhou Baiyun Int. Airport (CAN): $22
  • Private airport transfer to or from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Max15: $26
  • Private airport transfer to or from Guangzhou International Airport max 15: $27
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Guangzhou Transfer, Pickup: $27
  • Guangzhou Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $32
  • Canton Fair Private Transfer between Guangzhou City Center and Pazhou Complex: $32
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou hotel: $33
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport(CAN) to Hotel: $33
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport(CAN): $33
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Guangzhou Transfer, Pickup: $36
  • Private transfer: Guangzhou International Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou: $37


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.

Shangri-La's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.03 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $16
    Shangri-La $9.03

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • 4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour: $30
  • Guangzhou City Walk - One Day Eating Tour - Small Group: $53
  • 4-hour Fascinating Guangzhou Nightlife Tour: $60
  • Private Guangzhou night tour with Pearl River Cruise and Canton Tower: $60
  • Guangzhou Half Day Layover Bus Tour: $70
  • Self-Guided Guangzhou City Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $71
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $73
  • Guangzhou half day private tour with public transportation: $75
  • Private half day shopping tour in Guangzhou: $75
  • Explore the best views of Shenzhen bay and experience the night: $77
  • Flexible Private Guangzhou Shopping Tour with Local Shopping Guru: $77
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Tour: $77


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.

The average person spends about $15 on alcoholic beverages in Shangri-La per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $13
    Shangri-La $15



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

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