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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Shenyang?

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

Where Should I go: Guangzhou or Shenyang?

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.

Shenyang

Shenyang, China is the capital, and largest, city in the Liaoning Province in northwest China which borders North Korea. Shenyang has a long, imperial, history and is the birthplace of the Qing Dynasty. The city has a blend of beautifully preserved architecture and modern buildings, creating a pleasant atmosphere for exploring!

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Historical Tours in China, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, The Best 2-Week Tours in China, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China.


Which place is cheaper, Shenyang or Guangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guangzhou is $88, while the average daily cost in Shenyang is $70. 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 Shenyang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $57
    Shenyang $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $114
    Shenyang $80
Compare Hotels in Guangzhou and Shenyang

Looking for a hotel in Guangzhou or Shenyang? 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 Shenyang


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $14
    Shenyang $19

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 : $108
  • Shenzhen Day Tour from Guangzhou by Round Way Private Transfer: $255
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou hotel: $33
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou city hotels to Shekou Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Int Airport to Shekou Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Int Airport (CAN) to Shekou Port: $69
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: $88
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou City Center to South Railway Station: $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Hotel: $88
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Zhuhai City Area : $104
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park and City Center: $38

Is it cheaper to fly into Guangzhou or Shenyang?

Prices for flights to both Shenyang 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
    Shenyang $18

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
  • Guangzhou walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Cruise: $108
  • Private Guangzhou Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Night Cruise: $119
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $130
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $130
  • 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
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $199
  • Private City Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $215

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $18
    Shenyang $7.67

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
  • 4 Hours Half Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private Tour: $145
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 4-Hour Private Tour to Museum of Nanyue King & Academy of Clan Chen in Guangzhou: $91
  • 5-Hour Private Day Tour to Visit Unique Architecture in Guangzhou: $130
  • 6-Hour Half Day Private Tour to Guangdong Romance Park: $187
  • 6-Hour Private Tour for Layover Travellers via Guangzhou Airport: $145
  • 8-Hour Private Tour to National Natural Reserve-Dinghu Mountain: $159
  • 9-Hour Gulong Gorge and Huangteng Gorge Glass Bridge Private Tour: $159
  • All-inclusive Guangzhou Historic City Private Day Tour: $192
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $14
    Shenyang $5.80


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

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


Which is Bigger, Guangzhou or Shenyang?

Shenyang has a larger population, and is about 11% larger than the population of Guangzhou. When comparing the sizes of Guangzhou and Shenyang, 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 Shenyang?

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 Shenyang in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Guangzhou as well as Shenyang.

In the summer, Guangzhou is a little warmer than Shenyang. Typically, the summer temperatures in Guangzhou in July average around 29°C (84°F), and Shenyang averages at about 25°C (77°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Shenyang. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Guangzhou this time of the year. In the summer, Guangzhou often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 220 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Shenyang receives 214 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Shenyang. Guangzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Guangzhou usually gets more rain in July than Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 228 mm (9 in) of rain, while Shenyang receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F) 
    Shenyang 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Shenyang in the Autumn?

Both Shenyang and Guangzhou are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In October, Guangzhou is generally much warmer than Shenyang. Daily temperatures in Guangzhou average around 25°C (76°F), and Shenyang fluctuates around 10°C (51°F).

It's quite sunny in Shenyang. Guangzhou usually receives less sunshine than Shenyang during autumn. Guangzhou gets 192 hours of sunny skies, while Shenyang receives 216 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Guangzhou usually receives more rain than Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Shenyang receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F) 
    Shenyang 10°C (51°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Shenyang in the Winter?

Both Shenyang and Guangzhou during the winter are popular places to visit.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Shenyang. Guangzhou is much warmer than Shenyang in the winter. The daily temperature in Guangzhou averages around 14°C (58°F) in January, and Shenyang fluctuates around -11°C (13°F).

In the winter, Guangzhou often gets less sunshine than Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 133 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Shenyang receives 167 hours of full sun.

Guangzhou usually gets more rain in January than Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Shenyang receives 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F) 
    Shenyang -11°C (13°F)

Should I visit Guangzhou or Shenyang in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Guangzhou and Shenyang.

In the spring, Guangzhou is much warmer than Shenyang. Typically, the spring temperatures in Guangzhou in April average around 22°C (72°F), and Shenyang averages at about 10°C (50°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Shenyang this time of the year. Guangzhou usually receives less sunshine than Shenyang during spring. Guangzhou gets 78 hours of sunny skies, while Shenyang receives 241 hours of full sun in the spring.

Guangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Guangzhou usually receives more rain than Shenyang. Guangzhou gets 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain, while Shenyang receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F) 
    Shenyang 10°C (50°F)

Typical Weather for Shenyang and Guangzhou

Guangzhou Shenyang
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) -11°C (13°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Feb 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) -7°C (19°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)
Mar 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in) 1°C (34°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)
Apr 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in) 10°C (50°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in) 25°C (77°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in) 24°C (75°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Oct 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (51°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 1°C (34°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) -7°C (19°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)