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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Zhangjiajie?

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 Zhangjiajie 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.

Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie, China is a picturesque city located in the northwest of the Hunan Province. This ancient city, which dates all the way back to the Stone Age, is famous for being home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie is also known for being a popular filming location and and overall great place to escape the bustling Chinese cities. Zhangjiajie has its own dialect, which is a branch of the Hunan and Southern dialects, so Mandarin does not always translate when trying to speak to locals here.

Which city is cheaper, Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Guangzhou and Zhangjiajie 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Zhangjiajie, $54 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Zhangjiajie, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $27, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $51
    Zhangjiajie $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $102
    Zhangjiajie $54

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.

Zhangjiajie food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guangzhou $17
    Zhangjiajie $18

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zhangjiajie

For Zhangjiajie, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Full-Day Private Discovery Tour to Tianmen Mountain National Park with Dinner: $175
  • 1 Day Zhangjiajie Private Tour Visit Avatar Mount and Tianzi Mount with Dinner: $186

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Zhangjiajie than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $13 on transportation in Zhangjiajie on average per day.


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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Private Day Trip Of Beijing From Your Guangzhou's hotel Including Transfer Service: $1,300
  • Round Trip Private Transfer Guangzhou CAN Airport to Guangzhou City by Minibus: $508
  • Private transfer service from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (7-seater Alphard van): $495
  • Guangzhou & Fushan to Hong Kong Private Transfer: $422
  • Private Transfer From Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Hong Kong City: $179
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport: $169
  • Private Airport Transfer From Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Guangzhou City: $155
  • Chimelong Circus Show with Private Transfer in Guangzhou: $139
  • Ticket to Chimelong International Circus with Hotel Transfer Service: $116
  • Private Guided Guangzhou Pearl River Cruise Tour With Hotel Transfer: $109
  • Round Trip Private Transfer Guangzhou CAN Airport to Guangzhou by Car or Minivan: $105
  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport: $101

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zhangjiajie

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Zhangjiajie DYG Airport to Wulingyuan Area Hotel: $53
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG) to Hotel: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer from Wulingyuan Area to Zhangjiajie Airport: $55
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG): $17
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG): $34
  • Private Transfer From Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang Ancient Town (Phoenix Town): $233
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie Hotel to Fenghuang hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie Train Station to Fenghuang hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Aizhai bridge area: $175
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Furong old town: $175
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Guilin or Yangshuo: $240

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 expenses in Zhangjiajie, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $16
    Zhangjiajie $20

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 Zhangjiajie

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

  • Virtual Guided Tour: Visit China's Landscapes with Hollywood Movies: $15
  • Baofeng Lake Admission Ticket in Zhangjiajie (with Boat Ride): $28
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Ticket: $38
  • Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park Admission Ticket: $57
  • Tianmen Mountain National Park Ticket with Cable Car Ride: $58
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Zhangjiajie(Wulingyuan) National Forest Park: $115
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Tianmen Mountain With the Skywalk: $115
  • Tianmen Mountain one day tour: $121
  • 1-day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Tour with Tianmen Cave: $130
  • 1 Day Private Expedition Tour to Binlang Valley: $135
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge and Baofeng Lake Private Day Tour: $140
  • 1-Day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Tour: $146

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Zhangjiajie, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $14.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $13
    Zhangjiajie $14


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

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