A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guilin vs. Beijing

Should you visit Guilin or Beijing?

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 Guilin and Beijing can help you decide which place is right for you.

Guilin

Guilin is a city in Southern China situated on the west bank of the Li River with Hunan to the north. Its name means, "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus," owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Products like tea, sugar, and wine, can be made from the tree and are found in many shops throughout Guilin. A popular tourist destination, the city is renowned for its scenery of karst topography with unique mountains jutting out of the urban landscape.

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and, with 21.5 million people, it is the second most populated city in the world after Shanghai. It is a city that keeps pockets of its history hidden in old neighborhoods or back alleys, despite the constant change and modernization that goes on around it. As the capital city of China, there is plenty of history and culture. You can still get yourself lost in one of the last remaining hutongs, which are old neighborhoods that remain untouched by the city's modernization. The alleys that weave between the old homes are lined with drying clothes, corner markets, and people going about their daily lives the way they have for centuries. Surrounding these hutongs you'll find modern buildings and a booming economy, all threatening to destroying these last bits of Beijing's history. Beijing offers a glimpse into a microcosm that represents the entire country of China. Make sure you give yourself enough time in China to truly experience Beijing. You can pass a lot of time soaking up life in the city, which remains as diverse as the country it resides within.

Which city is cheaper, Beijing or Guilin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guilin is $21, while the average daily cost in Beijing 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Guilin and Beijing in more detail.




Accommodation

Guilin's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $24. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $12.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Beijing is $72. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Beijing $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Beijing $72


Food

The price of a meal in Guilin can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $6.78 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $2.71 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Beijing travelers spend around $19 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guilin $6.78
    Beijing $19
Typical Food prices in Guilin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Guilin:


  • Fresh Coconut Drink
    $1.57

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guilin

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

  • Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour: $60
  • Yangshuo Country Life Experience with Cooking Class like a Local: $108
  • One-Day Li River Cruise and Chinese Cooking Class Tour: $215
  • Full-Day Li-River with the 4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room and Yangshuo Cooking Tour: $273
  • 5-Day Small-Group Yangshuo Bike Adventure with Rock Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking or Cooking Class: $737
  • 5-Day Yangshuo Family Adventure: Biking, Caving, River Cruise and Cooking Class: $868

Typical Food prices in Beijing

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Beijing:


  • Popcorn
    $0.94
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $7.85
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $3.14
  • Watermelon
    $2.20
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $19
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

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

  • Online Cooking Class: $25
  • Path Hutong Food Tour: $30
  • Kung fu Show and Peking Roasted Duck Dinner: $58
  • Private Temple of Heaven Walking Tour with Peking Duck Dinner or Kung Fu Show: $62
  • Acrobatic Show w/ Peking Duck Dinner Private: $68
  • Beijing Historical Center with Peking Opera and Duck Dinner: $69
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $69
  • 4-Hour Peking Duck Dinner & Kung Fu Show Night: $80
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Vegetarian / Peking Duck / Hotpot Dinner with Kungfu Show Private Tour: $90
  • Authentic Local Food Tour in Center Beijing: $90


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Guilin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $0.83 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guilin.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.95 per day to get around in Beijing.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.83
    Beijing $6.95
Typical Local Transportation prices in Guilin

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Guilin are as follows:


  • Taxi
    $3.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guilin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guilin:

  • 2-hours Yangshuo Yulong Bamboo Boat Tour with the Round-way Private Transfers: $79
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Guilin International Airport to Hotel: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer: Hotel to Guilin International Airport: $73
  • Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) to YANGSHUO City - Arrival Private Transfer: $80
  • Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) to YANGSHUO City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $159
  • Guilin Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $56
  • Guilin Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Guilin Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Guilin Private Transfer (English-speaking) Between Guilin Hotels & Yangshuo: $87
  • Guilin Private Transfer Services: Airport, Train Station & Hotel Transfer: $20
  • Guilin Private Transfer in English-speaking Services: Airport to Hotel Roundtrip: $93
  • Guilin boutique hotel with transfer and Four Lakes walking tour: $161

Typical Local Transportation prices in Beijing

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Beijing:


  • Taxi
    $5.36
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $7.85
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $9.42
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.51
  • Metro
    $0.63

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Private Tour: Forbidden City with Round Airport transfers: $190
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with Round Airport Transfers: $195
  • 1-Day Bejing Layover Tour:Mutianyu Great Wall,Forbidden City & Airport Transfers: $250
  • 1-Hour Private Tai Chi Class in the Temple of Heaven Park with One Way Transfer: $78
  • 1-Way Private Transfer Service between Tianjin cruise Port and Beijing hotels: $301
  • 1-Way Private Transfer between Beijing Airport and City Hotels: $30
  • 2 Days Beijing to Feng Ning Ba Shang Grassland tour with private transfer: $448
  • 2-Day Customizable Beijing Highlight Tour with Airport Transfer Option: $520
  • 2-Day Highlights Group Tour With Beijing Airport Transfer Service: $247
  • 2-Day Private Beijing Tour with PEK Airport Transfer: $265
  • 2-Way Share Transfer Service to Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing Capital Airport: $84
  • 3 Days Beijing Private Tour with Airport (Train Station) Transfer: $305


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Guilin typically cost an average of $8.91 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $22 per person, per day in Beijing. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.91
    Beijing $22
Typical Entertainment prices in Guilin

Here are a few typical costs in Guilin for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entrance to the Caves
    $19

Tours and Activities in Guilin

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

  • Guilin Yangshuo & Longji Rice Terrace 4 days tour: $21
  • Private Customized Tour: $24
  • Guqin Experience and Traditional Tea Ceremony: $40
  • Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel: $45
  • One-Day Private Yangshuo Tai-chi and Biking Tour: $49
  • Private Bike Tour: Yangshuo Countryside: $49
  • Half-Day Self-Guided Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Tour: $50
  • Half/Full-Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling and Sightseeing Private Tour: $60
  • Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain Sunrise Private Tour: $65
  • Private City Full-Day Tour of Reed Flute Cave: $69
  • Half/Full day Yangshuo Cuiping hill Sunset Private Tour: $70
  • Relaxing 4-Star Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Buffet Lunch: $70

Typical Entertainment prices in Beijing

Here are a few typical costs in Beijing for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Summer Palace for Two
    $9.42
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $67
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $11
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $19
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $19
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $13

Tours and Activities in Beijing

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

  • Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking: $4.00
  • MTY test product for tours: $5.00
  • Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket: $5.13
  • Train Tickets in China: $5.34
  • Private Tailor made tour for your family only in China around: $5.34
  • Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts Admission Ticket: $6.45
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket: $7.06
  • Skip-the-Line Yonghe Lama Temple Ticket: $7.30
  • Summer Palace Tickets Booking: $8.00
  • Mutianyu: Great Wall Admission Tickets: $8.18
  • Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.21
  • Beijing Automobile Museum Admission Ticket: $8.71


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Beijing may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Beijing $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Beijing:

  • Evening Food Private Tour with Brewery Taproom Hopping at Slow Boat in Beijing: $138
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Wonderful Beijing Bar Crawl Tour: $195
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $228



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guilin and Beijing, we can see that Beijing is more expensive. And not only is Guilin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Guilin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guilin 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 Beijing would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Beijing than you might in Guilin.

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