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

Should you visit Guilin or Chengdu?

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 Chengdu 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.

Chengdu

Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

Which city is cheaper, Chengdu 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 Chengdu is $46. 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 Chengdu 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in Chengdu.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Chengdu $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Chengdu $38


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.

Food in Chengdu costs travelers about $20 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guilin $6.78
    Chengdu $20
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Food and Cooking experiences in Chengdu: $51
  • Half Day Tour Chengdu Courtyard Cooking Class and Local Spice Market: $56
  • Sichuan cooking class half day tour: $56
  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Half-Day Small Group Sichuan Cuisine Museum Tour with Cooking Class: $64
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $70
  • Authentic Chengdu Local Food Tour: $73
  • Half-Day Private Sichuan Hot-Pot Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $78
  • Half-Day Sichuan Cooking Class Experience in Chengdu: $87
  • Half day Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class Tour: $96
  • Private tour to Panda Base and Cooking class in Chengdu: $98


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.

The average price of local transportation around Chengdu is $5.40 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.
    Guilin $0.83
    Chengdu $5.40
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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Leshan Giant buddha with Round Airport Transfer: $200
  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $187
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Executive Sedan: $103
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Standard Car: $53
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu by Business Minivan: $112
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu by Minivan: $61
  • Chengdu (CTU) - Chengdu transfer: $34
  • Chengdu City to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $37
  • Chengdu Private Airport Arrival Transfer: $59
  • Chengdu Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Chengdu Private Arrival Transfer: Railway Station to Hotel: $89
  • Chengdu Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56


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.

Chengdu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 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.
    Guilin $8.91
    Chengdu $15
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

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Admission Ticket: $11
  • Chengdu Jinsha Archaeological Site and Museum Ticket: $14
  • Sichuan Opera Night show Tickets: $16
  • Skip the Line: Ticket to Face Changing Sichuan Opera: $19
  • Skip the Line: Sichuan Opera Chengdu Ticket: $21
  • Panda Breeding Center (Panda Base) & Taoism temple tour: $32
  • Sichuan Opera Tickets Booking: $32
  • Shufeng Yayun Teahouse Sichuan Opera Ticket: $34
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour in Chengdu People's Park and Learning Mahjong: $34
  • Half Day tour Chengdu Mahjong course in Local Tea House: $36
  • Half-day Walking Tour with Local Market Trip and Vegetarian Lunch in Nunnery: $36
  • Flexible Private Chengdu Layover Tour: $43


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chengdu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.58 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Chengdu $3.58

Sample the Local Flavors in Chengdu

Also in Chengdu, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Half Day Explore Chinese White Wine Distillery in Chengdu: $128



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guilin and Chengdu, we can see that Chengdu 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 Chengdu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chengdu than you might in Guilin.

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