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

Should you visit Guilin or Dali?

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 Dali 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.

Dali

Dali is a city in southern China with a long and glorious history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Xiaguan neighborhood of the city is the modern industrial center where most public transportation arrives; however, the Old Town of Dali is the place that draws the most visitors. Being one of China's ancient cities, Dali is said to have been a gateway to the Silk Road, and still attracts attention with its traditional architecture, beautiful scenery, ethnic cultures, and nightlife.

Which city is cheaper, Dali 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 Dali is $20. 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 Dali 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $13 in Dali For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Dali $6.66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Dali $13


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.

The average traveler spends about $7.50 per day in Dali 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
    Guilin $6.78
    Dali $7.50
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 Dali

For Dali, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $5.02
  • Breakfast
    $3.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dali

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

  • 1-Day Dali Baba Cooking and Cruise Tour: $150


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.

Dali's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $0.66 per person, per day on transportation in Dali.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.83
    Dali $0.66
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:

  • Yangshuo: Liu Sanjie Impression Show with Transfer: $56
  • Yangshuo Via Ferrata with Round way private transfer from Guilin hotel: $90
  • YANGSHUO City to Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) - Departure Private Transfer: $80
  • Transfer from Guilin Liangjiang Airport to Guilin City Center: $38
  • Transfer from Guilin Hotels to Yangshuo Town: $35
  • Transfer from Guilin (KWL) - Guilin: $81
  • Round-Trip Private Transfer: Guilin International Airport to Hotel: $148
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo/Guilin to Sanjiang and stops Longji Rice Terraces: $150
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo(Xingping) Train Station to Yangshuo Hotel: $20
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo Train Station to Yangshuo Hotel: $45
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Longji terraces: $160
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Chengyang Dong Village: $185

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dali

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


  • Local Bus
    $0.47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dali

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

  • Dali Airport Chauffeur Service,Dali Airport Transfer: $40
  • Private One Way Transfer to Lijiang from Dali: $96
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Shaxi Ancient Town from Dali: $88
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel and Stops at Shaxi Old Town: $150


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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dali can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.71 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.91
    Dali $4.71
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:

  • 1 Day Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Private Guide & Driver: $200
  • 1 Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Private Tour with the 4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room: $215
  • 1 Day Relaxing Li River Cruise With The 4 Star Luxury Boat lower Deck Seating: $215
  • 1 Day Yangshuo Countryside Cycling and Yulong bamboo boat Private Tour: $90
  • 1 Day Yangshuo Countryside Hiking Private Tour: $75
  • 1 Day Yangshuo Countryside Hiking along the Yulong river Private Tour: $100
  • 1 Day Yangshuo private Day Tour with the Scooter: $100
  • 1 day Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside with Scooter Private Tour: $175
  • 1-Day Guilin Tour to Reed Flute Cave, Xianggong Hill, Bamboo Boat and Night Show: $85
  • 1-Day Guilin Xing'an Ling Canal Private Tour: $175
  • 1-Day Li-River Tour:4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room & Liusanjie Show-President Seat: $350
  • 1-Day Longji Terrace Fields-Dazhai village Tour with the English Speaking Driver: $75

Tours and Activities in Dali

For Dali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Half-Day Shangri-La Thangka Tour: $88
  • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
  • One day tour to Rehai Hot Sea and Heshun Old Town in Tengchong: $149
  • 1-Day Dali Mountain and Cuisine Tour: $150
  • 1-Day Electric Bike Tour in Dali: $160
  • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
  • Private Tour: Explore the Ancient City of Dali: $171
  • Private Day Tour of Dali Explore the Ancient City: $171
  • Private hiking and trekking tour to Cangshan Mountain from Dali: $175
  • Private tour to Xizhou old town local market Erhai lake three Pagodas from Dali: $184
  • Dali Private Tour to Xizhou Ancient Town and Erhai Lake: $186
  • 1-Day Dali tour with the Daili old town, Xizhou Village and Three Pagodas: $195


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Dali spend on average $2.53 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Dali $2.53



When comparing the travel costs between Guilin and Dali, we can see that Guilin is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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