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

Should you visit Guilin or Dalian?

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 Dalian 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.

Dalian

Dalian, China is a very large peninsula city located in the southernmost part of the Liaoning Province in northeast China. The area has a wealth of history, with roots in Russian and Japanese rule, resulting in unique architecture and many universities that attract foreign students and teachers. Dalian is also known for their beautiful green spaces and relaxing beaches which juxtapose a lot of the more industrial cities found throughout other areas of northern China.

Which city is cheaper, Dalian 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 Dalian is $92. 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 Dalian 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $98 in Dalian For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Dalian $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Dalian $98

Food

The price of a meal in Guilin can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $6.69 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $2.68 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Dalian travelers spend around $24 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 $6.69
    Dalian $24
Typical Food prices in Guilin

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


  • Fresh Coconut Drink
    $1.55

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

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Guilin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $0.82 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guilin.

Dalian'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 $36 per person, per day on transportation in Dalian.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.82
    Dalian $36
Typical Local Transportation prices in Guilin

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


  • Taxi
    $3.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guilin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guilin:

  • Private Transfer From Guilin To Fenghuang or Zhangjiajie: $500
  • Private Transfer from Guilin Hotel to Zhangjiajie Hotel: $450
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Fenghuang and stops at Chengyang Dong Village: $250
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Fenghuang and stops at Hongjiang: $250
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Fenghuang and stops at Longji rice terraces area: $250
  • Private Transfer from Guilin or Yangshuo to Zhangjiajie area: $240
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Chengyang Dong Village: $185
  • Li River Cruise from Guilin with Transfer: $166
  • Guilin boutique hotel with transfer and Four Lakes walking tour: $161
  • Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Longji terraces: $160
  • Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) to YANGSHUO City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $159
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo/Guilin to Sanjiang and stops Longji Rice Terraces: $150

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $30
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport from Dalian Downtown: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $32
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $62

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Guilin typically cost an average of $8.79 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 Dalian can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.29 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.79
    Dalian $4.29
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 Dalian

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

  • Dalian City Highlight Private Day tour: $73
  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $150
  • Flexible Dalian City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $188
  • Private Dalian Night Tour: $200
  • Private 2 Day Tour of Dalian City: $250
  • All Inclusive Private Lushun(Port Arthur) Full-Day Tour: $300
  • All-Inclusive Private Dalian Port Layover Tour with Lunch: $300
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour of Beijing City Highlights from Dalian by Air: $738
  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 4 Days Private History and Culture Tour of Beijing and Xi'an: $1,088
  • All Inclusive 3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an and Beijing from Dalian with Hotel: $1,278
  • 7-Day Private China Tour from Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai: $2,328

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dalian, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.67.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Dalian $5.67


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

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