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

Should you visit Guilin or Datong?

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 Datong 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.

Datong

If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

Which city is cheaper, Datong 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 Datong is $50. 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 Datong 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 prices for places to stay in Datong can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $21, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $42.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Datong $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Datong $42

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.

The average traveler spends about $18 per day in Datong 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 $6.69
    Datong $18
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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Datong than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Datong on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.82
    Datong $11
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 Datong

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

  • Datong Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes: $100
  • Datong Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Hotels: $30
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12
  • Dunhuang Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall: $100
  • Private Day tour of Datong From Beijing Including Transfer Service: $828
  • Private One Way Transfer Service to Pingyao from Datong: $179
  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing: $211
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall: $58
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple and Hengshan from Datong: $70
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Wutaishan Mountain from Datong: $190
  • Private Transfer Service from Datong to Pingyao Ancient City: $238
  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29

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 expenses in Datong, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $22 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.79
    Datong $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:

  • 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 Datong

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

  • Datong Hot Pot Foodie Tour: $51
  • Private Yangmingshan Volcano Tour: $70
  • Half Day Private Tour to Jiufen, Shifen Waterfall & Pingxi Sky Lantern: $70
  • Private Taipei Sunrise Tour in Yangmingshan National Park: $70
  • Half Day Private Tour to Yangmingshan National Park and Yehliu Geopark: $80
  • Taipei Private Car Charter Tour: $82
  • Private Tour to Maokon, Chih Nan Temple & Gondola Experience: $92
  • Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour: $100
  • Private Datong Day Tour Arranged by Local Tour Guide Nancy: $100
  • Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup: $100
  • Northern Taiwan and Taipei Countryside Full-Day Private Tour: $100
  • 4 Hour Private Walking Tour of the Yungang Grottoes in Datong: $101

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 Datong, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Datong $11


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

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