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

Should you visit Guilin or Lijiang?

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 Lijiang 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.

Lijiang

Lijiang is a city in Southwestern China with a history of rule under the Mu family during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It played a key role along the Ancient Southern Silk Road, which started from Burma, crossed Lijiang, Shangri-La County, Tibet, journeyed through Iran, the Fertile Crescent, and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea. The area was once a center for trade, politics, culture, and education, which is still evident in the rich culture seen today. Lijiang has also been the home of centuries to the Naxi people who still inhabit the area.

Which city is cheaper, Lijiang 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 Lijiang is $15. 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 Lijiang 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 $12 in Lijiang For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Lijiang $6.10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Lijiang $12

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 $7.56 per day in Lijiang 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
    Lijiang $7.56
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 Lijiang

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.71

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.

Lijiang'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 $0.75 per person, per day on transportation in Lijiang.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.83
    Lijiang $0.75
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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lijiang

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

  • Lijiang Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Lijiang Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Lijiang Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $56
  • Lijiang Sanyi International Airport Chauffeur Service,Lijiang Airport Transfer: $57
  • Private Lijiang Railway Station Departure Transfer from City Hotels: $28
  • Private Lijiang Sanyi International Airport Departure Transfer from City Hotels: $36
  • Private One Way Transfer to Dali from Lijiang: $96
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang: $68
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Shaxi Ancient Town from Lijiang: $88
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Tiger Leaping Gorge from Lijiang: $88
  • Private Transfer from Lijiang to Shangri-La and Stops at Tiger Leaping Gorge: $150
  • Private Transfer from Lijiang/Shuhe hotel to Dali: $140

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.91
    Lijiang -
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 Lijiang

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

  • Lijiang Mufu Palace Admission Ticket: $15
  • Half Day Lijiang horse-riding&sightseeing&Local culture tour: $64
  • 4 Hour Private Lijiang City Highlights Walking Tour: $68
  • Private trekking tour to Wenhai lake from Lijiang half day service: $156
  • Private Tour: Jade Dragon Village and Baisha Village via Bicycle: $158
  • Half-Day Tiger Teaping Gorge Private Tour from Lijiang: $160
  • 2-Day Private Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour: $160
  • 1-Day Old Town Tour in Lijiang: $166
  • Beautiful Country road Biking tour to Xinhua village Heqing start from Lijiang: $167
  • Private Lijiang Day Tour to Yuhu Village at the Foot of Yulong Snow Mountain: $174
  • Lijiang Sanyi airport (LJG) Pick up and Tiger Teaping Gorge Private Tour: $175
  • Country Biking tour to lashi lake Lamaism temple baisha village from Lijiang: $176

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Lijiang spend on average $1.92 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Lijiang $1.92


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

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