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

Should you visit Guilin or Zhangjiajie?

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 Zhangjiajie 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.

Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie, China is a picturesque city located in the northwest of the Hunan Province. This ancient city, which dates all the way back to the Stone Age, is famous for being home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie is also known for being a popular filming location and and overall great place to escape the bustling Chinese cities. Zhangjiajie has its own dialect, which is a branch of the Hunan and Southern dialects, so Mandarin does not always translate when trying to speak to locals here.

Which city is cheaper, Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie is $57. 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 Zhangjiajie 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Zhangjiajie, $54 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Zhangjiajie, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $27, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Zhangjiajie $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Zhangjiajie $54


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.

Zhangjiajie food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guilin $6.78
    Zhangjiajie $18
Typical Food prices in Guilin

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


  • Fresh Coconut Drink
    $1.57

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 Zhangjiajie

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

  • Full-Day Private Discovery Tour to Tianmen Mountain National Park with Dinner: $175
  • 1 Day Zhangjiajie Private Tour Visit Avatar Mount and Tianzi Mount with Dinner: $186


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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Zhangjiajie than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $13 on transportation in Zhangjiajie on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.83
    Zhangjiajie $13
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:

  • 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 Zhangjiajie

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Zhangjiajie DYG Airport to Wulingyuan Area Hotel: $53
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG) to Hotel: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer from Wulingyuan Area to Zhangjiajie Airport: $55
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG): $17
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport(DYG): $34
  • Private Transfer From Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang Ancient Town (Phoenix Town): $233
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie Hotel to Fenghuang hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie Train Station to Fenghuang hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang: $140
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Aizhai bridge area: $175
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Furong old town: $175
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Guilin or Yangshuo: $240


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 expenses in Zhangjiajie, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $21 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guilin $8.91
    Zhangjiajie $21
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 Zhangjiajie

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

  • Virtual Guided Tour: Visit China's Landscapes with Hollywood Movies: $15
  • Baofeng Lake Admission Ticket in Zhangjiajie (with Boat Ride): $28
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Ticket: $38
  • Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park Admission Ticket: $57
  • Tianmen Mountain National Park Ticket with Cable Car Ride: $58
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Zhangjiajie(Wulingyuan) National Forest Park: $115
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Tianmen Mountain With the Skywalk: $115
  • Tianmen Mountain one day tour: $121
  • 1-day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Tour with Tianmen Cave: $130
  • 1 Day Private Expedition Tour to Binlang Valley: $135
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge and Baofeng Lake Private Day Tour: $140
  • 1-Day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Tour: $146


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 Zhangjiajie, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $14.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Zhangjiajie $14



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

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