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

Should you visit Hangzhou or Zhangjiajie?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Hangzhou and Zhangjiajie. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a city in Eastern China, about an hour by train from Shanghai, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Each year it attracts more than 20 million tourists who come to see what the city has to offer. Set amongst the natural scenery of lakes and mountains, Hangzhou is modern city that coexists with the old. Historic pagodas and cultural sites built around the central lake sit like they belong amidst the skyscrapers and bustling markets of today.

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 Hangzhou?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hangzhou is $34, 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 Hangzhou and Zhangjiajie in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $30 for a double occupancy room in Hangzhou.

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
    Hangzhou $15
    Zhangjiajie $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hangzhou $30
    Zhangjiajie $54


Food

While meal prices in Hangzhou can vary, the average travelers spends about $5.50 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Hangzhou should cost around $2.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hangzhou is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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
    Hangzhou $5.50
    Zhangjiajie $18
Typical Food prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.67
  • Pizza Hut Lunch
    $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hangzhou.

  • Hangzhou Night Tour: Dinner and Romance of the Song Dynasty Show: $52
  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • Eat Like A Local - Hangzhou Night Food Tour: $117
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Tour with Authentic Dinner: $127
  • Hangzhou Cooking Class and Local Market Tour: $148
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option: $161
  • Half Day Westlake Highlights Tour with Optional Lunch or Dinner: $163
  • Wuzhen Ancient Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner Option: $185
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Authentic Dinner: $191
  • Xitang Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner: $191
  • Hangzhou Night Tour With Food Street For Dinner and Beer Tasting: $196
  • Hangzhou Private Tour to Wuzhen Water Town with Lunch or Dinner: $213

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 average price of local transportation around Hangzhou is $0.39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

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.
    Hangzhou $0.39
    Zhangjiajie $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hangzhou:


  • Local Bus for Two
    $0.63

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • Great Wall Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train with Local Transfer: $300
  • 2-Day Putuo Mountain Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Private Transfer: $267
  • Water Town and West Lake Sightseeing with Hangzhou Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $217
  • Hangzhou Secure Chauffured Transfers: Hangzhou Airport to Keqiao: $212
  • Private Botique Tour: Essential Hangzhou Sightseeing with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $207
  • Private Transfer to Yellow Mountain from Hangzhou: $184
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with stop-over at Xitang Water Town: $177
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town: $165
  • Hangzhou to Beijing Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfer: $163
  • Private Transfer to Putuo Mountain from Hangzhou: $155
  • Hangzhou City Center Transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport: $148
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport To Shanghai City one way private transfer: $140

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

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.
    Hangzhou -
    Zhangjiajie $21

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

Here are a few actual costs in Hangzhou for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 Day Hangzhou Group Tour from Shanghai: $238
  • 1-day Village Tea Picking, Roasting & Serving Guided Private Tour from Hangzhou: $244
  • 2 Days 1 Night Classic Tour to Catch the Highlights in Hangzhou: $418
  • 2 Days 1 Night Classic Tour to Wuzhen Ancient Water Town in Hangzhou: $523
  • 2-Day Beijing Private Tour Include Great Wall from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $508
  • 2-Day Hangzhou Private Tour with Wuzhen Watertown Visit: $503
  • 2-Day Hangzhou and Wuzhen Water town Private Tour with All Inclusive Option: $289
  • 2-Day Huangshan Mountain Sunset Climb & Sunrise Camp Guided Tour from Hangzhou: $162
  • 2-Day Huangshan and Hongcun Village Private Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $499
  • 2-Day Live-in Temple Buddhist Monk Mediation Experience from Hangzhou: $252
  • 2-Day Mt Huangshan and Xidi Village Private Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $499
  • 2-Day Private Customized Harbin Tour from Hangzhou by Air: $928

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
    Hangzhou -
    Zhangjiajie $14



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hangzhou and Zhangjiajie, we can see that Zhangjiajie is more expensive. And not only is Hangzhou much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hangzhou would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou.

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