A Travel Price Comparison for China Hefei vs. Chengdu for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Hefei or Chengdu?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Hefei or Chengdu? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Hefei or Chengdu?


While most would consider the city of Hefei a pass-through destination, there are plenty of things to see in the capital city of China's Anhui province.


Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to China, The Best Sightseeing Tours in China, The Best Cultural Tours in China, and The Best Luxury Tours to China.

Which place is cheaper, Chengdu or Hefei?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hefei is $62, while the average daily cost in Chengdu 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Hefei and Chengdu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hefei $28
    Chengdu $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hefei $56
    Chengdu $42
Compare Hotels in Hefei and Chengdu

Looking for a hotel in Hefei or Chengdu? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Hefei

Hotels in Chengdu

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hefei $17
    Chengdu $5.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $240
  • Airport transfer between Tianfu(TFU) and Chengdu downtown: $40
  • Arrival Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Sedan: $52
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Chengdu Panda & Giant Buddha Day Tour With Private Transfer: $240
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Ticket w/ Optional Transfer or Guide: $20
  • Chengdu Private Transfer from Chengdu central to Chengdu Airport (CTU): $82
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Transfer to Downtown Hotel: $32
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport: Private Transfer to/from Chengdu: $38
  • Chengdu panda ticket with one way private transfer: $70
  • Chengdu to Chengdu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Chengdu to Xi'an/Chongqing Bullet Train Ticket with Transfer: $56

Is it cheaper to fly into Hefei or Chengdu?

Prices for flights to both Chengdu and Hefei change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Hefei $21
    Chengdu $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Chengdu evening food tour by local guide: $60
  • Half day Chengdu Dumpling making Cooking Class: Make from Scratch: $62
  • Half-Day Chengdu Cooking Class with Local Market Visit: $69
  • Tuktuk Food Tour Through Chengdu's Local Eats: $69
  • Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $69
  • Sichuan Opera Show VIP Seat Tickets w/ Transfer or Dinner: $71
  • Chengdu Evening Food Tour: $76
  • Cooking Class with Fresh Market Half Day Experience: $79
  • Tuk Tuk Food Tour with Unlimited Beer and Soda: $79
  • Spicy Local Food Tour through Chengdu: $80

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hefei $19
    Chengdu $16

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • Agent ticket booking service: Online ticket booking in China: $5.00
  • local people's opera house experience: $10
  • Chengdu Panda Research Base Tickets And Half Day Tour(Private): $16
  • Chengdu Panda Base and Dujiangyan One-Day Private Tour: $17
  • Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding e-Ticket: $19
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Ticket pre-booking: $20
  • Private Tour of Chengdu's Top 3 Must-go Attractions w Photo Shoot: $20
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Panda Breeding Base Tickets Booking: $22
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Show Ticket - Shu Feng Ya Yun: $22
  • Sichuan Opera show Jinjiang theater E-tickets booking: $22
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hefei $11
    Chengdu $3.92

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Hefei Expensive? and Is Chengdu Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Hefei or Chengdu?

Chengdu has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Hefei. When comparing the sizes of Hefei and Chengdu, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.