A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hefei vs. Shangri-La

Should you visit Hefei or Shangri-La?

Should I visit Hefei or Shangri-La? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Hefei

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.

Shangri-La

The original Shangri-La existed in the fictional world of James Hilton's novel "The Lost Horizon." It was a hidden paradise, a place so beautiful that it couldn't possibly exist on earth. The Shangri-La that exists in Yunnan, China today was renamed from its former title Zhongdian in 2001 in order to associate the place with the mystical allure created in Hilton's novel. Visitors come to admire the traditional monasteries and temples set against a backdrop of mountain preserves and pristine lakes.

Which city is cheaper, Shangri-La or Hefei?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hefei is $56, while the average daily cost in Shangri-La is $17. 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 Hefei and Shangri-La in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $25. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Hefei the cost is $50 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.89. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Shangri-La the cost is $7.78 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hefei $25
    Shangri-La $3.89
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hefei $50
    Shangri-La $7.78

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Hefei cost around $19 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.60.

The average traveler spends about $11 per day in Shangri-La 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
    Hefei $19
    Shangri-La $11

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Hefei is $15 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.

The average price of local transportation around Shangri-La is $0.15 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hefei $15
    Shangri-La $0.15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hefei

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hefei:

  • Hefei Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $88
  • Hefei Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $88
  • Hefei Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $88

Entertainment

Hefei's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $17 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Shangri-La's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $8.91 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hefei $17
    Shangri-La $8.91

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hefei may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $15 on alcoholic beverages in Shangri-La per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hefei $10
    Shangri-La $15


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

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