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

Should you visit Hengyang or Shangri-La?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hengyang and Shangri-La can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Hengyang

Hengyang, China is a stunning, historically significant, city in southern China. With an almost six-thousand-year old history, Hengyang is the second largest city in the Hunan Province and is known for its agricultural, fishing, and rice. Near Hengyang is Mount Heng, a mountain famous in Chinese history and religion; it has 72 peaks and dozens of temples in the town below it.

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 Hengyang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hengyang is $54, 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 Hengyang and Shangri-La in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Hengyang is $48. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.95. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Shangri-La the cost is $7.90 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hengyang $24
    Shangri-La $3.95
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hengyang $48
    Shangri-La $7.90


Food

Food in Hengyang costs travelers about $19 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

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
    Hengyang $19
    Shangri-La $11


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Hengyang is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Hengyang.

The average price of local transportation around Shangri-La is $0.16 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.
    Hengyang $13
    Shangri-La $0.16


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Hengyang typically cost an average of $17 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Shangri-La's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.03 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.
    Hengyang $17
    Shangri-La $9.03


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hengyang may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 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
    Hengyang $12
    Shangri-La $15



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

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