A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hongcun vs. Harbin

Should you visit Hongcun or Harbin?

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

Hongcun

When you picture ancient China, you likely picture old cobblestone streets, white homes with pointed black roofs and a slight air of mysticism in the surroundings. This is Hongcun.

The backdrop for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is not usually on the top of many traveler's lists. This isn't a bustling tourist town with guides offering to show you the sights or carts peddling the latest tacky souvenir. It's a quiet village where you'll see the real Chinese culture. The homes along the complex water canals air their fish in their windows to preserve it for their family dinners. There is no bowing to tourism here.

Harbin

Harbin, China is the northernmost major city in the country, with a population of over 10 million. Harbin was founded in 1897 by Russia, which has resulted in a lot of Russian influence throughout the city and many Russian citizens. The city is most famous for their annual International Snow and Ice Festival, a two-month-long festival running from January through February of each year.

Which city is cheaper, Harbin or Hongcun?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hongcun is $18, while the average daily cost in Harbin is $49. 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 Hongcun and Harbin in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Hongcun is $19. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $38 in Harbin For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hongcun $9.30
    Harbin $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hongcun $19
    Harbin $38

Food

Food in Hongcun costs travelers about $4.04 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Harbin cost around $12 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 $4.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hongcun $4.04
    Harbin $12
Typical Food prices in Hongcun

Some typical examples of dining costs in Hongcun are as follows:


  • Lunch for Two
    $5.42
  • Breakfast of Dumplings
    $2.32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Harbin

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

  • 3-hour Private Food Tour in Harbin: $100
  • Half-Day Private Harbin Beer Museum and Food Tour Including Harbin Beer1900: $150
  • Harbin Dumpling Cooking Class: $150
  • Hot Spring Experience with Hot Pot Dinner in Harbin: $160
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World with Dinner Options: $250
  • Private Full Day Tour to Harbin Beifang Forest Zoo and Optional Seafood Dinner: $250

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Harbin than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $1.34 on transportation in Harbin on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hongcun -
    Harbin $1.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Harbin

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

  • Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Any Harbin Railway Station: $23
  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $27
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Harbin Taiping International Airport(HRB): $28
  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $49
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin South Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $55
  • Harbin Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $56
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Harbin Taiping International Airport(HRB): $56
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin West Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $59
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin West Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $59
  • Harbin Taiping Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer, Pick up.: $59
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin East Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $59

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $16 per person, per day in Hongcun. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Harbin, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $47 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hongcun $16
    Harbin $47
Typical Entertainment prices in Hongcun

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Hongcun are as follows:


  • Two Entrance Tickets
    $32

Tours and Activities in Harbin

For Harbin, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Hagia Sophia TOURS /Skip The Lines: $12
  • 2-Hour Harbin City Tour: $50
  • 1-Day Harbin Private Tour: $70
  • Half-Day Private Harbin City Walking Tour to Zhongyang Street and Sophia Church: $80
  • Private Half Day City Tour including Russian Town and Harbin Ropeway Ride: $90
  • Private Customized Harbin City Day Tour by Public Transportation: $96
  • Private 2-hour Winter Local Culture Experience Tour with Ice Swimming Show, Songhua River Ropeway and Walking on Songhua River: $100
  • "Visit Museum of Heilongjiang" - a guide tour.: $100
  • Harbin Ethnic Museum Guided Tour.: $100
  • 80-Minute Foot Massage Private Tour in Harbin City: $100
  • 4-Hour Tour to Harbin Church,Gogol Street,Hongbo Square and Heilongjiang Museum: $100
  • Half Day Tour for Harbin Guandong Ancient Lane and Wood Sculpture Museum: $100

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Harbin spend on average $7.04 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hongcun -
    Harbin $7.04


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

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