A Travel Price Comparison for China Jinghong vs. Beijing for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Jinghong or Beijing?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Jinghong and Beijing can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Jinghong or Beijing?

Jinghong

Located in the southernmost part of the Yunnan Province, Jinghong is a city that attracts visitors each year with its rich culture and folklore, Buddhist temples, and tropical rainforest scenery of palms and mango trees amongst others. It is also an area popular with backpackers as well as a waypoint for travelers passing between China and Laos.

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and, with 21.5 million people, it is the second most populated city in the world after Shanghai. It is a city that keeps pockets of its history hidden in old neighborhoods or back alleys, despite the constant change and modernization that goes on around it. As the capital city of China, there is plenty of history and culture. You can still get yourself lost in one of the last remaining hutongs, which are old neighborhoods that remain untouched by the city's modernization. The alleys that weave between the old homes are lined with drying clothes, corner markets, and people going about their daily lives the way they have for centuries. Surrounding these hutongs you'll find modern buildings and a booming economy, all threatening to destroying these last bits of Beijing's history. Beijing offers a glimpse into a microcosm that represents the entire country of China. Make sure you give yourself enough time in China to truly experience Beijing. You can pass a lot of time soaking up life in the city, which remains as diverse as the country it resides within.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing.


Which place is cheaper, Beijing or Jinghong?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Jinghong is $62, while the average daily cost in Beijing is $77. 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 Jinghong and Beijing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jinghong $20
    Beijing $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jinghong $40
    Beijing $78
Compare Hotels in Jinghong and Beijing

Looking for a hotel in Jinghong or Beijing? 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 Jinghong


Hotels in Beijing


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jinghong $25
    Beijing $7.65

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Beijing

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Beijing:


  • Taxi
    $4.72
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $6.91
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $8.29
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.21
  • Metro
    $0.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Private English Transfer to Shilin Gorge Platform And Ming City Wall : $140
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Beijing Railway Station and Hotel: $30
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Private Tour: Forbidden City with Round Airport transfers: $198
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with Round Airport Transfers: $208
  • 4-Hour Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunset Tour with Airport Transfer: $160
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Capital Airport PEK to Beijing in Business Car: $72
  • transfer from the airport to the hotel: $65
  • Beijing Airports (PKX or PEK) to Beijing Hotels private transfer: $50
  • Beijing Airpotrs Private Transfers: $50
  • Beijing Badaling Great Wall Private Transfer: $105
  • Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Departure Transfer (Central Beijing to PEK): $87
  • Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) to Daxing airport (PKX) transfer: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Jinghong or Beijing?

Prices for flights to both Beijing and Jinghong 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Jinghong $27
    Beijing $21

Typical Food Prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.83
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $6.91
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $2.76
  • Watermelon
    $1.94
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $16
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

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

  • Online Cooking Class Beijing Dumplings and Cuisine by Sunflowerli Renowned Chef : $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • 3.5-Hour Walking Food Tour: A Bite of History at Beijing Niujie Street: $49
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $60
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Mogolian Hot Pot Dinner with no limit soft drink and local beer .: $70
  • discovery more Beijing back street evening food tour with locals : $79
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Acrobatic Show with Peking Duck Dinner Private Tour: $80
  • Discovery more local Beijing evening food Tour: $89
  • Private Nightlife Trip to See Wonderful Acrobatic Show Enjoy Delicious Barbecue Buffet Dinner: $96

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jinghong $9.18
    Beijing $24

Typical Entertainment Prices in Beijing

Here are a few typical costs in Beijing for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Summer Palace for Two
    $8.29
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $59
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $9.68
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $17
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $17
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $11

Tours and Activities in Beijing

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

  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • Small Group Hutongs Walking Tour : $5.00
  • Small Group Summer Palace Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Small Group Temple of Heaven Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $7.90
  • The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Entrance Ticket: $8.00
  • Beijing Summer Palace Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00
  • Confucius Temple and Imperial College Entrance Ticket : $8.00
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00
  • Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket Pre Booking Service: $9.98

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jinghong $5.33
    Beijing $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Beijing:

  • Private Tour-Bejing Old Hutong Food Tasting+Local Brewery Beer: $110
  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $162
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $238


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

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


Which is Bigger, Jinghong or Beijing?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 120 times larger than the population of Jinghong. When comparing the sizes of Jinghong and Beijing, 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.