Should you visit Jinghong or Shanghai?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Jinghong and Shanghai can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Shanghai is the largest and most modern city in China. With a population of over 23 million, it is the economic and financial hub of the country. It also continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in China with regular changes to the city's layout and skyline. It is not uncommon for buildings to be torn down, rebuilt and then torn down and rebuilt again. The city also has skyscrapers that rank among the tallest in the world. It has an ever changing downtown and street scape. In Shanghai, the general mantra remains "out with the old, in with the new".
Which city is cheaper, Shanghai or Jinghong?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Jinghong is $57, while the average daily cost in Shanghai is $105. 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 Jinghong and Shanghai in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Jinghong is $36. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $148 for a double occupancy room in Shanghai.
Jinghong food costs typically run travelers around $25 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in Shanghai 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Shanghai
Some typical examples of dining costs in Shanghai are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shanghai
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Shanghai.
Online Chinese Cooking Class:
Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour:
3-Hour Shanghai Summer Night Local Dinner and Shopping Private Tour:
Private Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with Vegetarian Option:
Private Authentic Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with a Lovely Local:
3-Hour Shanghai City Walking Tour with Dinner:
Shanghai yummy food tour:
A Bite of Shanghai Small-Group Food Tour:
Shanghai Hairy Crab Dinner:
Shanghai Evening Food Tour/Shanghai tour gastronomico nocturno:
Night Market & Street Food Tour in Shanghai:
3-Hour Flexible Private Shanghai Night Tour with Local Dinner Option:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $23 per day to get around in Jinghong.
The average price of local transportation around Shanghai is $3.53 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Shanghai
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Shanghai:
Two Subway Tickets
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:
1 Day-Pass for Disneyland Shanghai and Transfer service Mini Group package:
1-way Private Transfer From Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou:
1-way Private Transfer From Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou New District-SND:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Kunshan Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Jiaxing:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Kunshan Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Yiwu Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Nanxun Water Town Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Wuzhen Water Town Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Zhouzhuang Water Town Per Vehicle Price:
1-way Transfer between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Changshu Per Vehicle Price:
1way Transfer from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou Downtown:
Is it cheaper to fly into Jinghong or Shanghai?
Prices for flights to both Shanghai 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $8.37 per person, per day in Jinghong. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Shanghai's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.68 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.
Tours and Activities in Jinghong
Here are a few actual costs in Jinghong for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
One day XiShuangBanan Private Minority Tour:
Private Xishuangbanna and Wild Elephant Valley Day Tour from Jinghong:
1 Day Xishuangbanna City Tour with Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden:
Individual Tailor-made Tours: Mekong Valley Expedition:
Typical Entertainment prices in Shanghai
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Shanghai are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Shanghai
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Shanghai are as follows:
half day tour of shanghai:
Shanghai Yu Garden Ticket Booking:
Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Admission Ticket:
Shanghai Maglev Train Ticket and Metro Pass(Pick Up in Shanghai):
Day Tour of Zhujiajiao and Huangpu River with Night Cruise:
Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket:
Buddhist Art Tour at LWH Gallery in Shanghai:
Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions:
Like a Local Customized Guided Tour:
Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket:
Shanghai Downtown Hotel to Baoshan Cruise Port:Private with Meet & Greet service:
Shanghai Hotels to Wusongkou Cruise Port:Private with Meet & Great service:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Jinghong may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $4.86 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $6.70 on alcoholic beverages in Shanghai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Shanghai
Also in Shanghai, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Shanghai Luxury Bar Crawl in 5-star Hotel or Boutique Hotel:
3 Hour Local Craft Beer Crawl with Brewery Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Jinghong and Shanghai, we can see that Shanghai 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 Shanghai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Shanghai than you might in Jinghong.
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