A Travel Price Comparison for China Longsheng vs. Datong for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Longsheng or Datong?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Longsheng and Datong. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Longsheng or Datong?

Longsheng

A county of the city, Guilin, Longsheng is a hub of several ethnic cultures that thrive on farming and tourism. It is located about 50 or so miles north of the Guilin city center. The region is perhaps most known for the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces located in Heping Township. These, along with many other natural features like hot springs, waterfalls, and meadows are a few of the main attractions that draw visitors to Longsheng.

Datong

If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China, The Best Adventure Tours to China, The Best Sightseeing Tours in China, and The Best Cultural Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Datong or Longsheng?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Longsheng is $78, while the average daily cost in Datong is $56. 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 Longsheng and Datong in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Longsheng $20
    Datong $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Longsheng $40
    Datong $46
Compare Hotels in Longsheng and Datong

Looking for a hotel in Longsheng or Datong? 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 Longsheng


Hotels in Datong


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Longsheng $41
    Datong $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Datong

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

  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing : $211
  • Chengdu: Private Round-Trip Transfer to Leshan Budda: $128
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple and Hengshan from Datong: $118
  • Dunhuang Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall : $100
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer to Hanging Temple: $98
  • Datong Hanging Temple Private Transfer from Hotel or Station: $69
  • Transfer from Datong Railway Stations to Hotels in City Center: $35
  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Longsheng or Datong?

Prices for flights to both Datong and Longsheng 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
    Longsheng $35
    Datong $20

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Longsheng $8.39
    Datong $25

Tours and Activities in Datong

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Datong.

  • 1-Day Private Tour: Datong Highlights with the Lunch: $215
  • 2-Day Private Datong Tour:Hanging Temple, Yugang Grottoes,Wooden Pagoda and More: $298
  • All Inclusive Datong Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes : $268
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple at Hengshan from Datong : $188
  • All-Inclusive Private Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple from Datong: $220
  • Datong Day Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple: $203
  • Datong Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda Self-guided Tour by Car: $95
  • Datong Highlights Sightseeing: Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda: $244
  • Datong Private Day Tour to Yanmenguan Great Wall and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda: $258
  • Datong Private Self-guided Tour with Chartered Car: $26
  • Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes Private Tour: $268
  • Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour: $298

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Longsheng $7.90
    Datong $12


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

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