A Travel Price Comparison for China Mount Kailash vs. Guilin for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mount Kailash or Guilin?

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

Should I visit Mount Kailash or Guilin? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Mount Kailash or Guilin?

Mount Kailash

The main point of entry to Mount Kailash is a small village called Darchen. Once an important sheep station for nomads and their flocks, the village has now grown to provide for the pilgrims wishing to embark towards Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. It contains a number of guest houses and restaurants as well as a hotel where pilgrims must get permission from the Public Security Bureau to make the trek around the mountain. Also in the village are a handful of small stores and kiosks, as well as some grounds for camping. It is about 330 km (a one-day bus drive) from the town of Shiquanhe to the northeast, where Gunsa Airport is located, offering flights twice a week to Lhasa and Chengdu.


Guilin is a city in Southern China situated on the west bank of the Li River with Hunan to the north. Its name means, "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus," owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Products like tea, sugar, and wine, can be made from the tree and are found in many shops throughout Guilin. A popular tourist destination, the city is renowned for its scenery of karst topography with unique mountains jutting out of the urban landscape.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China, The Best Historical Tours in China, and The Best 10-Day Tours in China.

Which place is cheaper, Guilin or Mount Kailash?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mount Kailash is $71, while the average daily cost in Guilin is $67. 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 Mount Kailash and Guilin in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mount Kailash $27
    Guilin $34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mount Kailash $54
    Guilin $68
Compare Hotels in Mount Kailash and Guilin

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Hotels in Mount Kailash

Hotels in Guilin

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mount Kailash $31
    Guilin $5.77

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Guilin

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Guilin are as follows:

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guilin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guilin:

  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dongguan Transfer: $71
  • Guilin Airport to Yangshuo: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $190
  • Guilin Private Transfer (English-speaking) Between Guilin Hotels & Yangshuo: $93
  • Guilin Private Transfer in English-speaking Services: Airport to Hotel Roundtrip: $99
  • Guilin Railway stations Transfer Service: $37
  • Guilin Transfer Services: Airport,train station & hotel: $59
  • Guilin liangjiang Airport Chauffeur Service,Guilin Airport Transfer: $57
  • Four Lakes Night Cruise with Round-trip Transfer: $59
  • Haikou Meilan Airport Chauffeur Service, Haikou Airport Transfer, Pick up: $75
  • Haikou Meilan Airport Chauffeur Service, Haikou Airport Transfer, Pick up: $54
  • Haikou Meilan International Airport Chauffeur Service ,Haikou Airport Transfer: $56
  • One Way Transfer Service between Guilin city and airport: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Mount Kailash or Guilin?

Prices for flights to both Guilin and Mount Kailash 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 Meals for one day
    Mount Kailash $25
    Guilin $22

Typical Food Prices in Guilin

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

  • Fresh Coconut Drink

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guilin

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

  • Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour: $62
  • Full-Day Li-River with the 4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room and Yangshuo Cooking Tour: $286

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mount Kailash $16
    Guilin $28

Typical Entertainment Prices in Guilin

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

  • Entrance to the Caves

Tours and Activities in Guilin

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

  • Guilin Yangshuo & Longji Rice Terrace 4 days tour: $21
  • 1-DAY Private Longji Rice Terraces and Minority Villages Tour: $45
  • Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel: $47
  • Guilin City Center Walking Group Tour at Night for Three Hours: $50
  • Private Full-Day City Tour with Fubo Hill: $61
  • Full-Day Guilin Essence and Lifestyle Walking Tour: $69
  • Yangshuo Old Town and Li River Cruise from Guilin: $72
  • One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch: $73
  • Private Bike Tour: Yangshuo Countryside: $73
  • Kayaking Adventure with Local Guide: $73
  • Half/Full day Yangshuo Cuiping hill Sunset Private Tour: $73
  • Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain Sunrise Private Tour: $77

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mount Kailash $2.77
    Guilin $5.73

When comparing the travel costs between Mount Kailash and Guilin, we can see that Mount Kailash is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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