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

Should you visit Mount Kailash or Nanchang?

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

Should I visit Mount Kailash or Nanchang? 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 Nanchang?

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.

Nanchang

Capital of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang is a city of southern China with a significant history. Landmarks like the Tengwang Pavilion represent the city's distant past, while its nickname - "the city of Heroes" - comes from the 1927 Nanchang Uprising when the Communist Party began. Today the city serves as a center for politics, economy, culture, science, education, commerce, and transportation.

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Which place is cheaper, Nanchang 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 Nanchang is $58. 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 Nanchang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mount Kailash $27
    Nanchang $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mount Kailash $54
    Nanchang $38
Compare Hotels in Mount Kailash and Nanchang

Looking for a hotel in Mount Kailash or Nanchang? 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 Mount Kailash


Hotels in Nanchang


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mount Kailash $31
    Nanchang $11

Is it cheaper to fly into Mount Kailash or Nanchang?

Prices for flights to both Nanchang 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Mount Kailash $24
    Nanchang $32

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mount Kailash $15
    Nanchang $4.55

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mount Kailash $2.75
    Nanchang $6.29


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

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 Nanchang Expensive?.