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

Should you visit Mount Kailash or Shijiazhuang?

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

Should I visit Mount Kailash or Shijiazhuang? 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 Shijiazhuang?

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.

Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang is the capital city of Hebei Province in China. It is a fairly young city, acting as the regional transport hub and economic center, though there are a few sights worth seeing. The city is also the largest pharmaceutical hub in China, as well as an important center for textile, IT, manufacturing, and chemical industries.

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, Shijiazhuang 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 Shijiazhuang 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 Mount Kailash and Shijiazhuang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mount Kailash $27
    Shijiazhuang $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mount Kailash $54
    Shijiazhuang $88
Compare Hotels in Mount Kailash and Shijiazhuang

Looking for a hotel in Mount Kailash or Shijiazhuang? 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 Shijiazhuang


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mount Kailash $31
    Shijiazhuang $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Mount Kailash or Shijiazhuang?

Prices for flights to both Shijiazhuang 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 $25
    Shijiazhuang $18

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mount Kailash $16
    Shijiazhuang $4.35

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mount Kailash $2.77
    Shijiazhuang $5.14


When comparing the travel costs between Mount Kailash and Shijiazhuang, we can see that Shijiazhuang 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 Shijiazhuang Expensive?.


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