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

Should you visit Nanchang or Guangzhou?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Nanchang and Guangzhou can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Nanchang or Guangzhou?


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.


With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in China, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China, The Best 2-Week Tours in China, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China.

Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Nanchang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nanchang is $58, while the average daily cost in Guangzhou is $88. 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 Nanchang and Guangzhou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nanchang $19
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nanchang $38
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Nanchang and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Nanchang or Guangzhou? 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 Nanchang

Hotels in Guangzhou

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nanchang $11
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Pearl River Night Cruise with Private Transfers in Guangzhou: $129
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 5 pax: $120
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Shenzhen City Area: $104
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: $88
  • Guangzhou Airport: Private Transfer to/from Guangzhou: $70
  • Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transfer: $69
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $69
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou city hotels to Shekou Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Int Airport to Shekou Port: $62

Is it cheaper to fly into Nanchang or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Nanchang 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
    Nanchang $32
    Guangzhou $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Evening Food Tour Through Local Neighborhood: $65
  • Guangzhou walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Cruise: $107
  • Private Guangzhou Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Night Cruise: $119
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $130
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private City Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $215

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nanchang $4.54
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Private Tour of Foshan: The Ancestral Temple and Other Options from Guangzhou : $167
  • 1 Day Guangzhou City Highlight Layover Tour from Airport: $276
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 4 Hours Half Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private Tour: $145
  • 4-Hour Chinese Tea Culture Tea Ceremony Tea Market Private Tour: $130
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 5-Hour Private Day Tour to Visit Unique Architecture in Guangzhou: $130
  • 7-Hour Customised Private Guangzhou Sightseeing and Shopping Tour: $153
  • 7-Hour Private Day Tour to Sunac Land Amusement Park in Guangzhou: $128
  • 9-Hour Gulong Gorge and Huangteng Gorge Glass Bridge Private Tour: $159
  • 9-Hour Opium War Museum History Relic Private Tour from Guangzhou: $187

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nanchang $6.29
    Guangzhou $14

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nanchang and Guangzhou, we can see that Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Guangzhou 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 Nanchang Expensive? and Is Guangzhou Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Nanchang or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 68% larger than the population of Nanchang. When comparing the sizes of Nanchang and Guangzhou, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Nanchang or Guangzhou?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Nanchang or Guangzhou in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Nanchang as well as Guangzhou.

In July, Nanchang is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Nanchang average around 30°C (86°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Nanchang this time of the year. In the summer, Nanchang often gets more sunshine than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 262 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 220 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Guangzhou. Nanchang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Nanchang usually gets less rain in July than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Nanchang 30°C (86°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Nanchang or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

Both Guangzhou and Nanchang are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

Nanchang is cooler than Guangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Nanchang averages around 20°C (68°F) in October, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

Nanchang usually receives less sunshine than Guangzhou during autumn. Nanchang gets 161 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 192 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Nanchang usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Nanchang 20°C (68°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Nanchang or Guangzhou in the Winter?

Both Guangzhou and Nanchang during the winter are popular places to visit.

In the winter, Nanchang is much colder than Guangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Nanchang in January average around 6°C (43°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 14°C (58°F).

In the winter, Nanchang often gets less sunshine than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 103 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 133 hours of full sun.

Nanchang usually gets more rain in January than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Nanchang 6°C (43°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Nanchang or Guangzhou in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Nanchang and Guangzhou.

In April, Nanchang is generally cooler than Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Nanchang average around 18°C (64°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

Nanchang usually receives more sunshine than Guangzhou during spring. Nanchang gets 116 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 78 hours of full sun in the spring.

Guangzhou receives a lot of rain in the spring. Nanchang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Nanchang usually receives more rain than Guangzhou. Nanchang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Nanchang 18°C (64°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Nanchang

Nanchang Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 7°C (45°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 12°C (53°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 18°C (64°F) 229 mm (9 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 232 mm (9.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 266 mm (10.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 121 mm (4.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 30°C (86°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 26°C (78°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)