Should you visit Shaanxi or Guangxi?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Shaanxi and Guangxi can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Shaanxi is a province of central China-central geographically, culturally, and historically. Its ancient capital, Xian (or Xi'an), was a starting point for the Silk Road and is also famous as the home to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, an archaeological site known for its thousands of clay soldiers called the Terracotta Army. Other attractions include the Hukou waterfalls, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shaanxi History Museum, and the Great Wall of China on Huashan Mountain.
An autonomous region in southern China, Guangxi is mainly known for its impressive landscapes - rivers, caves, and towering karst topography. The Li River winds through the province connecting Guilin and Yangshuo, Guangxi's most popular cities. Other attractions include waterfalls, beaches, rice terraces, and local culture.
Which city is cheaper, Guangxi or Shaanxi?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Shaanxi is $84, while the average daily cost in Guangxi is $0.00. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Shaanxi and Guangxi in more detail.
While meal prices in Shaanxi can vary, the average travelers spends about $11 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Shaanxi should cost around $4.40 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Shaanxi is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Shaanxi.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangxi
Also for Guangxi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
3-Star Li-River Cruise boat ticket and River Wharf Transfer from Guilin hotel:
4-Star Li-River Cruise boat ticket and River Wharf Transfer from Guilin hotel:
3-Star Li-River Cruise boat ticket and River Wharf Transfer from Yangshuo hotel:
4-Star Li-River Cruise boat ticket and River Wharf Transfer from Yangshuo hotel:
Is it cheaper to fly into Shaanxi or Guangxi?
Prices for flights to both Guangxi and Shaanxi 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $31 per person, per day in Shaanxi. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Guangxi
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Guangxi.
Li River boat ticket (cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo):
5-day Private Guilin Tour with Longji Rice Terraces Exploration:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Shaanxi and Guangxi, we can see that Shaanxi is more expensive. And not only is Guangxi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Guangxi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guangxi 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 Shaanxi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Shaanxi than you might in Guangxi.