A Travel Price Comparison for China Shandong vs. Jiangsu for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Shandong or Jiangsu?

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 Shandong and Jiangsu can help you decide which place is right for you.

Shandong

Shandong Province, China is located on the Yellow Sea in the north eastern part of the country, with the Yellow River running throughout the province. The province is known for their natural beauty, ancient temples, and pristine cities. The province as a whole does not see many tourists, so expect to get some very friendly attention, especially when traveling through smaller cities.

Jiangsu

Jiangsu is a coastal province of China located just north of Shanghai. With a landscape abundant in lakes, rivers, and canals the region is extremely fertile, known for its quaint water towns and classical Chinese gardens. Its capital, Nanjing, dates back to the first dynasty period and is the birthplace of Wu culture.

Which city is cheaper, Jiangsu or Shandong?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shandong is $46, while the average daily cost in Jiangsu is $85. 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 Shandong and Jiangsu in more detail.



Accommodation

Shandong's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $38. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $19.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Jiangsu is $70. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shandong $19
    Jiangsu $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shandong $38
    Jiangsu $70

Food

In Shandong travelers spend around $15 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about $27 per day in Jiangsu for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Shandong $15
    Jiangsu $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shandong

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

  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jiangsu

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

  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Shandong is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.33 per person, per day, on local transportation in Shandong.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $39 per day to get around in Jiangsu.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shandong $9.33
    Jiangsu $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shandong

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shandong:

  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shenzhen Bay Port and Hong Kong (Trans-island): $6.45
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Panyu and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $11
  • Shared Shenzhen Airport (SZX) Coach Transfers for Hong Kong (Trans-Island): $12
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Hong Kong and Zhaoqing by EE Bus: $12
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Hong Kong and Huadu by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shunde and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Guangzhou and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Heyuan and Hong Kong by EE Bus: $15
  • Shared Hong Kong International Airport Transfers (HKG) for Shenzhen: $15
  • Private Harbin Railway Station Transfer for Harbin: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jiangsu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Jiangsu:

  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shenzhen Bay Port and Hong Kong (Trans-island): $6.45
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Panyu and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $11
  • Shared Shenzhen Airport (SZX) Coach Transfers for Hong Kong (Trans-Island): $12
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Hong Kong and Zhaoqing by EE Bus: $12
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Hong Kong and Huadu by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shunde and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Guangzhou and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Heyuan and Hong Kong by EE Bus: $15
  • Shared Hong Kong International Airport Transfers (HKG) for Shenzhen: $15
  • Private Harbin Railway Station Transfer for Harbin: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Shandong or Jiangsu?

Prices for flights to both Jiangsu and Shandong 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Shandong typically cost an average of $18 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $8.20 per person, per day in Jiangsu. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shandong $18
    Jiangsu $8.20

Tours and Activities in Shandong

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Shandong are as follows:

  • Hupao Park Ticket in Hangzhou (For Mainland China ID Holders): $2.35
  • China Red Sandalwood Museum Ticket in Beijing : $2.79
  • Simatai Great Wall Admission with Cable Car Ticket in Beijing: $3.09
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket Chengdu - ID Card Direct Entry: $4.19
  • Evergreen Resort Ticket in Shenzhen: $6.19
  • Jinxi Ancient Town Attractions Combo Ticket: $6.99
  • Gulangyu Seashell Museum Ticket: $7.45
  • Ferry Round Trip Ticket between Xiamen City and Gulangyu Sanqiutian Pier: $8.55
  • Wuyishan Xiamei Ancient Village Admission Ticket: $8.55
  • Ferry Round Trip Ticket between Xiamen City and Gulangyu Neicuoao Pier: $8.55
  • Shanghai Joy City Rooftop Ferris Wheel - Sky Ring Ticket: $9.29
  • Beijing Palace Museum Ticket (The Forbidden City): $9.29

Tours and Activities in Jiangsu

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Jiangsu are as follows:

  • Hupao Park Ticket in Hangzhou (For Mainland China ID Holders): $2.35
  • China Red Sandalwood Museum Ticket in Beijing : $2.79
  • Simatai Great Wall Admission with Cable Car Ticket in Beijing: $3.09
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket Chengdu - ID Card Direct Entry: $4.19
  • Evergreen Resort Ticket in Shenzhen: $6.19
  • Jinxi Ancient Town Attractions Combo Ticket: $6.99
  • Gulangyu Seashell Museum Ticket: $7.45
  • Ferry Round Trip Ticket between Xiamen City and Gulangyu Sanqiutian Pier: $8.55
  • Wuyishan Xiamei Ancient Village Admission Ticket: $8.55
  • Ferry Round Trip Ticket between Xiamen City and Gulangyu Neicuoao Pier: $8.55
  • Shanghai Joy City Rooftop Ferris Wheel - Sky Ring Ticket: $9.29
  • Beijing Palace Museum Ticket (The Forbidden City): $9.29

Alcohol

The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in Shandong per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $7.55 on alcoholic beverages in Jiangsu per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shandong $13
    Jiangsu $7.55


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

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