A Travel Price Comparison for China Shenzhen vs. Lijiang for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Shenzhen or Lijiang?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Shenzhen and Lijiang can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Shenzhen or Lijiang?

Shenzhen

Located in the Guangdong Province of southeastern China, Shenzhen is a metropolis that connects Hong Kong to China's mainland. It is one of China's most populous cities, inhabited by vast array of people from other Chinese regions.  It is perhaps best known for it shopping, collection of amusement parks, green parks, museums and galleries, and a few historic sites. It is on UNESCO's Creative Cities list.

Lijiang

Lijiang is a city in Southwestern China with a history of rule under the Mu family during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It played a key role along the Ancient Southern Silk Road, which started from Burma, crossed Lijiang, Shangri-La County, Tibet, journeyed through Iran, the Fertile Crescent, and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea. The area was once a center for trade, politics, culture, and education, which is still evident in the rich culture seen today. Lijiang has also been the home of centuries to the Naxi people who still inhabit the area.

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Which place is cheaper, Lijiang or Shenzhen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shenzhen is $123, while the average daily cost in Lijiang is $40. 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 Shenzhen and Lijiang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shenzhen $89
    Lijiang $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shenzhen $178
    Lijiang $30
Compare Hotels in Shenzhen and Lijiang

Looking for a hotel in Shenzhen or Lijiang? 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 Shenzhen


Hotels in Lijiang


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shenzhen $15
    Lijiang $5.56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shenzhen

Also for Shenzhen, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • [Airport Transfer] Shenzhen Airport 送 迎 Shenzhen City Transfer High reputation for service! : $32
  • Transfers anywhere in Hong Kong: $140
  • Shenzhen to Shenzhen Airport (SZX) - Departure Private Transfer: $47
  • Shenzhen Private Transfer from Shenzhen central to Shenzhen Bao'an Airport (SZX): $79
  • Shenzhen Private Transfer from Shenzhen Bao'an Airport (SZX) to central Shenzhen: $79
  • Shenzhen Int Airport (SZX) to Shenzhen - Arrival Private Transfer: $47
  • Shenzhen Bao'an Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Center: $49
  • Shenzhen Airport (SZX): Private Transfer to/from Shenzhen: $48
  • Shenzhen Airport (SZX) to Round Trip Private Transfer: $95
  • Shenzhen Airport (SZX) to Guangzhou - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $106
  • Private Transfer from Shenzhen Int Airport (SZX) to Shekou Port: $42
  • Private Transfer from Shenzhen Baoan Airport to Shenzhen Hotel: $73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lijiang

Also for Lijiang, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Lijiang/Shuhe hotel to Shangri-la(Diqing) hotel: $149
  • Private Transfer from Lijiang/Shuhe hotel to Dali and Stops at Shaxi Old Town: $160
  • Private Transfer from Lijiang/Shuhe hotel to Dali : $149
  • Lijiang Sanyi International Airport Chauffeur Service,Lijiang Airport Transfer: $57

Is it cheaper to fly into Shenzhen or Lijiang?

Prices for flights to both Lijiang and Shenzhen 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
    Shenzhen $20
    Lijiang $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shenzhen

For Shenzhen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Vegetarian Food Tour: $77
  • Hong Kong Guided Dinner + Laser Show Lounge Entry (2023) | 200+ booked : $100
  • Hong Kong Food Tour: Central and Sheung Wan Districts: $108
  • Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option: $109
  • Private Food Tour With the Locals in Hong Kong: $143
  • Traditional Chinese Pun Choi cooking class in Hong Kong: $146
  • Hong Kong Crazy Rich Asian Food Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private : $164
  • Hong Kong Food Tour with a Local: A Feast for Foodies 100% Personalized: $164
  • Kowloon Street Food Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private: $164
  • Private Food Tour: Hong Kong Island: $237

Typical Food Prices in Lijiang

For Lijiang, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lijiang

For Lijiang, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Lijiang Naxi Cuisine Cooking Class & Market Visit: $59
  • Lijiang Naxi Cuisine Cooking Class & Market Visit: $65

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shenzhen $17
    Lijiang $19

Tours and Activities in Shenzhen

For Shenzhen, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • SEAT-IN-COACH Macau Tour with simple buffet lunch from Hong Kong: $188
  • Shenzhen Self-Guided Flexible Tour with Private Car and Driver : $86
  • (Private class) Hong Kong gourmet baking experience class: Hong Kong-style egg tart + custard mooncake: $89
  • 2.5-Hour Shenzhen City-Village Walking Tour: Back In The 90's & TikTok Influence: $51
  • 4-Hour Small Group Kowloon Sightseeing Tour: $103
  • 60 Minutes Virtual Reality Experience in Hong Kong: $37
  • A Magical Evening in Hong Kong: Private City Tour: $104
  • A Perfect Hong Kong Layover - 5h private tour: $275
  • Afternoon Hiking Tour Sharp Island Geopark: $38
  • Aqua Luna: Evening Cruise at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong: $40
  • Aqua Luna: Symphony of Lights Cruise in Hong Kong: $49
  • Authentic Hong Kong Private Tour: $275

Tours and Activities in Lijiang

For Lijiang, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Private Tour to Shaxi Ancient Town from Lijiang or Dali: $165
  • 1 Day Tiger Teaping Gorge Private Tour from Lijiang or Shangri-La: $170
  • 1-Day Private Tour to Lijiang Highlights: $297
  • 2 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour by public coach: $189
  • 2-Days Self-Guided tour from Lijiang to Dali and overnight in Shaxi old town: $212
  • 4 Hour Private Lijiang City Highlights Walking Tour: $72
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Shaxi Ancient Town from Lijiang: $221
  • Biking tour&guide visit Lijiang baisha village market park: $160
  • Country Biking tour to lashi lake Lamaism temple baisha village from Lijiang: $180
  • Flexible Lijiang City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $218
  • Flexible Lijiang City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $208
  • Lijiang Private Essentials Tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain including Cable Car: $258

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shenzhen $19
    Lijiang $7.83


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Shenzhen Expensive? and Is Lijiang Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Shenzhen or Lijiang?

Lijiang has a larger population, and is about 13% larger than the population of Shenzhen. When comparing the sizes of Shenzhen and Lijiang, 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.