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

Should you visit Shijiazhuang or Chengdu?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Shijiazhuang and Chengdu 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: Shijiazhuang or Chengdu?


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.


Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

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

Which place is cheaper, Chengdu or Shijiazhuang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shijiazhuang is $77, while the average daily cost in Chengdu is $50. 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 Shijiazhuang and Chengdu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shijiazhuang $44
    Chengdu $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shijiazhuang $88
    Chengdu $42
Compare Hotels in Shijiazhuang and Chengdu

Looking for a hotel in Shijiazhuang or Chengdu? 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 Shijiazhuang

Hotels in Chengdu

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $27
    Chengdu $5.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Leshan Giant buddha with Round Airport Transfer: $205
  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $192
  • Airport transfer between Tianfu(TFU) and Chengdu downtown: $40
  • Arrival Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Sedan: $52
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Chengdu Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 40 pax: $230
  • Chengdu Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 5 pax: $120
  • Chengdu City to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $19
  • Chengdu Panda & Giant Buddha Day Tour With Private Transfer: $240
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Ticket w/ Optional Transfer or Guide: $20
  • Chengdu Private Transfer from Chengdu central to Chengdu Airport (CTU): $81
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Transfer to Downtown Hotel: $32

Is it cheaper to fly into Shijiazhuang or Chengdu?

Prices for flights to both Chengdu and Shijiazhuang 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
    Shijiazhuang $18
    Chengdu $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Sichuan Opera Face-Changing Show And Hotpot Dinner Evening Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Chengdu evening food tour by local guide: $61
  • Half day Chengdu Dumpling making Cooking Class: Make from Scratch: $62
  • Half-Day Chengdu Cooking Class with Local Market Visit: $66
  • Tuktuk Food Tour Through Chengdu's Local Eats: $69
  • Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $69
  • Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour With Local Spice Market Visit: $71
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $72
  • Sichuan Opera Show VIP Seat Tickets w/ Transfer or Dinner: $73
  • Half-Day Chengdu Farm Cooking Class & Spice Market Exploration: $75

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

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • local people's opera house experience: $10
  • Chengdu Panda Research Base Tickets And Half Day Tour(Private): $16
  • Chengdu Panda Base and Dujiangyan One-Day Private Tour: $18
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Show Ticket - Shu Feng Ya Yun: $18
  • Skip the Line: Sichuan Opera Chengdu Ticket: $21
  • Panda Breeding Base Tickets Booking: $22
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Evening Show Ticket-Shu Feng Yan Yun : $29
  • Sichuan Opera Shu Feng Yan Yun Evening Show Ticket: $29
  • Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera House Tickets Booking: $29
  • Private Half-Day Walking Tour Unveil Night Life of Chengdu: $30

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shijiazhuang $5.14
    Chengdu $3.94

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

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

Which is Bigger, Shijiazhuang or Chengdu?

Chengdu has a larger population, and is about 98% larger than the population of Shijiazhuang. When comparing the sizes of Shijiazhuang and Chengdu, 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.