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

Should you visit Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou?

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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou?


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.


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 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, Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou is $89. 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 Guangzhou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shijiazhuang $44
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shijiazhuang $88
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Shijiazhuang and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Shijiazhuang 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 Shijiazhuang

Hotels in Guangzhou

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $27
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Canton Fair Private Transfer between Guangzhou City Center and Pazhou Complex : $32
  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $170
  • Guangzhou Airport: Private Transfer to/from Guangzhou: $70
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $71
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $59
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus Private Transfer Service: $38
  • Guangzhou Downtown Hotel - Baiyun Airport OneWay Private Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou 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
    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 Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $180
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $180
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $4.35
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Foshan Classic Old Town Tour : $15
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Ticket (Redemption Required): $21
  • Original Martial Arts Tour : $40
  • Discovery more Guangzhou evening foodie tour with locals : $65
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $76
  • Foodie Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Guangzhou Walking Tour To Explore The Old Xiguan Area: $89
  • Walking Tour of Xiguan Ancient Town: $89
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • Private Half-Day Guangzhou City Tour with Pickup: $98

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shijiazhuang $5.14
    Guangzhou $14

When comparing the travel costs between Shijiazhuang and Guangzhou, we can see that Guangzhou is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 58% larger than the population of Shijiazhuang. When comparing the sizes of Shijiazhuang 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 Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou in the Summer?

Both Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In July, Shijiazhuang is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around 27°C (81°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. It's quite rainy in Shijiazhuang. In July, Shijiazhuang usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shijiazhuang 27°C (81°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

Both Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang during the autumn are popular places to visit.

Shijiazhuang is much colder than Guangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 15°C (59°F) in October, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in October than Guangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (59°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Shijiazhuang and Guangzhou.

The weather in Shijiazhuang can be very cold. In the winter, Shijiazhuang is much colder than Guangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Shijiazhuang in January average around -2°C (29°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 14°C (58°F).

In January, Shijiazhuang usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shijiazhuang -2°C (29°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Guangzhou in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Shijiazhuang as well as Guangzhou.

In April, Shijiazhuang is generally cooler than Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around 15°C (60°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

It's quite rainy in Guangzhou. Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in April than Guangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (60°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (29°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 9 mm (0.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 21°C (71°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 1°C (33°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)