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

Should you visit Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou?

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 Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou?


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.


Hangzhou is a city in Eastern China, about an hour by train from Shanghai, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Each year it attracts more than 20 million tourists who come to see what the city has to offer. Set amongst the natural scenery of lakes and mountains, Hangzhou is modern city that coexists with the old. Historic pagodas and cultural sites built around the central lake sit like they belong amidst the skyscrapers and bustling markets of today.

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, Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou is $65. 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 Hangzhou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shijiazhuang $44
    Hangzhou $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shijiazhuang $88
    Hangzhou $46
Compare Hotels in Shijiazhuang and Hangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou? 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 Hangzhou

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $27
    Hangzhou $8.11

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hangzhou:

  • Local Bus for Two

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • Hangzhou Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $34
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • 2-Day Putuo Mountain Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Private Transfer: $282
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Private Transfer: $128
  • Hangzhou Downtown Transfer To Hangzhou East Railway Station: $32
  • Hangzhou Downtown transfer to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport: $35
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station Transfer To Hangzhou Downtown City: $32
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with Drop-off Options : $131
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town: $165
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: City Hotels to Railway Station: $28
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotels: $33
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Hangzhou 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
    Hangzhou $18

Typical Food Prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hangzhou:

  • Breakfast Pastries
  • Pizza Hut Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

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

  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Tour with Authentic Dinner: $127
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option : $170
  • Hangzhou Private Tour to Wuzhen Water Town with Lunch or Dinner: $213

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $4.34
    Hangzhou $20

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

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

  • Hangzhou Lingyin Temple Tour : $28
  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Culture Experience Tour : $53
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $59
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $65
  • Zuiyi Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $75
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Ticket with Private Transport: $89
  • Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou: $94
  • Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Hefang Heritage Street : $95
  • The most beautiful temple in China-Yongfu Temple tour with vegetarian lunch: $100
  • Songcheng Park & Lengend of Song Dynasty Show Ticket: $100
  • Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour: $100
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou City Private Customized Tour with Options: $112

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shijiazhuang $5.12
    Hangzhou $10

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Shijiazhuang and Hangzhou, we can see that Shijiazhuang is more expensive. And not only is Hangzhou much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hangzhou would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou.

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

Which is Bigger, Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou?

Shijiazhuang has a larger population, and is about 6% larger than the population of Hangzhou. When comparing the sizes of Shijiazhuang and Hangzhou, 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 Hangzhou?

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 Hangzhou in the Summer?

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

Shijiazhuang is around the same temperature as Hangzhou in the summer. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Hangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (85°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Hangzhou. It's quite rainy in Shijiazhuang. In July, Shijiazhuang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Hangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shijiazhuang 27°C (81°F) 
    Hangzhou 29°C (85°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou in the Autumn?

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

In the autumn, Shijiazhuang is cooler than Hangzhou. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Shijiazhuang in October average around 15°C (59°F), and Hangzhou averages at about 19°C (66°F).

Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in October than Hangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (59°F) 
    Hangzhou 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou in the Winter?

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

Hangzhou can be very cold during winter. Shijiazhuang can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Shijiazhuang is generally much colder than Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around -2°C (29°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 5°C (41°F).

In January, Shijiazhuang usually receives less rain than Hangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shijiazhuang -2°C (29°F) 
    Hangzhou 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Hangzhou in the Spring?

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

Shijiazhuang is around the same temperature as Hangzhou in the spring. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Hangzhou fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

It's quite rainy in Hangzhou. Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in April than Hangzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (60°F) 
    Hangzhou 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Hangzhou and Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang Hangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (29°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 9 mm (0.3 in) 6°C (42°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 10°C (50°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
May 21°C (71°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 159 mm (6.3 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 29°C (85°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 24°C (76°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 13°C (56°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 1°C (33°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)