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

Should you visit Shijiazhuang or Harbin?

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 Harbin 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 Harbin?

Shijiazhuang

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.

Harbin

Harbin, China is the northernmost major city in the country, with a population of over 10 million. Harbin was founded in 1897 by Russia, which has resulted in a lot of Russian influence throughout the city and many Russian citizens. The city is most famous for their annual International Snow and Ice Festival, a two-month-long festival running from January through February of each year.

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, Harbin 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 Harbin is $54. 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 Harbin in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Shijiazhuang or Harbin? 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 Harbin


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $27
    Harbin $1.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Harbin

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

  • Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Any Harbin Railway Station : $25
  • Harbin Airport (HRB) : Private Arrival Transfer with Meet & Greet Service: $32
  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $27
  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $40
  • Harbin City Car Transfer Service with Driver: $168
  • Harbin Private Transfer from Harbin Airport (HRB) to central Harbin: $116
  • Harbin Taiping Airport Chauffeur Service , Harbin Airport Transfer,Pick up: $78
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $55
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin West Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $65
  • Private Arrival Transfer to China's Snow Town from Harbin HRB Airport: $149
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Any Harbin Railway Station to City Hotel: $29
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Shijiazhuang or Harbin?

Prices for flights to both Harbin 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Shijiazhuang $18
    Harbin $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Harbin

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

  • Harbin Dumpling Cooking Class: $154
  • Half-Day Private Harbin Beer Museum and Food Tour Including Harbin Beer1900: $157
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World with Dinner Options: $261
  • Private Full Day Tour to Harbin Beifang Forest Zoo and Optional Seafood Dinner: $261
  • Hot Spring Experience with Hot Pot Dinner in Harbin: $300

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $4.35
    Harbin $53

Tours and Activities in Harbin

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

  • Private Harbin Ice Lantern Show at Zhaolin Park Night Tour with Zhongyang Pedestrian Street: $104
  • 1-Day Harbin Private Tour: $130
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of the Largest Indoor Ice and Snow Paradise: $136
  • Private Half Day City Tour including Russian Town and Harbin Ropeway Ride: $150
  • Private Half Day Tour Harbin ConfucianTemple and Temple of Bliss (Jile Si): $157
  • Harbin City Walking Sightseeing : $198
  • Small Group Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World: $198
  • Small Group Tour to Harbin Siberian Park Tiger: $200
  • Harbin City Private Day Tour in Your Way in Winter Season: $200
  • Harbin Ice Festival New Year Eve Countdown Group Tour on December 31: $200
  • Private Harbin Ice Festival Night Tour: $209
  • Private Half Day Tour to Unit 731 Museum in Harbin: $209

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shijiazhuang $5.14
    Harbin $7.85


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

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


Which is Bigger, Shijiazhuang or Harbin?

Harbin has a larger population, and is about 62% larger than the population of Shijiazhuang. When comparing the sizes of Shijiazhuang and Harbin, 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 Harbin?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Harbin in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Shijiazhuang as well as Harbin.

Shijiazhuang is a little warmer than Harbin in the summer. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Harbin fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

It's quite rainy in Harbin. Shijiazhuang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in July than Harbin. Shijiazhuang gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shijiazhuang 27°C (81°F) 
    Harbin 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Harbin in the Autumn?

Both Harbin and Shijiazhuang are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Shijiazhuang is much warmer than Harbin. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Shijiazhuang in October average around 15°C (59°F), and Harbin averages at about 7°C (44°F).

In October, Shijiazhuang usually receives more rain than Harbin. Shijiazhuang gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (59°F) 
    Harbin 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Harbin in the Winter?

Both Harbin and Shijiazhuang during the winter are popular places to visit.

It's quite cold in Harbin in the winter. The weather in Shijiazhuang can be very cold. In January, Shijiazhuang is generally much warmer than Harbin. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around -2°C (29°F), and Harbin fluctuates around -18°C (-0°F).

Shijiazhuang usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Harbin. Shijiazhuang gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shijiazhuang -2°C (29°F) 
    Harbin -18°C (-0°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Harbin in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Shijiazhuang and Harbin.

Shijiazhuang is much warmer than Harbin in the spring. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Harbin fluctuates around 8°C (46°F).

In April, Shijiazhuang usually receives more rain than Harbin. Shijiazhuang gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 21 mm (0.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (60°F) 
    Harbin 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Harbin and Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang Harbin
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (29°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) -18°C (-0°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 9 mm (0.3 in) -14°C (7°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) -3°C (26°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
May 21°C (71°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 15°C (60°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 16°C (60°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 7°C (44°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) -4°C (24°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Dec 1°C (33°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) -14°C (7°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)


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