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

Should you visit Shijiazhuang or Suzhou?

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 Suzhou 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 Suzhou?

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.

Suzhou

Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province famed for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture, featuring elaborate canals and bridges. Located on the Yangtze Delta, the city consists largely of waterways making Suzhou a kind of 'Venice of the Orient.' It is also a hub for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen.

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, Suzhou or Shijiazhuang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shijiazhuang is $76, while the average daily cost in Suzhou is $101. 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 Suzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shijiazhuang $43
    Suzhou $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shijiazhuang $86
    Suzhou $76
Compare Hotels in Shijiazhuang and Suzhou

Looking for a hotel in Shijiazhuang or Suzhou? 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 Suzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $27
    Suzhou $57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town : $143
  • Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $214
  • Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $51
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Zhouzhuang Water Town and Suzhou City: $58
  • Private Suzhou Garden and Water Town Highlight Trip with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $240
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou Chauffeur Service, Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Tongli Water Town : $90
  • Shanghai Pudong Airport - Suzhou Chauffeur Service,Shanghai Airport Transfer: $280
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $87

Is it cheaper to fly into Shijiazhuang or Suzhou?

Prices for flights to both Suzhou 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
    Suzhou $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Alleyway Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Suzhou Alleyway Food Tour: $65
  • Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner: $145

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shijiazhuang $4.32
    Suzhou $9.29

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Suzhou are as follows:

  • Suzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service : $65
  • Zhouzhuang and Tongli Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $70
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Customized Tour: $80
  • Suzhou Private English Tour Guide Service: $91
  • Suzhou Private Walking Tour with Panmen Gate, City Moat and Yiyuan Garden: $101
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • Suzhou Private Flexible City Tour with Lunch Option: $121
  • Wuzhen and Xitang Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $123
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $125
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride : $127
  • Private Suzhou City Amazing Day Tour in Your Way : $127
  • Private Flexible Suzhou Day Tour with Old and New Highlights: $127

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shijiazhuang $5.11
    Suzhou $6.38


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

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


Which is Bigger, Shijiazhuang or Suzhou?

Shijiazhuang has a larger population, and is about 48% larger than the population of Suzhou. When comparing the sizes of Shijiazhuang and Suzhou, 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 Suzhou?

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 Suzhou in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Shijiazhuang and Suzhou.

In July, Shijiazhuang is generally around the same temperature as Suzhou. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around 27°C (81°F), and Suzhou fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

Suzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Shijiazhuang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Shijiazhuang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Suzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 128 mm (5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shijiazhuang 27°C (81°F) 
    Suzhou 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Suzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Shijiazhuang as well as Suzhou.

Shijiazhuang is cooler than Suzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Shijiazhuang averages around 15°C (59°F) in October, and Suzhou fluctuates around 19°C (65°F).

Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in October than Suzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (59°F) 
    Suzhou 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Suzhou in the Winter?

Both Suzhou and Shijiazhuang are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Suzhou can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Shijiazhuang. In the winter, Shijiazhuang is much colder than Suzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Shijiazhuang in January average around -2°C (29°F), and Suzhou averages at about 4°C (39°F).

In January, Shijiazhuang usually receives less rain than Suzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shijiazhuang -2°C (29°F) 
    Suzhou 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Shijiazhuang or Suzhou in the Spring?

Both Suzhou and Shijiazhuang during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Shijiazhuang is generally around the same temperature as Suzhou. Daily temperatures in Shijiazhuang average around 15°C (60°F), and Suzhou fluctuates around 15°C (58°F).

Suzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Shijiazhuang usually gets less rain in April than Suzhou. Shijiazhuang gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shijiazhuang 15°C (60°F) 
    Suzhou 15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Suzhou and Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang Suzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (29°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 9 mm (0.3 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 21°C (71°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Dec 1°C (33°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)