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

Should you visit Taiyuan or Guangzhou?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Taiyuan and Guangzhou. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Taiyuan or Guangzhou?

Taiyuan

With sleek architectural designs and blossoming businesses, this metropolis is simply brimming with invigorating excitement and once-in-a-lifetime entertainment. Despite its glimmering skyscrapers and gorgeous fountains, Taiyuan, China has an extensive history of nearly 2,500 years. During ancient China, Taiyuan, or the "Dragon City," was a major military town. Presently, this city is now one of China's most important industrial cities, producing more than half of the national coal mining output. Taiyuan is both the capital and largest city of the Shanxi province of North China. It is bounded by mountains on three of its sides, allowing this great city to be surrounded by fantastic views of its landscape. Besides its economic significance, Taiyuan also achieves tourist significance due to its plethora of landmarks and sights. Some of these attractions include Jinci Temple, Forest Park, Mengshan Giant Buddha, and Shanxi Museum. Taiyuan is also celebrated internationally for holding their annual Shanxi Taiyuan International Folk Arts Festival, a celebration held in September that hosts exhibition of fine arts, painting, paper-cutting, sculpture, drama, acrobatic and the culture of costume. With such a great deal to do in such a limited window of time, it is best to make the most Taiyuan while you visit!

Guangzhou

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.

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Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Taiyuan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Taiyuan is $90, 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 Taiyuan and Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Taiyuan $42
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Taiyuan $84
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Taiyuan and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Taiyuan 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 Taiyuan


Hotels in Guangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Taiyuan $47
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Private Day Tour to Zhuhai from Guangzhou by Private Transfer: $300
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $170
  • Pearl River Night Cruise with Private Transfers in Guangzhou: $129
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport : $108
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Zhuhai City Area : $104
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Private Arrival Transfer in English-speaking: Airport to Hotel: $99
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Hotel: $88
  • Guangzhou Private Transfer from Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to central Guangzhou: $87
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Taiyuan or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Taiyuan 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
    Taiyuan $20
    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
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Taiyuan $15
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Private Tour of Foshan: The Ancestral Temple and Other Options from Guangzhou : $167
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 4-Hour Baiyun Mountain Yuntai Garden Private Guangzhou City Tour: $180
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 5-Hour Private Guangzhou Yumcha Tasting with Local Food Market Experience : $118
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Ancient Foshan Day Tour from Guangzhou: $201
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110
  • Big Buddha Mountain Martial Art Culture Countryside Private Tour: $220
  • Canton Tower and Pearl River Cruise Guangzhou Private Night Tour: $140

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Taiyuan $6.32
    Guangzhou $14


When comparing the travel costs between Taiyuan and Guangzhou, we can see that Taiyuan 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 Taiyuan Expensive? and Is Guangzhou Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Taiyuan or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 16% larger than the population of Taiyuan. When comparing the sizes of Taiyuan 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.