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

Should you visit Wuyuan or Harbin?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Wuyuan and Harbin can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Wuyuan or Harbin?

Wuyuan

Wuyuan, China is a small city in the Jiangxi Province in the south central area of the country. The city acts as a transport hub for the province, with many main bus routes running through it. Wuyuan also acts as the main thoroughfare when traveling to local remote villages in the area. It is best to know some Mandarin as this region does not see many non-Mandarin speaking tourists, which also means you should expect some very friendly attention!

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Harbin or Wuyuan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Wuyuan is $57, 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 Wuyuan and Harbin in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Wuyuan $26
    Harbin $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Wuyuan $52
    Harbin $42
Compare Hotels in Wuyuan and Harbin

Looking for a hotel in Wuyuan 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 Wuyuan


Hotels in Harbin


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Wuyuan $13
    Harbin $1.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Harbin

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

  • Shared Transfer Service to Ice and Snow World, Sun Island Snow Festival: $250
  • Harbin City Car Transfer Service with Driver: $168
  • Private Full Day Transfer Service to Harbin Top Winter Attractions: $168
  • Private Arrival Transfer to China's Snow Town from Harbin HRB Airport: $149
  • Harbin Private Transfer from Harbin Airport (HRB) to central Harbin: $116
  • Shared Night Transfer Service to Harbin Ice and Snow World: $85
  • Harbin Taiping Airport Chauffeur Service , Harbin Airport Transfer,Pick up: $78
  • Private HRB Airport Arrival Transfer to Harbin City Hotel: $70
  • Private HRB Airport Departure Transfer from Harbin City Hotel: $70
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin West Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $65
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $55
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Wuyuan or Harbin?

Prices for flights to both Harbin and Wuyuan 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
    Wuyuan $20
    Harbin $14
Typical Food Prices in Wuyuan

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Wuyuan:


  • Gummy Candy
    $0.28
  • Cookies
    $0.69

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.
    Wuyuan $19
    Harbin $53

Tours and Activities in Harbin

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

  • 1-Day Harbin Private Tour: $130
  • 2-Day Harbin City Private Tour in Your Way in Winter Season: $280
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of the Largest Indoor Ice and Snow Paradise: $136
  • From Amazing Day Trip Including tickets: $400
  • Full Day Private Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: $250
  • Group Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World plus Sun Island Snow Sculpture Festival: $298
  • Harbin City Group Tour including Crossing Songhua River by Ropeway and Ice Swimming Show: $290
  • Harbin City Private Day Tour in Your Way in Winter Season: $200
  • Harbin City Walking Sightseeing : $198
  • Harbin Ice Festival New Year Eve Countdown Group Tour on December 31: $200
  • Private City Tour of Harbin: $360
  • Private Customized Harbin City Day Tour by Public Transportation: $220

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Wuyuan $14
    Harbin $7.85


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



When is the best time to visit Wuyuan or Harbin?

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 Wuyuan or Harbin in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Wuyuan and Harbin.

Wuyuan is a little warmer than Harbin in the summer. The daily temperature in Wuyuan averages around 30°C (85°F) in July, and Harbin fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

Harbin receives a lot of rain in the summer. Wuyuan gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Wuyuan usually receives more rain than Harbin. Wuyuan gets 192 mm (7.6 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Wuyuan 30°C (85°F) 
    Harbin 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Harbin in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Wuyuan as well as Harbin.

In the autumn, Wuyuan is much warmer than Harbin. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Wuyuan in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Harbin averages at about 7°C (44°F).

Wuyuan usually gets more rain in October than Harbin. Wuyuan gets 82 mm (3.2 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Wuyuan 20°C (68°F) 
    Harbin 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Harbin in the Winter?

Both Harbin and Wuyuan are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Harbin can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Wuyuan is generally much warmer than Harbin. Daily temperatures in Wuyuan average around 6°C (43°F), and Harbin fluctuates around -18°C (-0°F).

In January, Wuyuan usually receives more rain than Harbin. Wuyuan gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Wuyuan 6°C (43°F) 
    Harbin -18°C (-0°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Harbin in the Spring?

Both Harbin and Wuyuan during the spring are popular places to visit.

Wuyuan is much warmer than Harbin in the spring. The daily temperature in Wuyuan averages around 18°C (64°F) in April, and Harbin fluctuates around 8°C (46°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Wuyuan. Wuyuan usually gets more rain in April than Harbin. Wuyuan gets 238 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 21 mm (0.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Wuyuan 18°C (64°F) 
    Harbin 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Harbin and Wuyuan

Wuyuan Harbin
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) -18°C (-0°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 123 mm (4.9 in) -14°C (7°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 174 mm (6.8 in) -3°C (26°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 18°C (64°F) 238 mm (9.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 257 mm (10.1 in) 15°C (60°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 270 mm (10.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 30°C (85°F) 192 mm (7.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 107 mm (4.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Sep 26°C (78°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 7°C (44°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) -4°C (24°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) -14°C (7°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)