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

Should you visit Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie?

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 Zhangjiajie can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie?


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!


Zhangjiajie, China is a picturesque city located in the northwest of the Hunan Province. This ancient city, which dates all the way back to the Stone Age, is famous for being home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie is also known for being a popular filming location and and overall great place to escape the bustling Chinese cities. Zhangjiajie has its own dialect, which is a branch of the Hunan and Southern dialects, so Mandarin does not always translate when trying to speak to locals here.

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, Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie is $63. 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 Zhangjiajie in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Wuyuan $26
    Zhangjiajie $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Wuyuan $52
    Zhangjiajie $60
Compare Hotels in Wuyuan and Zhangjiajie

Looking for a hotel in Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie? 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 Zhangjiajie

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Wuyuan $13
    Zhangjiajie $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zhangjiajie

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

  • Private transfer from Zhangjiajie(Wulingyuan) to Changsha area: $213
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Furong old town: $187
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Aizhai bridge area: $187
  • Private Transfer: Zhangjiajie to/from Fenghuang : $149
  • Fox Fairy Show VIP Ticket with Private Transfer: $63
  • Zhangjiajie Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $18

Is it cheaper to fly into Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie?

Prices for flights to both Zhangjiajie 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 Meals for one day
    Wuyuan $20
    Zhangjiajie $20
Typical Food Prices in Wuyuan

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

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zhangjiajie

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

  • Full-Day Private Discovery Tour to Tianmen Mountain National Park with Dinner: $184

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Wuyuan $19
    Zhangjiajie $23

Tours and Activities in Zhangjiajie

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Zhangjiajie.

  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Avatar) & Yellow Dragon Cave Private Day Tour: $189
  • (Private Day Tour) Zhangjiajie National Park + Tianzi Mountain: $195
  • 1 Day Tianmen Mountain Tour: $139
  • 1 Day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain and Glass Skywalk Tour: $154
  • 2-Day “Best Of Zhangjiajie”-Avatar World & Tianmen Mountain Tour: $260
  • 2-Day Zhangjiajie Happy Foodie&Sightseeing Tour: $300
  • 2-Day Zhangjiajie Tour Including Yuanjiajie Mountains: $550
  • 3-Day Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Tour: $234
  • 4-Day Highlights of Zhangjiajie With Sunrise Experience: $366
  • 4-Day Impressive Zhangjiajie Filming Package Tour: $1,100
  • 4-Day Zhangjiajie And Fenghuang Tour With Tickets: $1,100
  • Baofeng Lake,Yellow Dragon cave and Glass Bridge Full Day Tour : $265

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Wuyuan $14
    Zhangjiajie $16

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

When is the best time to visit Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie?

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 Zhangjiajie in the Summer?

Both Zhangjiajie and Wuyuan are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Wuyuan is around the same temperature as Zhangjiajie in the summer. The daily temperature in Wuyuan averages around 30°C (85°F) in July, and Zhangjiajie fluctuates around 29°C (85°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Zhangjiajie. It's quite rainy in Wuyuan. In July, Wuyuan usually receives more rain than Zhangjiajie. Wuyuan gets 192 mm (7.6 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Wuyuan 30°C (85°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 29°C (85°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie in the Autumn?

Both Zhangjiajie and Wuyuan during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In the autumn, Wuyuan is around the same temperature as Zhangjiajie. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Wuyuan in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Zhangjiajie averages at about 19°C (65°F).

Wuyuan usually gets less rain in October than Zhangjiajie. Wuyuan gets 82 mm (3.2 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 90 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Wuyuan 20°C (68°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Wuyuan and Zhangjiajie.

In January, Wuyuan is generally a little warmer than Zhangjiajie. Daily temperatures in Wuyuan average around 6°C (43°F), and Zhangjiajie fluctuates around 5°C (42°F).

In January, Wuyuan usually receives more rain than Zhangjiajie. Wuyuan gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Wuyuan 6°C (43°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 5°C (42°F)

Should I visit Wuyuan or Zhangjiajie in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Wuyuan as well as Zhangjiajie.

Wuyuan is around the same temperature as Zhangjiajie in the spring. The daily temperature in Wuyuan averages around 18°C (64°F) in April, and Zhangjiajie fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

It's quite rainy in Zhangjiajie. Wuyuan receives a lot of rain in the spring. Wuyuan usually gets more rain in April than Zhangjiajie. Wuyuan gets 238 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 166 mm (6.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Wuyuan 18°C (64°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Zhangjiajie and Wuyuan

Wuyuan Zhangjiajie
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 5°C (42°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 123 mm (4.9 in) 6°C (44°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 174 mm (6.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 18°C (64°F) 238 mm (9.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 166 mm (6.5 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 257 mm (10.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 179 mm (7 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 270 mm (10.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 199 mm (7.8 in)
Jul 30°C (85°F) 192 mm (7.6 in) 29°C (85°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 107 mm (4.2 in) 29°C (83°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Sep 26°C (78°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 24°C (75°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 19°C (65°F) 90 mm (3.6 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 7°C (45°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)