A Travel Price Comparison for China Xiamen vs. Longsheng for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Xiamen or Longsheng?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Xiamen and Longsheng 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: Xiamen or Longsheng?

Xiamen

Xiamen is a coastal city in the Fujian Province of China and has been a major port city and gateway to China for centuries. This vibrant and modern city was named the most livable city in the world in 2002 and one of the first cities to be named a Special Economic Zone. Xiamen is best known for being home to Gulangyu Island, a beautiful island full of historic colonial buildings and lovely walking paths.

Longsheng

A county of the city, Guilin, Longsheng is a hub of several ethnic cultures that thrive on farming and tourism. It is located about 50 or so miles north of the Guilin city center. The region is perhaps most known for the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces located in Heping Township. These, along with many other natural features like hot springs, waterfalls, and meadows are a few of the main attractions that draw visitors to Longsheng.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China, The Best Historical Tours in China, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Longsheng or Xiamen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Xiamen is $64, while the average daily cost in Longsheng is $78. 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 Xiamen and Longsheng in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xiamen $31
    Longsheng $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xiamen $62
    Longsheng $40
Compare Hotels in Xiamen and Longsheng

Looking for a hotel in Xiamen or Longsheng? 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 Xiamen


Hotels in Longsheng


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xiamen $6.00
    Longsheng $41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xiamen

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

  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen City and Nanjing Tulou : $115
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Hekeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Yunshuiyao Village from Xiamen City: $93
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hui'an county in Quanzhou: $89
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hua’an Earth Building: $89
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen and Anxi : $89
  • Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Chauffeur Service ,Xiamen Airport Transfer: $47
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi Airport Arrival Transfer to City Area: $30
  • Xiamen Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer to North Railway Station from Downtown Xiamen: $15
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Transfers in Xiamen City: $12
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Gaoqi Airport to Xiamen City Hotel: $10

Is it cheaper to fly into Xiamen or Longsheng?

Prices for flights to both Longsheng and Xiamen 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
    Xiamen $26
    Longsheng $35

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xiamen $16
    Longsheng $8.40

Tours and Activities in Xiamen

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

  • Fujian Tulou Private Day Tour to World Heritage Site Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster: $178
  • 1-Day Xiamen City Highlights and Gulangyu Island Private Tour: $244
  • 1-day Xiapu Photography Tour: East Route: $273
  • 4-Hour Xiamen Private Shore Excursion Tour in Your Way: $121
  • 4-hour Xiamen Private Flexible Tour in Your Way: $113
  • A Night Tour to Xiamen Gulang Island: $100
  • All Inclusive Xiamen Private Layover Tour to Hakka Tulou Village with Options: $234
  • Day Tour to Admire the Panorama of Gulangyu Island and Visit the Precious Birds: $110
  • Dongshan Island Highlights Full-Day Private Tour: $232
  • Flexible Private Xiamen Layover Tour from Cruise Port or Airport : $155
  • Flexible Xiamen Private Half Day Tour with Meal Option: $164
  • Fujian Hakka Tulou Private Day Tour of Tianluokeng and Daping Lou: $194

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xiamen $17
    Longsheng $7.90


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

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



When is the best time to visit Xiamen or Longsheng?

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 Xiamen or Longsheng in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Xiamen and Longsheng.

In July, Xiamen is generally around the same temperature as Longsheng. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 30°C (86°F), and Longsheng fluctuates around 30°C (86°F).

Longsheng receives a lot of rain in the summer. Xiamen gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Longsheng. Xiamen gets 140 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Longsheng receives 206 mm (8.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Xiamen 30°C (86°F) 
    Longsheng 30°C (86°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Longsheng in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Xiamen as well as Longsheng.

Xiamen is around the same temperature as Longsheng in the autumn. The daily temperature in Xiamen averages around 25°C (77°F) in October, and Longsheng fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

Xiamen usually gets less rain in October than Longsheng. Xiamen gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Longsheng receives 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Xiamen 25°C (77°F) 
    Longsheng 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Longsheng in the Winter?

Both Longsheng and Xiamen are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In the winter, Xiamen is a little warmer than Longsheng. Typically, the winter temperatures in Xiamen in January average around 14°C (58°F), and Longsheng averages at about 10°C (49°F).

In January, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Longsheng. Xiamen gets 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Longsheng receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Xiamen 14°C (58°F) 
    Longsheng 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Longsheng in the Spring?

Both Longsheng and Xiamen during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Xiamen is generally around the same temperature as Longsheng. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 20°C (69°F), and Longsheng fluctuates around 20°C (68°F).

Longsheng gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Xiamen. Xiamen usually gets less rain in April than Longsheng. Xiamen gets 147 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Longsheng receives 263 mm (10.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Xiamen 20°C (69°F) 
    Longsheng 20°C (68°F)

Typical Weather for Longsheng and Xiamen

Xiamen Longsheng
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 10°C (49°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Apr 20°C (69°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 263 mm (10.3 in)
May 24°C (76°F) 152 mm (6 in) 25°C (77°F) 334 mm (13.2 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 197 mm (7.7 in) 28°C (82°F) 320 mm (12.6 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 30°C (86°F) 206 mm (8.1 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 30°C (86°F) 168 mm (6.6 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 25 mm (1 in) 12°C (53°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)