A Travel Price Comparison for China Yangshuo vs. Dali for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Yangshuo or Dali?

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 Yangshuo and Dali can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Yangshuo or Dali?


A county of the city, Guilin, Yangshuo is located in a region famous for its karst topography. Surrounded by jagged mountain peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River, Yangshuo has become a popular home base for tourists looking to explore the region's natural wonders. Backpackers and tourists, both foreign and domestic, come to Yangshuo every year making it a city of many cultures. Most locals are even able to speak English, which is fairly uncommon for Chinese cities.


Dali is a city in southern China with a long and glorious history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Xiaguan neighborhood of the city is the modern industrial center where most public transportation arrives; however, the Old Town of Dali is the place that draws the most visitors. Being one of China's ancient cities, Dali is said to have been a gateway to the Silk Road, and still attracts attention with its traditional architecture, beautiful scenery, ethnic cultures, and nightlife.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to China, The Best Tours for Seniors to China, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa.

Which place is cheaper, Dali or Yangshuo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yangshuo is $72, while the average daily cost in Dali is $48. 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 Yangshuo and Dali in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yangshuo $25
    Dali $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yangshuo $50
    Dali $34
Compare Hotels in Yangshuo and Dali

Looking for a hotel in Yangshuo or Dali? 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 Yangshuo

Hotels in Dali

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yangshuo $42
    Dali $9.21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yangshuo

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

  • Yangshuo Via Ferrata with Round way private transfer from Yangshuo hotel: $56
  • Yangshuo Rock Climbing with Hotel Transfer (3 hours): $69
  • Visit 100% primitive cave with Transfer: $97
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Xingping hotel: $21
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin hotel: $37
  • Private Transfer from Xingping hotel to Guilin hotel: $64
  • Private Impression Sanjie Liu Evening Show with Hotel Transfer: $88
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin Train Stations: $49
  • Guilin Private Transfer in English-speaking Services: Between Airport & Yangshuo: $106

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Dali

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dali:

  • Local Bus

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dali

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

  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel and Stops at Shaxi Old Town: $160
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel: $149
  • Dali Airport Chauffeur Service,Dali Airport Transfer: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Yangshuo or Dali?

Prices for flights to both Dali and Yangshuo 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
    Yangshuo $19
    Dali $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yangshuo

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

  • Full-day Cultural Experience: Taichi, Cooking & Painting Lessons: $100
  • The impression Liu sanjie show and local dinner in town : $145
  • Yangshuo Full Day Tour: Cooking class, River boat, Light Show: $259

Typical Food Prices in Dali

For Dali, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Lunch
  • Breakfast

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yangshuo $23
    Dali $18

Tours and Activities in Yangshuo

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

  • Longji Rice Terraces Day Tour from Yangshuo hotel: $181
  • Yangshuo Helicopter Tour from Yangshuo hotel: $149
  • 1 Day - Yangshuo Bike Tour: $80
  • 1-Day Guilin City Tour and Ends of Longji Rice Terraces from Yangshuo: $218
  • 1-Day Longji Rice Terraces hiking tour from Guilin/Yangshuo hotel: $188
  • 2 Day - Longji Rice Terraces - Sunrise Hiking Tour: $280
  • From Guilin or Top 4 Highlights Private Day tour: $157
  • Full-Day Li-River Tour from Yangshuo to Yangdi With the English Speaking Driver: $159
  • Full-day Tour: Longji Rice Terraces & Minority Villages: $146
  • Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Private Tour: $137
  • Guilin Highlight Sightseeing Private Day City Tour: $139
  • Guilin Tea plantation and Longji Rice Terraces Day Tour from Xingping hotel: $181

Tours and Activities in Dali

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

  • 1 day Dali Highlights Mini Group Tour: $140
  • 1-Day Dali tour with the Daili old town, Xizhou Village and Three Pagodas: $195
  • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
  • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
  • 2-Days Self-Guided tour from Dali to Lijiang and overnight in Shaxi old town: $205
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Shaxi Ancient Town from Dali: $213
  • Dali Private Tour to Xizhou Ancient Town and Erhai Lake : $186
  • Dali Yunnan Local Market + Pottery Making Eco Tour: $220
  • Private Customized Tour: Dali City Highlights in One Day: $213
  • Private Day Tour of Dali Explore the Ancient City: $175
  • Private hiking and trekking tour to Cangshan Mountain from Dali: $175
  • Private tour to Xizhou old town local market Erhai lake three Pagodas from Dali: $184

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yangshuo $33
    Dali $11

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

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

Which is Bigger, Yangshuo or Dali?

Yangshuo has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Dali. When comparing the sizes of Yangshuo and Dali, 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.