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

Should you visit Yangshuo or Datong?

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

Where Should I go: Yangshuo or Datong?


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.


If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

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, Datong 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 Datong is $56. 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 Datong in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yangshuo $25
    Datong $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yangshuo $50
    Datong $46
Compare Hotels in Yangshuo and Datong

Looking for a hotel in Yangshuo or Datong? 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 Datong

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yangshuo $42
    Datong $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yangshuo

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

  • Private Transfer from Xingping hotel to Longsheng hotel: $107
  • Visit 100% primitive cave with Transfer: $97
  • Private Impression Sanjie Liu Evening Show with Hotel Transfer: $88
  • Impression Liu Sanjie - Ticket Booking (including Round-trip Transfer): $75
  • Yangshuo Via Ferrata with Round way private transfer from Yangshuo hotel: $56
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin Train Stations: $49
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin International Airport (KWL): $49
  • Private Airport Transfer: Yangshuo Hotel to Guilin Liangjiang Airport: $45
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin hotel: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Datong

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

  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing : $211
  • Chengdu: Private Round-Trip Transfer to Leshan Budda: $128
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple and Hengshan from Datong: $118
  • Dunhuang Private Round Trip Transfer to Jiayuguan and Xuanbi Great Wall : $100
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer to Hanging Temple: $98
  • Datong Hanging Temple Private Transfer from Hotel or Station: $69
  • Transfer from Datong Railway Stations to Hotels in City Center: $35
  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Yangshuo or Datong?

Prices for flights to both Datong 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
    Datong $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yangshuo

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

  • The impression Liu sanjie show and local dinner in town : $145
  • Yangshuo Full Day Tour: Cooking class, River boat, Light Show: $259

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yangshuo $23
    Datong $25

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
  • 1 Day - Yangshuo Bike Tour: $80
  • 1-Day Guilin City Tour and Ends of Longji Rice Terraces from Yangshuo: $218
  • 2 Day - Longji Rice Terraces - Sunrise Hiking Tour: $280
  • All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo: $84
  • 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-day Tour: Spectacular Sunrise, Tea Plantation & Sunset: $134
  • Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Private Tour: $137
  • Guilin Highlight Sightseeing Private Day City Tour: $139
  • Guilin: 3-Day Private Tour with Longsheng&Cruise to Yangshuo: $328

Tours and Activities in Datong

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

  • 1-Day Private Tour: Datong Highlights with the Lunch: $215
  • 2-Day Private Datong Tour:Hanging Temple, Yugang Grottoes,Wooden Pagoda and More: $298
  • All Inclusive Datong Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes : $268
  • All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple at Hengshan from Datong : $188
  • All-Inclusive Private Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple from Datong: $220
  • Datong Day Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple: $203
  • Datong Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda Self-guided Tour by Car: $95
  • Datong Highlights Sightseeing: Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda: $244
  • Datong Private Day Tour to Yanmenguan Great Wall and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda: $258
  • Datong Private Self-guided Tour with Chartered Car: $26
  • Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes Private Tour: $268
  • Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour: $298

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yangshuo $33
    Datong $12

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Yangshuo and Datong, we can see that Yangshuo is more expensive. And not only is Datong much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Datong would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Datong 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 Datong.

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

Which is Bigger, Yangshuo or Datong?

Datong has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Yangshuo. When comparing the sizes of Yangshuo and Datong, 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.