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

Should you visit Yangshuo or Hefei?

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

Where Should I go: Yangshuo or Hefei?

Yangshuo

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.

Hefei

While most would consider the city of Hefei a pass-through destination, there are plenty of things to see in the capital city of China's Anhui province.

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


Which place is cheaper, Hefei or Yangshuo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yangshuo is $71, while the average daily cost in Hefei is $62. 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 Hefei in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yangshuo $25
    Hefei $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yangshuo $50
    Hefei $56
Compare Hotels in Yangshuo and Hefei

Looking for a hotel in Yangshuo or Hefei? 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 Hefei


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yangshuo $42
    Hefei $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yangshuo

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

  • Impression Liu Sanjie - Ticket Booking (including Round-trip Transfer): $75
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin Train Stations: $49
  • Private Impression Sanjie Liu Evening Show with Hotel Transfer: $88
  • Private Transfer from Xingping hotel to Yangshuo hotel: $21
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin hotel: $37
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Xingping hotel: $21
  • Yangshuo Via Ferrata with Round way private transfer from Xingping hotel: $67

Is it cheaper to fly into Yangshuo or Hefei?

Prices for flights to both Hefei 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Yangshuo $19
    Hefei $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yangshuo

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

  • Yangshuo Full Day Tour: Cooking class, River boat, Light Show: $259

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yangshuo $23
    Hefei $19

Tours and Activities in Yangshuo

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

  • Impression Sanjie Liu Show Ticket: $45
  • Yangshuo Impression Liusanjie Show Ticket: $45
  • Impression Liusanjie Show Ticket: $47
  • Yangshuo Ruyi peak & round way cable car ticket: $55
  • Half/Full-Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling and Sightseeing Private Tour: $60
  • Entry Ticket to Liu San Jie Impression Show: $71
  • Gullin: Li River Cruise with Pickup and Yangshuo: $79
  • Private Half-Day Bike and Bamboo Raft Tour in Yangshuo: $80
  • 1 Day - Yangshuo Bike Tour: $80
  • All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo: $84
  • Xingping Parasailing Experience Ticket: $89
  • Yangshuo Parasailing Experience Ticket: $89

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


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


Which is Bigger, Yangshuo or Hefei?

Hefei has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Yangshuo. When comparing the sizes of Yangshuo and Hefei, 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.


When is the best time to visit Yangshuo or Hefei?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Yangshuo or Hefei in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Yangshuo as well as Hefei.

Yangshuo is around the same temperature as Hefei in the summer. The daily temperature in Yangshuo averages around 30°C (86°F) in July, and Hefei fluctuates around 29°C (83°F).

It's quite rainy in Hefei. Yangshuo receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yangshuo usually gets more rain in July than Hefei. Yangshuo gets 206 mm (8.1 in) of rain, while Hefei receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yangshuo 30°C (86°F) 
    Hefei 29°C (83°F)

Should I visit Yangshuo or Hefei in the Autumn?

Both Hefei and Yangshuo are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Yangshuo is a little warmer than Hefei. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Yangshuo in October average around 23°C (73°F), and Hefei averages at about 18°C (64°F).

In October, Yangshuo usually receives more rain than Hefei. Yangshuo gets 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Hefei receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yangshuo 23°C (73°F) 
    Hefei 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Yangshuo or Hefei in the Winter?

Both Hefei and Yangshuo during the winter are popular places to visit.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Hefei. In January, Yangshuo is generally much warmer than Hefei. Daily temperatures in Yangshuo average around 10°C (49°F), and Hefei fluctuates around 3°C (38°F).

Yangshuo usually gets more rain in January than Hefei. Yangshuo gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Hefei receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yangshuo 10°C (49°F) 
    Hefei 3°C (38°F)

Should I visit Yangshuo or Hefei in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Yangshuo and Hefei.

Yangshuo is a little warmer than Hefei in the spring. The daily temperature in Yangshuo averages around 20°C (68°F) in April, and Hefei fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

Yangshuo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Yangshuo usually receives more rain than Hefei. Yangshuo gets 263 mm (10.3 in) of rain, while Hefei receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yangshuo 20°C (68°F) 
    Hefei 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Hefei and Yangshuo

Yangshuo Hefei
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (49°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 3°C (38°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 5°C (40°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 129 mm (5.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 20°C (68°F) 263 mm (10.3 in) 16°C (61°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 334 mm (13.2 in) 22°C (71°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 320 mm (12.6 in) 25°C (78°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 206 mm (8.1 in) 29°C (83°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Aug 30°C (86°F) 168 mm (6.6 in) 29°C (83°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 23°C (74°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 17°C (63°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 11°C (53°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 5°C (42°F) 25 mm (1 in)