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

Should you visit Yangshuo or Xiamen?

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

Where Should I go: Yangshuo or Xiamen?

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.

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.

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, Xiamen 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 Xiamen is $64. 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 Xiamen in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yangshuo $25
    Xiamen $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yangshuo $50
    Xiamen $60
Compare Hotels in Yangshuo and Xiamen

Looking for a hotel in Yangshuo or Xiamen? 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 Xiamen


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yangshuo $42
    Xiamen $5.98

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xiamen

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

  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Fujian Tulou: $116
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen City and Nanjing Tulou : $115
  • Private Transfer to Gaobei Tulou and Hongkeng Tulou from Xiamen City: $98
  • Private Transfer to Gaobei Tulou and Yunshuiyao Village from Xiamen City: $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Hekeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and HongKeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Yunshuiyao Village from Xiamen City: $93
  • Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and HongKeng Hakka Tulou Cluster: $89
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen and Anxi : $89
  • 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 between Xiamen City and Gaobei Tulou Cluster: $89

Is it cheaper to fly into Yangshuo or Xiamen?

Prices for flights to both Xiamen 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
    Xiamen $26

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
    Xiamen $16

Tours and Activities in Yangshuo

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

  • Yangshuo Helicopter Tour from Yangshuo hotel: $170
  • 1 Day - Yangshuo Bike Tour: $80
  • 1-Day Guilin City Tour and Ends of Longji Rice Terraces from Yangshuo: $218
  • 1-Day Guilin City Tour with the Daxu Town and Yao Mountain from Yangshuo: $187
  • 1-Day Longji Rice Terraces hiking tour from Guilin/Yangshuo hotel: $188
  • 2 Day - Longji Rice Terraces - Sunrise Hiking Tour: $280
  • All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo: $84
  • China:Classic China Sightseeing Tour: $3,699
  • 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: $136

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
  • Xiamen Private One Day Tailor Made Tour with Gulangyu and City Highlights : $176
  • 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 Private Xiamen Layover Tour with Meal: $176

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yangshuo $33
    Xiamen $17


When comparing the travel costs between Yangshuo and Xiamen, 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 Xiamen Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Yangshuo or Xiamen?

Xiamen has a larger population, and is about 93% larger than the population of Yangshuo. When comparing the sizes of Yangshuo and Xiamen, 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 Xiamen?

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 Yangshuo or Xiamen in the Summer?

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

In the summer, Yangshuo is around the same temperature as Xiamen. Typically, the summer temperatures in Yangshuo in July average around 30°C (86°F), and Xiamen averages at about 30°C (86°F).

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


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

Should I visit Yangshuo or Xiamen in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yangshuo is generally around the same temperature as Xiamen. Daily temperatures in Yangshuo average around 23°C (73°F), and Xiamen fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

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


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

Should I visit Yangshuo or Xiamen in the Winter?

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

Yangshuo is cooler than Xiamen in the winter. The daily temperature in Yangshuo averages around 10°C (49°F) in January, and Xiamen fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

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


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

Should I visit Yangshuo or Xiamen in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yangshuo is around the same temperature as Xiamen. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yangshuo in April average around 20°C (68°F), and Xiamen averages at about 20°C (69°F).

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


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

Typical Weather for Xiamen and Yangshuo

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