A Travel Price Comparison for China Yichang vs. Dalian for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Yichang or Dalian?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Yichang or Dalian, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Yichang or Dalian?


Yichang, China is an ancient city situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in central China. The city is located just below the famed Three Gorges Dam and is a popular ending point for many Yangtze River cruises. Yichang offers beautiful natural scenery and ancient relics from the Three Kingdom Period.

Yichang experiences cool, rainy, winters and hot, humid, summers. Temperatures tend to stay in the 40's Fahrenheit during winter and the 80's in the summer. Spring, Summer, and Autumn are fantastic times to visit, although if you prefer to beat the heat, stay away during late summer!


Dalian, China is a very large peninsula city located in the southernmost part of the Liaoning Province in northeast China. The area has a wealth of history, with roots in Russian and Japanese rule, resulting in unique architecture and many universities that attract foreign students and teachers. Dalian is also known for their beautiful green spaces and relaxing beaches which juxtapose a lot of the more industrial cities found throughout other areas of northern China.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing.

Which place is cheaper, Dalian or Yichang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yichang is $58, while the average daily cost in Dalian is $103. 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 Yichang and Dalian in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $25
    Dalian $54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $50
    Dalian $108
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Dalian

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Dalian? 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 Yichang

Hotels in Dalian

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yichang $14
    Dalian $41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $32
  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotel: $33
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $38
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Dalian?

Prices for flights to both Dalian and Yichang 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
    Yichang $22
    Dalian $27

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yichang $18
    Dalian $4.79

Tours and Activities in Yichang

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Yichang are as follows:

  • From Yichang to Chongqing: 5-Day Cruise with Meals: $775
  • Private Day Tour in Yichang to Sanyou Cave and Sanxia Waterfall : $239
  • Private Tour: Essence of Yichang Day Tour: $165
  • Yichang Tourist Center to Yichang Sanxia Airport (YIH): $53
  • Yichang hotel/Sanxia Tourist Center/Maoping pier to Zhangjiajie: $290

Tours and Activities in Dalian

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

  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $159

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Dalian $6.32

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

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

Which is Bigger, Yichang or Dalian?

Dalian has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Yichang. When comparing the sizes of Yichang and Dalian, 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 Yichang or Dalian?

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 Yichang or Dalian in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Yichang as well as Dalian.

In July, Yichang is generally a little warmer than Dalian. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 29°C (85°F), and Dalian fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

It's quite rainy in Dalian. Yichang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yichang usually gets more rain in July than Dalian. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 202 mm (8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yichang 29°C (85°F) 
    Dalian 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Dalian in the Autumn?

Both Dalian and Yichang are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

Yichang is a little warmer than Dalian in the autumn. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 20°C (67°F) in October, and Dalian fluctuates around 15°C (58°F).

In October, Yichang usually receives more rain than Dalian. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Dalian 15°C (58°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Dalian in the Winter?

Both Dalian and Yichang during the winter are popular places to visit.

It's quite cold in Dalian in the winter. In the winter, Yichang is much warmer than Dalian. Typically, the winter temperatures in Yichang in January average around 6°C (43°F), and Dalian averages at about -4°C (25°F).

Yichang usually gets more rain in January than Dalian. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Dalian -4°C (25°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Dalian in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Yichang and Dalian.

In April, Yichang is generally much warmer than Dalian. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 18°C (65°F), and Dalian fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In April, Yichang usually receives more rain than Dalian. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Dalian receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Dalian 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Dalian and Yichang

Yichang Dalian
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) -4°C (25°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -2°C (28°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 4°C (38°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 21°C (69°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 24°C (75°F) 202 mm (8 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 15°C (58°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 7°C (44°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) -0°C (32°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)