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

Should you visit Yichang or Guangzhou?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Yichang or Guangzhou, 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 Guangzhou?

Yichang

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!

Guangzhou

With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

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, Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou is $89. 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 Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $24
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $48
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Guangzhou? 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 Guangzhou


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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yichang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Yichang:

  • Private transfer from Yichang to Zhangjiajie: $290

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Arrival Private Transfer: $34
  • Guangzhou to Guangzhou Airport (CAN) - Departure Private Transfer: $34
  • Guangzhou Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $34
  • Guangzhou Downtown Hotel - Baiyun Airport OneWay Private Transfer: $35
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport(CAN): $35
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer: Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Nan Railway Station: $38
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park and City Center: $38
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Baiyun Mountain and City Area: $44
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou City Center to South Railway Station: $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou South Railway Station to City Center : $49
  • Private Baiyun Airport Arrival Transfer to Canton Fair Pazhou Complex: $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Yichang $21
    Guangzhou $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Guangzhou.

  • Private Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Cruise: $107
  • Private Guangzhou Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Night Cruise: $126
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $153
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $153
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private City Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $215

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yichang $18
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Yichang

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

  • Yichang Tourist Center to Yichang Sanxia Airport (YIH): $53
  • Private Tour: Essence of Yichang Day Tour: $165
  • Private Day Tour in Yichang to Sanyou Cave and Sanxia Waterfall : $239

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

Here are a few actual costs in Guangzhou for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Foshan Classic Old Town Tour : $15
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Ticket (Redemption Required): $21
  • Original Martial Arts Tour : $40
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $75
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Tour: $77
  • Half Day Private Tour to Yuntai Garden and Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou: $81
  • Small Group Guangzhou Layover Tour: $87
  • Foodie Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Walking Tour of Xiguan Ancient Town: $89
  • Guangzhou Walking Tour To Explore The Old Xiguan Area: $89

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Guangzhou $14


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Yichang and Guangzhou, we can see that Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Yichang or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Yichang. When comparing the sizes of Yichang and Guangzhou, 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 Guangzhou?

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 Yichang or Guangzhou in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Yichang and Guangzhou.

Yichang is around the same temperature as Guangzhou in the summer. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 29°C (85°F) in July, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Guangzhou this time of the year. In Yichang, it's very sunny this time of the year. Yichang usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Guangzhou during summer. Yichang gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 220 hours of full sun in the summer.

Guangzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yichang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Yichang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Guangzhou. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yichang 29°C (85°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Yichang as well as Guangzhou.

In the autumn, Yichang is cooler than Guangzhou. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Yichang in October average around 20°C (67°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 25°C (76°F).

In the autumn, Yichang often gets less sunshine than Guangzhou. Yichang gets 134 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 192 hours of full sun.

Yichang usually gets more rain in October than Guangzhou. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Guangzhou in the Winter?

Both Guangzhou and Yichang are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In January, Yichang is generally much colder than Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 6°C (43°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

Yichang usually receives less sunshine than Guangzhou during winter. Yichang gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 133 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Yichang usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Guangzhou in the Spring?

Both Guangzhou and Yichang during the spring are popular places to visit.

Yichang is cooler than Guangzhou in the spring. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 18°C (65°F) in April, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

In the spring, Yichang often gets more sunshine than Guangzhou. Yichang gets 129 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 78 hours of full sun.

Guangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Yichang usually gets less rain in April than Guangzhou. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Yichang

Yichang Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)