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

Should you visit Yichang or Hangzhou?

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

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

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!

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a city in Eastern China, about an hour by train from Shanghai, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Each year it attracts more than 20 million tourists who come to see what the city has to offer. Set amongst the natural scenery of lakes and mountains, Hangzhou is modern city that coexists with the old. Historic pagodas and cultural sites built around the central lake sit like they belong amidst the skyscrapers and bustling markets of today.

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, Hangzhou or Yichang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yichang is $57, while the average daily cost in Hangzhou is $65. 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 Hangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $24
    Hangzhou $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $48
    Hangzhou $46
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Hangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Hangzhou? 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 Hangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yichang $14
    Hangzhou $8.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yichang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Yichang:

  • Private transfer from Yichang to Zhangjiajie: $290

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hangzhou:


  • Local Bus for Two
    $0.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • Private Transfer to Impression West Lake show in Hangzhou: $27
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station Transfer To Hangzhou Downtown City: $32
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotels: $33
  • Hangzhou Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $34
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport To Hangzhou downtown city one way private transfer: $35
  • Private Transfer between Hangzhou Safari Park and City Hotels: $37
  • Private Hangzhou Airport Transfer to City Hotels or Railway Station: $41
  • Hangzhou to Shanghai Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $45
  • Hangzhou to Suzhou Bullet Train Ticket with Hangzhou Train Station Transfer: $51
  • Hangzhou to Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Hangzhou Train Station Transfer: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Hangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Hangzhou 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
    Hangzhou $18

Typical Food Prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hangzhou:


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.34
  • Pizza Hut Lunch
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

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

  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option : $170
  • Wuzhen Ancient Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner Option: $185

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yichang $18
    Hangzhou $20

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
  • Yichang higlights tour Three gorge Dam& Chexi day tour: $190
  • Private Day Tour in Yichang to Sanyou Cave and Sanxia Waterfall : $239
  • From Yichang to Chongqing: 5-Day Cruise with Meals: $758
  • From Xi'an: 13-Day Private Tour to Guilin with Flights: $3,863

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

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

  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Culture Experience Tour : $53
  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation Culture Experience Tour: $53
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $59
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $65
  • Zuiyi Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $75
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Ticket with Private Transport: $89
  • One-day Hangzhou Lakeside Mountains Relics & Ruins Hiking – Guided Outdoor Tour : $90
  • Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou: $94
  • Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Hefang Heritage Street : $95
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou Highlights Tour of Lingyin Temple and West Lake: $99
  • The most beautiful temple in China-Yongfu Temple tour with vegetarian lunch: $100
  • Songcheng Park & Lengend of Song Dynasty Show Ticket: $100

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Hangzhou $10


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


Which is Bigger, Yichang or Hangzhou?

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

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 Hangzhou in the Summer?

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

In the summer, Yichang is around the same temperature as Hangzhou. Typically, the summer temperatures in Yichang in July average around 29°C (85°F), and Hangzhou averages at about 29°C (85°F).

Hangzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yichang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Yichang usually receives more rain than Hangzhou. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


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

Should I visit Yichang or Hangzhou in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yichang is generally around the same temperature as Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 20°C (67°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

Yichang usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Hangzhou. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Hangzhou 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Hangzhou in the Winter?

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

The weather in Hangzhou can be very cold. Yichang is a little warmer than Hangzhou in the winter. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 6°C (43°F) in January, and Hangzhou fluctuates around 5°C (41°F).

In January, Yichang usually receives less rain than Hangzhou. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Hangzhou 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Hangzhou in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yichang is a little warmer than Hangzhou. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yichang in April average around 18°C (65°F), and Hangzhou averages at about 16°C (61°F).

Hangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Yichang usually gets less rain in April than Hangzhou. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Hangzhou 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Hangzhou and Yichang

Yichang Hangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 6°C (42°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 159 mm (6.3 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 29°C (85°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 24°C (76°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (56°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 7°C (45°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)