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

Should you visit Yichang or Nanjing?

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

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


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!


Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiangsu Province on the central eastern coast of China, just north of Shanghai. This historically and culturally rich city lies at the lower end of the Yangtze river, resulting in lush and scenic landscapes. Nanjing is well-known for having many popular historical sites, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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, Nanjing 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 Nanjing is $96. 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 Nanjing in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $25
    Nanjing $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $50
    Nanjing $92
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Nanjing

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Nanjing? 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 Nanjing

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yichang $14
    Nanjing $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • [Airport transfer] Nanjing Lukou International Airport ⇔ Nanjing city transfer ☆ High reputation for service! <Charter charter>: $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Nanjing City from Railway Station : $32
  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer from City Center: $32
  • Private Transfer between Nanjing Olympic Stadium and City Hotel: $33
  • Nanjing Airport (NKG) to Nanjing - Arrival Private Transfer : $36
  • Tangshan Hot Spring Spa Resorts Private Transfer from Nanjing City : $44
  • Private Transfer to Nanjing Railway Station from Lukou Airport : $45
  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer to Lukou International Airport: $45
  • Private Departure Transfer from Nanjing City Center to Lukou Int'l Airport: $45
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Center: $45
  • Private NKG Airport Transfer from Nanjing Railway Station: $45
  • Private Nanjing Airport Transfer from City Hotels or Tangshan Hot Spring Resorts: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Nanjing?

Prices for flights to both Nanjing 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
    Nanjing $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nanjing

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

  • 3-Hour Nanjing Authentic Local Food Tour by Public Transportation: $93
  • Flexible Private Nanjing City Night Tour with Dinner Option : $112
  • Nanjing Tangshan Mountain Hot Spring Experience and Hot Pot Dinner: $175
  • Private Amazing Nanjing Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $181

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yichang $18
    Nanjing $9.29

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
  • Yichang hotel/Sanxia Tourist Center/Maoping pier to Zhangjiajie: $290
  • From Yichang to Chongqing: 5-Day Cruise with Meals: $775

Tours and Activities in Nanjing

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

  • Flexible Private Nanjing Independent Tour : $63
  • Nanjing Self-Guided Day Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $70
  • Private Amazing Nanjing City Day Tour in Your Way: $75
  • Nanjing Private English Tour Guide Service: $75
  • Nanjing Professional English Tour Guide Service: $91
  • Half-Day Nanjing Purple Mountain Private Tour in Your Way: $94
  • Yangzhou Self-Guided Tour from Nanjing with Private Car and Driver Service : $94
  • Half-Day Nanjing City Private Flexible Tour : $109
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Xiaoling Tomb, Ming City Wall and Memorial Hall : $115
  • Nanjing Private Flexible Day Tour with Ancient and Modern History: $119
  • Half-Day Private Customized Nanjing City Tour: $122
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour with Xiaoling Tomb and Sun Yatsen Mausoleum : $124

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Nanjing $9.48

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

Which is Bigger, Yichang or Nanjing?

Nanjing has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Yichang. When comparing the sizes of Yichang and Nanjing, 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 Nanjing?

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 Nanjing in the Summer?

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

In the summer, Yichang is around the same temperature as Nanjing. Typically, the summer temperatures in Yichang in July average around 29°C (85°F), and Nanjing averages at about 28°C (83°F).

Nanjing 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 Nanjing. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yichang 29°C (85°F) 
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Nanjing in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yichang is generally a little warmer than Nanjing. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 20°C (67°F), and Nanjing fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

Yichang usually gets more rain in October than Nanjing. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Nanjing in the Winter?

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

It's quite cold in Nanjing in the winter. Yichang is much warmer than Nanjing in the winter. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 6°C (43°F) in January, and Nanjing fluctuates around 3°C (37°F).

In January, Yichang usually receives less rain than Nanjing. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Nanjing in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yichang is a little warmer than Nanjing. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yichang in April average around 18°C (65°F), and Nanjing averages at about 15°C (60°F).

Nanjing gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Yichang usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Nanjing. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Nanjing and Yichang

Yichang Nanjing
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in)