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

Should you visit Yichang or Yangshuo?

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

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


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!


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.

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, Yangshuo 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 Yangshuo is $71. 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 Yangshuo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $24
    Yangshuo $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $48
    Yangshuo $50
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Yangshuo

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Yangshuo? 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 Yangshuo

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yichang $14
    Yangshuo $42

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 Yangshuo

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

  • Private Transfer from Xingping hotel to Yangshuo hotel: $21
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin hotel: $37
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin Train Stations: $49
  • Private Departure Transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin International Airport (KWL): $49
  • Impression Liu Sanjie - Ticket Booking (including Round-trip Transfer): $75
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Longsheng hotel: $85
  • Private Impression Sanjie Liu Evening Show with Hotel Transfer: $88
  • Private Yangshuo Transfer from Hotel to Longji terraces Hotel: $96
  • Visit 100% primitive cave with Transfer: $97
  • Guilin Private Transfer in English-speaking Services: Between Airport & Yangshuo: $106

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Yangshuo?

Prices for flights to both Yangshuo 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 $21
    Yangshuo $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yangshuo

For Yangshuo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 3-Hour Yangshuo Cooking Class with Yangshuo Town Shopping: $138
  • The impression Liu sanjie show and local dinner in town : $145
  • Yangshuo Full Day Tour: Cooking class, River boat, Light Show: $259

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yichang $18
    Yangshuo $23

Tours and Activities in Yichang

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

  • From Xi'an: 13-Day Private Tour to Guilin with Flights: $3,862
  • From Yichang to Chongqing: 5-Day Cruise with Meals: $758
  • 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 higlights tour Three gorge Dam& Chexi day tour: $190

Tours and Activities in Yangshuo

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

  • Tour to learn Chinese cuisine in Yangshuo group: $37
  • Impression Sanjie Liu Show Ticket: $45
  • Yangshuo Impression Liusanjie Show Ticket: $45
  • Impression Liusanjie Show Ticket: $47
  • Yangshuo Ruyi peak & round way cable car ticket: $55
  • Yangshuo Via Ferrata Ticket: $56
  • Half/Full-Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling and Sightseeing Private Tour: $60
  • Gullin: Li River Cruise with Pickup and Yangshuo: $79
  • Private Half-Day Bike and Bamboo Raft Tour in Yangshuo: $80
  • 1 Day - Yangshuo Bike Tour: $80
  • Yangshuo Parasailing Experience Ticket: $89
  • Xingping Parasailing Experience Ticket: $89

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Yangshuo $33

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

Which is Bigger, Yichang or Yangshuo?

Yichang has a larger population, and is about 59% larger than the population of Yangshuo. When comparing the sizes of Yichang and Yangshuo, 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 Yangshuo?

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 Yangshuo in the Summer?

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

In the summer, Yichang is around the same temperature as Yangshuo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Yichang in July average around 29°C (85°F), and Yangshuo averages at about 30°C (86°F).

It's quite rainy in Yangshuo. Yichang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yichang usually gets more rain in July than Yangshuo. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Yangshuo receives 206 mm (8.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yichang 29°C (85°F) 
    Yangshuo 30°C (86°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Yangshuo in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yichang is generally cooler than Yangshuo. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 20°C (67°F), and Yangshuo fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

In October, Yichang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Yangshuo. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Yangshuo receives 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Yangshuo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Yangshuo in the Winter?

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

Yichang is much colder than Yangshuo in the winter. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 6°C (43°F) in January, and Yangshuo fluctuates around 10°C (49°F).

Yichang usually gets less rain in January than Yangshuo. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Yangshuo receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Yangshuo 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Yangshuo in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yichang is around the same temperature as Yangshuo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yichang in April average around 18°C (65°F), and Yangshuo averages at about 20°C (68°F).

Yangshuo receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Yichang usually receives less rain than Yangshuo. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Yangshuo receives 263 mm (10.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Yangshuo 20°C (68°F)

Typical Weather for Yangshuo and Yichang

Yichang Yangshuo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 10°C (49°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 263 mm (10.3 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 334 mm (13.2 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 320 mm (12.6 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 30°C (86°F) 206 mm (8.1 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 30°C (86°F) 168 mm (6.6 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 27°C (81°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 12°C (53°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)