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

Should you visit Yichang or Zhangjiajie?

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

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


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!


Zhangjiajie, China is a picturesque city located in the northwest of the Hunan Province. This ancient city, which dates all the way back to the Stone Age, is famous for being home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie is also known for being a popular filming location and and overall great place to escape the bustling Chinese cities. Zhangjiajie has its own dialect, which is a branch of the Hunan and Southern dialects, so Mandarin does not always translate when trying to speak to locals here.

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, Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie is $63. 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 Zhangjiajie in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yichang $24
    Zhangjiajie $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yichang $48
    Zhangjiajie $60
Compare Hotels in Yichang and Zhangjiajie

Looking for a hotel in Yichang or Zhangjiajie? 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 Zhangjiajie

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

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

  • Zhangjiajie airport/city pick up transfer to hotel or Vice Versa: $18
  • Fox Fairy Show VIP Ticket with Private Transfer in Zhangjiajie: $63
  • Entrance Tickets to Grand Canyon & Glass Bridge with Private Car Transfer From Zhangjiajie city hotel (Round Trip ): $127
  • Private Transfer: Zhangjiajie to/from Fenghuang : $149
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Furong old town: $187
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and stops at Aizhai bridge area: $187
  • Private transfer from Zhangjiajie(Wulingyuan) to Changsha area: $213
  • Private Transfer from Zhangjiajie to Guilin or Yangshuo: $256

Is it cheaper to fly into Yichang or Zhangjiajie?

Prices for flights to both Zhangjiajie 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
    Zhangjiajie $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zhangjiajie

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

  • 1 Day Zhangjiajie Private Tour Visit Avatar Mount and Tianzi Mount with Dinner: $196

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

Tours and Activities in Yichang

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

  • 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

Tours and Activities in Zhangjiajie

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

  • Virtual Guided Tour: Visit China's Landscapes with Hollywood Movies: $16
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Ticket: $57
  • Tianmen Mountain day tour: $96
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Zhangjiajie(Wulingyuan) National Forest Park: $115
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Tianmen Mountain With the Skywalk: $121
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Tianmen Mountain: $122
  • Join-in Tour: Day Tour to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon & Glass Bridge : $125
  • 1 Days Zhangjiajie Natural Beauty Tour with Baofeng Lake: $132
  • 1 Day Private Expedition Tour to Binlang Valley: $142
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge and Baofeng Lake Private Day Tour: $147
  • Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain Glass Bridge day tour: $150
  • 1 Day Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain and Glass Skywalk Tour: $154

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yichang $14
    Zhangjiajie $16

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

Which is Bigger, Yichang or Zhangjiajie?

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

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 Zhangjiajie in the Summer?

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

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

It's quite rainy in Zhangjiajie. Yichang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yichang usually gets more rain in July than Zhangjiajie. Yichang gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

Should I visit Yichang or Zhangjiajie in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yichang is generally around the same temperature as Zhangjiajie. Daily temperatures in Yichang average around 20°C (67°F), and Zhangjiajie fluctuates around 19°C (65°F).

In October, Yichang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Zhangjiajie. Yichang gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 90 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yichang 20°C (67°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Zhangjiajie in the Winter?

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

Yichang is a little warmer than Zhangjiajie in the winter. The daily temperature in Yichang averages around 6°C (43°F) in January, and Zhangjiajie fluctuates around 5°C (42°F).

Yichang usually gets less rain in January than Zhangjiajie. Yichang gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yichang 6°C (43°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 5°C (42°F)

Should I visit Yichang or Zhangjiajie in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yichang is around the same temperature as Zhangjiajie. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yichang in April average around 18°C (65°F), and Zhangjiajie averages at about 17°C (63°F).

Zhangjiajie receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Yichang usually receives less rain than Zhangjiajie. Yichang gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Zhangjiajie receives 166 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yichang 18°C (65°F) 
    Zhangjiajie 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Zhangjiajie and Yichang

Yichang Zhangjiajie
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 5°C (42°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 6°C (44°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 166 mm (6.5 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 124 mm (4.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 179 mm (7 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 26°C (78°F) 199 mm (7.8 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 229 mm (9 in) 29°C (85°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 29°C (83°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 19°C (65°F) 90 mm (3.6 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 7°C (45°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)