Cheap Flights to China

Situated in East Asia, China is the world’s most populous country, comprising mountain ranges, desert, lakes, rivers, grasslands and 14,500km of coastline, incomparable to anywhere else in the world. It’s beautiful, thrilling and frustrating and affords unforgettable memories.
cheap-flights-to-chinaMajor cities in China are Běijīng, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shànghǎi. Běijīng, capital to China is a mixture of historic sites and modern architecture with Shànghǎi its largest city and financial hub. First views of Hong Kong may be alarming with its mass of skyscrapers but it’s an awesome city ignited with daily life, charming fishing villages, stunning beaches and just a short bus ride away, a network of hiking and cycling trails.

China has more than 100 airports scattered throughout the land, offering some great deals on cheap fligths to China.  Travellers flying from South Africa to China can choose from numerous airlines that include Egyptair, Qatar, Emirates Airlines, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways and Air China.

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Cheapest One-Way Flights To Beijing, China

Route Airline Price Trip dates Search date
Flights from Durban to Beijing Emirates R4 484 15 Jul 3 Feb 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing South African Airways R8 989 7 Oct 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Durban to Beijing Dragonair R9 444 13 Sep 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Durban to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R7 919 27 Mar 31 Jan 06:12
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Singapore Airlines R4 669 10 Mar 5 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Turkish Airlines R7 179 21 Dec 26 Jan 06:11
Flights from Johannesburg to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R3 939 22 Feb 7 Feb 06:11
Flights from Durban to Beijing South African Airways R4 964 22 Apr 4 Jan 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Emirates R4 149 15 Apr 7 Feb 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Emirates R8 434 10 Apr 4 Feb 06:11
Prices based on live searches up till 7 Feb 00:00 and are subject to change.



 

Cheapest Return Flights To Beijing, China

Route Airline Price Trip dates Search date
Flights from Durban to Beijing South African Airways R9 929 22 Apr 4 Jan 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing Emirates R8 969 15 Jul 3 Feb 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R7 879 22 Feb 7 Feb 06:11
Flights from Johannesburg to Beijing Singapore Airlines R7 749 15 May 20 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Singapore Airlines R9 339 10 Mar 5 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Emirates R8 299 15 Apr 7 Feb 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Beijing Air China R7 249 22 Feb 21 Feb 15:41
Prices based on live searches up till 7 Feb 00:00 and are subject to change.



 

Cheapest One-Way Flights To Shanghai, China

Route Airline Price Trip dates Search date
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R9 119 13 Jun 11 Jan 06:13
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Emirates R4 554 25 Feb 15 Jan 06:10
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Air China R4 589 29 Mar 3 Jan 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Ethiopian Airlines R3 804 21 Feb 3 Feb 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R7 444 1 Jul 4 Feb 06:11
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R5 314 28 Jun 22 Jan 06:12
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Emirates R7 469 28 Feb 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Air China R4 304 22 Mar 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R4 194 21 Feb 6 Feb 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Emirates R4 149 3 Apr 7 Feb 06:10
Prices based on live searches up till 7 Feb 00:00 and are subject to change.



 

Cheapest Return Flights To Shanghai, China

Route Airline Price Trip dates Search date
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Emirates R9 109 25 Feb 15 Jan 06:10
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Air China R9 179 29 Mar 3 Jan 06:10
Flights from Durban to Shanghai South African Airways R10 769 9 May 6 Feb 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Emirates R8 299 3 Apr 7 Feb 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R10 369 20 Apr 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Air China R8 609 22 Mar 21 Feb 15:41
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R8 389 21 Feb 6 Feb 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Ethiopian Airlines R7 609 21 Feb 3 Feb 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Singapore Airlines R7 839 12 Apr 9 Dec 06:10
Prices based on live searches up till 7 Feb 00:00 and are subject to change.


Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Shunyi, Beijing, China, 101300

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), Baiyun, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), S 1 Ying Bin Gao Su, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201202

Weather In Beijing, China

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Chinas climate

Summer: June to end of August can be very hot with temperatures well above 25°C and the rainy season.

Autumn: September to early October is usually the most comfortable with temperatures ranging between 10 and 22°C and some degree of rain. Spring is similar to autumn and the winter months, in the northern regions, can be extremely cold.

When to fly to China

Planning your flight to China should be based on specific regions you’ll be visiting and the type of weather you enjoy. Běijīng is ideal for travelling during September, October and November with pleasant temperatures and although there’s rain, its unlikely to interrupt outdoor activities. If you love the heat then Běijīng during summer would be perfect with temperatures reaching 30°C and occasional short downpours.

Getting around China
Don’t think of hiring a vehicle in mainland China (Běijīng and Shànghǎi), It’9s difficult besides the complexity of the road network. Rather hire a car and driver from your hotel.

Flying from one city to the next is not the best solution with flight delays being the worst in the world, but flight discounts are frequent, except for weekend flights into large cities such as Běijīng and Shànghǎi.

Long-distance bus services, available in all cities and the majority of towns are extensive, travelling to areas not accessible by train, and cheaper. Routes between large cities are operated by private fleets that provide larger, more comfortable and cleaner buses, some with toilets, hostesses and complimentary snacks and mineral water. Sleeper buses are favoured for long-haul routes, however they cost twice as much with bunks being a bit short and there have also been numerous fatal fires.

The subway/metro system is efficient, cheap and quicker than driving.

Taxis are fairly cheap and its advisable to only take legitimate taxis that are a particular colour.

Boat and ferry services are more common in coastal areas and ideal for reaching offshore islands. Navy vessels are employed in Hong Kong, connecting the regions countless islands including Macau. Tickets can be bought at ferry terminals or travel agents.

China – insider information
Běijīng: An alluring city with tales of uprisings, emperors, pride and grandeur.

  • Traditional attractions include royal palaces and the expansive Tiananmen Square.
  • For a glimpse into the city’s past, The Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace on the lakeside are equally beautiful.
  • Experience slow-paced living through a network of long-established hutong alleyways.
  • Put a day aside to walk along the winding Great Wall of China, set amidst green hills.

Hong Kong: Buy a Hong Kong iVenture Card affording admission to 7 major attractions that include Macau Tower, the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and Madame Tussuads.

  • Victoria Peak (The Peak) towers stretch up 552 metres.
  • Explore a variety of temples including Wong Tai Sin.
  • For a mega shopping spree visit Causeway Bay.
  • Relax at Kadoorie Farm taking in its arresting elegant gardens.

Shànghǎi: Located on the central coast, the Bund has a waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings with the 632m Shànghǎi Tower seen across the Haungpu River, including Pudongs futuristic skyline.

  • Enchanting is Yu Garden, a famous and classical widespread garden situated beside the City God Temple in the Old City of Shànghǎi.
  • Experience the atmosphere and architecture of the picturesque Shànghǎi French Concession while relaxing outside one of many cafes.
  • Xin Tian Di is an entertainment district with eateries, car-free shopping including cultural and historical legacies.
  • Jude Buddha Temple, built between 1918 and 1928, its one of a few active Buddhist monasteries.
  • Dongping National Forest Park, the largest man-made forest, is located in Chongming Island.
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