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 Ethiopian Airlines R4 084 18 Feb 10 Dec 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing British Airways R6 749 2 Jan 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Turkish Airlines R5 319 3 Feb 4 Aug 16:48
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Emirates R3 764 4 Mar 19 Sep 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Cathay Pacific R5 079 22 Jun 4 Aug 17:47
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Air Frace R11 204 31 Jan 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R7 539 10 Apr 6 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Etihad Airways R5 369 10 Jan 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Qatar Airlines R3 904 4 Mar 8 Dec 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R8 834 12 Jan 12 Oct 06:10
Prices based on live searches up till 11 Dec 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 289 12 Feb 23 Nov 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing British Airways R13 499 2 Jan 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Singapore Airlines R8 979 15 May 25 Nov 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Emirates R7 529 4 Mar 19 Sep 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Qatar Airlines R7 809 4 Mar 8 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Cathay Pacific R10 159 22 Jun 4 Aug 17:47
Flights from Cape Town to Beijing Etihad Airways R10 739 10 Jan 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Durban to Beijing Etihad Airways R10 239 10 Jan 19 Oct 06:10
Flights from Durban to Beijing Ethiopian Airlines R8 169 18 Feb 10 Dec 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Beijing Singapore Airlines R8 319 26 Apr 11 Dec 20:52
Prices based on live searches up till 11 Dec 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 Ethiopian Airlines R7 834 27 Jan 24 Aug 06:12
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R4 674 1 Mar 2 Nov 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R3 959 2 May 5 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Dragonair R7 934 10 Feb 11 Dec 20:52
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Ethiopian Airlines R3 844 16 Dec 4 Aug 16:49
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Air China R5 004 21 Dec 26 Sep 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R6 699 18 May 4 Aug 18:43
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Ethiopian Airlines R7 539 10 Jan 7 Dec 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Emirates R3 754 16 Jan 30 Sep 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R4 319 18 Jan 28 Nov 06:10
Prices based on live searches up till 11 Dec 00:00 and are subject to change.



 

Cheapest Return Flights To Shanghai, China

Route Airline Price Trip dates Search date
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Emirates R7 509 16 Jan 30 Sep 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R7 919 2 May 5 Dec 06:10
Flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R8 159 15 Jan 16 Nov 06:10
Flights from Cape Town to Shanghai Cathay Pacific R8 639 18 Jan 28 Nov 06:10
Flights from Durban to Shanghai Qatar Airlines R9 349 1 Mar 2 Nov 06:10
Prices based on live searches up till 11 Dec 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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