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Cheap flights to China from $5,502

This is the cheapest return flight price found by a Cheapflights user in the last 72 hours by searching for a flight departing on 19/10. Fares are subject to change and may not be available on all flights or dates of travel. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Flights to China in 2024

Find the latest flights to China in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Popular in

January

Cheapest in

November

Average price

$1,536

Return from

$629

One-way from

$401
High demand for flights, 29% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 12% potential price drop
Average for return flights in April 2024
From Auckland Intl to Shanghai
One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to China

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Deal found 16/4$5,502

Average price of flights to China by month

Plan your trip to China by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to China is currently $0 while a return flight costs $0. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Temperature and rainfall in China by month

Plan your trip to China by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

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Temperature

4 - 28 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to China, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, July is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 28.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of January, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 4.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to China?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to China. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
Booking 35 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to China. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.
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Reviews of airlines servicing China

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to China. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to China. Reviews last updated 17 April 2024.
See what other customers who have flown with China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Cathay Pacific to China have to say. Reviews also offer insight into each airline's entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

8.3
Very Good
974 reviews
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

8.3
Very Good
671 reviews
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

8.3
Very Good
1,490 reviews
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

7.8
Good
1,142 reviews
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

7.7
Good
1,019 reviews
8.3
Very Good
974 reviews

Crew

8.6

Food

7.8

Boarding

8.3

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

The business class cabin is really nice - EXCEPT the two interior seats have no divider between them - which makes for a bad experience -especially when the person next to you coughs excessively with no protection. Basically, the person is looking at you and coughing at you the WHOLE FLIGHT. Most major airlines have a sliding divider you can close for privacy and safety reasons. The window seats do not have this problem - so if you book business class and are traveling solo - make sure to get a window seat - I didn't and regretted it.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in China?

Popular flight destinations in China include Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Fuzhou.

You could take cheap flights to China every year for 20 years and still not even scratch the surface of this fascinating country.

The vast People’s Republic of China, one-and-a-quarter times bigger than Australia and with 65 times as many inhabitants, borders 14 countries. Its landscapes take in forest steppes, deserts, rugged mountains, jungle, subtropical forests and soft-sandy beaches, and then there are those cities.

Synonymous with hyper-growth, parts of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong appear to be under an almost permanent canopy of cranes. The population in cities and towns accounts for only about a third of the Chinese population however, about 70 per cent live in rural areas. While the global cities climb higher and higher, in the small villages life carries on much as it has for hundreds of years.

China climate

China’s vast size and different landscapes mean that the climate varies from region to region. The country lies mostly in the northern temperate zone, influenced by monsoons. Between September and April, monsoons blow cold (but dry) down from Siberia and the Mongolia Plateau. During the summer months, monsoons blow in from the ocean bringing warm and wet weather.Beijing has four, distinct seasons – a long, hot summer, a cold winter and a short spring (with lots of rain) and autumn. July is the hottest month and January is the coldest.Shanghai has a subtropical maritime monsoon climate. Within the four, distinct seasons, July and August are the hottest months and January/February the coldest.Hong Kong enjoys good weather year-round, the average is 23 degrees.Harbin, home to the Ice and Snow Festival, has long, cold winters and short, cool, summers. Temperatures range between -14 degrees in the winter and 20 degrees in summer.Hainan Island has a tropical climate and temperatures hover between 23 and 26 degrees.

Getting around China

Lots of travellers taking cheap flights to China will be on package tours – and perhaps visit the most-popular destinations as part of a group (a cruise along the Yangtze River or to see the Terracotta Army in Xi’an for example), but if you are doing a bit of independent travel, there are lots of domestic airlines offering flights, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Train travel is amazing in China. They’re clean, very punctual, comfortable, cheap and very, very fast. Bus travel is via comfortable coach.

In the cities, there are clean, fast, punctual and reasonably priced public transport networks.

Renting a car is not necessary in China, unless you are planning on travelling around the country. Taxis are cheap, but ensure that you have your destination written down. Most hotels will have taxi cards that you can take with you for the journey back to your accommodation.

What is good to know if travelling to China?

  • Tipping is not common in China. 
  • Travellers started going to Yangshuo to escape the number of tourists in Guilin. It’s about a 90-minute journey from Guilin. Yangshuo has become a “foreigners'” town. It’s popular with backpackers and foreign workers living in China who want to enjoy the green-cloaked karst peaks. 
  • Once upon a time, Guangzhou was the only Chinese city that foreigners were allowed to trade in. Today, it is the economic centre of the Pearl River Delta. It’s modern, but Guangzhou boasts more than 150 historical sites including the Guangzhou Bowuguan, Six Banyan Temple, Nanyue King Mausoleum, Chen family temple, and Shamian Island. The city is also famous for local opera, embroidery and food. 
  • Songtangzhai Folk Carving Museum in Beijing is a hidden gem. The fascinating museum was set up Li Songtang’s family to spread knowledge of traditional Chinese architectural art. It’s on East Liulichang Road. 
  • Climb the bridge over the Nanpu River in Shanghai. There are 360 steps to the observatory at the top. From there, gaze out over the city, to the Expo site, Pearl Tower, Financial Centre, People’s Square, and skyscrapers, skyscrapers, skyscrapers. 
  • The Terracotta Army is one of the most popular attractions in China, but if you feel it’s overexposed, go east and view Han Yangling. This tomb is where Jing Di rests. He ruled in the second century BC, a benevolent leader, the opposite, by all accounts to Qin Shihuangdi. The tomb with its adjoining museum is beautiful, still and calm and stuffed full of 1700 relics that have been discovered over the past 30 years.

Related info for your journey

  • When is the best time to fly to China?

    Deciding on the best time to take cheap flights to China depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. If you are going north, time your trip for spring or autumn. For the centre of the country (Yangtze River Valley for example), the spring and autumn months offer the best weather. This holds true for the south of China too. Bear in mind that during public holidays, most of China is on the move. The major holidays are National Day (October 1), Chinese New Year (late January/mid-February), Labour Day (May 1), Dragon Boat Festival (May/June) and Mid-Autumn Day (September/October). During these holidays, flights, trains and buses will be packed and accommodation booked up. Peak Season: May, September and October are high season months.  Off Season:  The winter months are of season (late November – February)  Shoulder Season: March/April and June/August are shoulder season months.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to China if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to China on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to China?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Hainan Airlines is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to China.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in China?

    Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in China. One-way flights to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport typically cost $133, while return flights cost around $303.

  • How much is a return flight to China?

    A return flight to China will typically cost around $646, however they can be found for as little as $610.

  • Where does the fastest flight to China depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to China, Auckland offers the quickest one-way flight (12 hours 15 minutes).

  • Does Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport?

    Yes. Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Hotel - Air China is the closest property to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport (0.0 km away from Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport).

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