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Flights to China in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 13% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$1,073Average for round-trip flights in July 2021
Round-trip from$1,586From Auckland Intl to China
One-way from$14One-way flight from Auckland to China

Cheap flights to China in July, August 2021

The best prices found for PVG flights for July, August
13 Aug - 19 Aug
$1,569pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
8 Aug - 14 Aug
$1,636pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Southern
Direct
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
1 Aug - 7 Aug
$1,699pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Southern
Direct
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl

China 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to China found for this year
13 Aug - 19 Aug
$1,569pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
8 Aug - 14 Aug
$1,636pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Southern
Direct
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
1 Aug - 7 Aug
$1,699pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Southern
Direct
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl

Last minute flights to China

Late deals on return flights to China, departing today and this week
1 Aug - 7 Aug
$1,699pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
China Southern
Direct
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
1 Aug - 7 Aug
$3,820pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
31 Jul - 6 Aug
$4,126pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
CTU
Chengdu
CTU
Chengdu
China Southern
 
1 STOP
AKL
Auckland Intl

Cheapest prices for China flights by month

The cheapest ticket to China found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$899
February
$830
March
$673
April
$1,034
May
$719
June
$728
July
$856
August
$710
September
$790
October
$759
November
$812
December
$1,194
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to China is March. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to China?

Average Guangzhou Baiyun flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
AKL - CAN
Price
$673 - $1,512
CAN
Temperature
18 - 34 °C
CAN
Rainfall
33 - 360 mm
The best time to fly to China is during March, but great deals can be found at other times. July sees the temperatures in China peak to their warmest. June tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

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

Booking 56 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.

Which day is cheapest to fly to China?

The cheapest flights to China are usually found when departing on a Wednesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Tuesday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to China?

China flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the evening. Booking a flight in the afternoon will likely mean higher prices.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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