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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, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$694Average for return flights in October 2021
Return from$1,142From Auckland Intl to Shanghai
One-way from$775One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to China

Cheap flights to China in October, November 2021

The best prices found for CN2 flights for October, November
1 Nov - 4 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

12h 06m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

AKL

Auckland Intl

2 stops

63h 40m
$2,424

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 26/10/21

5 Nov - 3 Dec
AKL

Auckland Intl

FOC

Fuzhou

2 stops

27h 20m
FOC

Fuzhou

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

36h 30m
$2,509

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 25/10/21

13 Nov - 20 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

CAN

Guangzhou Baiyun

1 stop

27h 30m
CAN

Guangzhou Baiyun

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

11h 00m
$2,664

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/10/21

China 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to China found for this year
24 Oct - 30 Oct
AKL

Auckland Intl

CAN

Guangzhou Baiyun

Nonstop

11h 35m
CAN

Guangzhou Baiyun

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

10h 40m
$1,835

China Southern

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Deal found 23/10/21

1 Nov - 4 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

12h 06m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

AKL

Auckland Intl

2 stops

63h 40m
$2,424

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 26/10/21

5 Nov - 3 Dec
AKL

Auckland Intl

FOC

Fuzhou

2 stops

27h 20m
FOC

Fuzhou

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

36h 30m
$2,509

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 25/10/21

Last minute flights to China

Late deals on return flights to China, departing today and this week
1 Nov - 4 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

12h 06m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

AKL

Auckland Intl

2 stops

63h 40m
$2,424

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 26/10/21

5 Nov - 3 Dec
AKL

Auckland Intl

FOC

Fuzhou

2 stops

27h 20m
FOC

Fuzhou

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

36h 30m
$2,509

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 25/10/21

5 Nov - 3 Dec
AKL

Auckland Intl

FOC

Fuzhou

2 stops

28h 35m
FOC

Fuzhou

AKL

Auckland Intl

2 stops

23h 40m
$3,155

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 25/10/21

Can I fly to China from New Zealand right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from New Zealand to China

Most visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter China.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to China.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from New Zealand are not required to quarantine after entering China.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be presented upon arrival


Can I fly back to New Zealand from China?

Returning to New Zealand from China

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from China must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to New Zealand.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from China are not required to quarantine after entering New Zealand.

When is the best time to fly to China?

Average China flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month

AKL - CN2

Price

$620 - $1,378

CN2

Temperature

4 - 28 °C

CN2

Precipitation

30 - 170 mm

April is typically the best time to fly to China, but there are other times where great deals are available. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to China then July is statistically the hottest. June is historically the period with most rainfall.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in China?

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

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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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.

 

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Popular regions to fly to in China

Not sure where to visit in China? Start by selecting one of the most popular places in China below to filter down your possible destination.
Select your preferred route to China from New Zealand below