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Find cheap flights to China from $284

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Shanghai
Shanghai1 stop$484
Guangzhou
Guangzhou1 stop$525
Beijing
Beijing1 stop$536
Xiamen
Xiamen1 stop$490
Nanjing
Nanjing1 stop$530
Chengdu
Chengdu1 stop$522
Fuzhou
Fuzhou1 stop$507
Shenyang
Shenyang1 stop$553
Qingdao
Qingdao1 stop$541
Hangzhou
Hangzhou1 stop$515
Kunming
Kunming1 stop$547
Zhengzhou
Zhengzhou1 stop$521
Wuhan
Wuhan1 stop$530
Shenzhen
Shenzhen1 stop$521
Changsha
Changsha1 stop$554
Dalian
Dalian2 stops$541
Xi'an
Xi'an1 stop$542
Chongqing
Chongqing1 stop$528
Tianjin
Tianjin1 stop$496
Harbin
Harbin1 stop$703

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September

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FAQs - booking China flights

  • Which airport in China serves Hong Kong?

    If you are visiting Hong Kong, consider flying into Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), the region's main airport. The city, however, holds different customs and immigration regulations. Therefore, when flying to Hong Kong, immigration and customs are handled by Hong Kong immigration officers. Ensure you fly into an airport offering currency exchange, as Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong dollar, which differs from the Chinese yuan.

  • Which airport in China is close to the Great Wall of China?

    Beijing Airport is close to the Great Wall of China. If you want to visit the popular sections of the Great Wall of China, including Mutianyu and Jinshanling, consider flying into Beijing Capital, as it is closest. However, when visiting the lesser-known regions of the Great Wall, like Panjiakou, consider flying into Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN). You can take a train from here to the Great Wall.

  • Which airport in China is an airline hub?

    Beijing Capital is China’s main hub for Air China, Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen, Sichuan and Shandong Airlines. Once you land, you can get connecting flights to many other destinations, including Changchun, Changsha and Anqing.

  • Which airport in China has eco-friendly practices?

    If you want to fly into an airport with eco-friendly practices, consider Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), using LED lighting and promoting waste reduction and recycling. It also uses rail and metro systems for transport. Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) uses solar panels for renewable energy generation. You can also fly into Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), using energy-efficient systems, eco-friendly transit options and recycling waste.

  • Are there any direct flights to China?

    You can find several direct flights to China from many of Australia’s major ports. For example, Qantas offers direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Shanghai, and China South offers direct flights to Guangzhou. Hainan Airlines flies from Sydney and Melbourne to Beijing. Those flying from Melbourne can also find direct flights to Shenzhen by China Southern, Qingdao by Hainan Airlines, or Chongqing by TianJin Airlines.

  • Do I need a visa to visit China?

    Those visiting China with an Australian passport will need to apply for a visa before their trip to China. It is recommended that you apply for your visa at least one month in advance. You will require the application form, a passport photo, proof of round-trip tickets, evidence of your travel itinerary, an invitation letter from the person you are visiting or from the China travel agency you are travelling with, and further documents may be requested. Keep in mind that visas to Tibet are separate.

  • Where should I stay if I am visiting the Great Wall of China?

    The best place to stay if you are visiting China to see the Great Wall is Beijing. The most well-preserved parts of the Great Wall are in suburban Beijing, about an hour’s drive from the city centre. These include the Badaling and Mutianyu, the recently renovated Juyonguan, and the wild and overgrown Jiankou. The even more scenic Simatai and Jinshanling sections are still only 2h from the city.

  • Where do I go to see the Terracotta Army?

    The Terracotta Army is in the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum in Lintong, about 45min from Xi’an in central China. The most efficient way to get there is to fly to the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY), located about 30min from downtown Xi’an or 1h from the Mausoleum Site Museum. You can catch a bus from the airport to Lintong, and transfer at the bus station for the bus to the Terracotta Warriors.

  • How long is the flight to China?

    An average direct flight from Australia to China takes 15h 12m, covering a distance of 12997 km. The most popular route is Sydney - Shanghai with an average flight time of 10h 15m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to China?

    The cheapest ticket to China from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $243 one-way, and $489 round-trip. The most popular route is Sydney Kingsford Smith to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $502.

  • Which airlines fly to China?

    Qantas Airways, China Eastern & China Southern fly the most frequently from Australia to China.

  • What are the most popular destinations in China?

    The next most popular destinations are Guangzhou (9%) and Beijing (6%). Searches for flights to Hangzhou (4%), to Fuzhou (2%) and to Nanjing (2%) are also popular.

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    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to China

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest China flight deals.
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), located in China’s capital Beijing, is one of the busiest airports globally. When you fly here, you can access various surrounding cities, including Changping and Shunyi.
  • If you fly to Beijing, you can land at Beijing Capital or Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX). Consider Daxing Airport, which has high-speed express trains offering fast and reliable transit to Beijing.
  • China’s biggest international hubs are Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). Most international flights enter the country at one of these airports where you can connect to the rest of China.
  • Having two busy airports which offer a large number of international and domestic flights, Beijing is the most convenient starting point for sightseeing and further travels around China. If you’re going to China’s capital, you can fly to one of the two airports: the older Capital International Airport (PEK), or the newest Daxing International Airport (PKX).
  • If you’re flying into Shanghai, keep in mind that there are two airports you can fly into. Shanghai Pudong Airport is considered the main airport, located 45min from downtown Shanghai along the coast. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is closer, about 25min away.
  • China is big, and flying is the most efficient and often the most economical way to see most of the country. Flying into major centres will allow you to easily connect to domestic flights. These centres are largely found along the seacoast with the most central being Shanghai.
  • Those visiting the UNESCO Panda Sanctuaries in Jiajin, Siguniang, and Wolong Mountains can start their journey in Chengdu. The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is about 1h drive from the mountains where the sanctuaries are, and many tours also start in Chengdu.
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Top 5 airlines flying to China

Need help choosing which airline to fly with from Australia to China? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to KAYAK reviews.
8.3
Singapore AirlinesOverall score based on 1557 reviews
84boarding
79food
87crew
83overall
82comfort
82entertainment
Airline reviews

Perfect experience from boarding through to leaving the flight, comfortable and personalised service from all staff, highly recommended

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Perfect experience from boarding through to leaving the flight, comfortable and personalised service from all staff, highly recommended

They close their counter so early. I had internet issues so I couldn’t check In online . I would have made the flight but their counter was closed 5 minutes before we arrived. No way of contacting them even though I had the confirmation number and tried to check in the night before on someone else’s phone. I tried calling their customer service with no pick up. Horrible experience, I’m very unhappy with them. I hope to never fly with them ever again. It costed me almost $900.

They are great with every aspect of customer service. Helped my elderly father and aided him with using the restroom.

Transfer within the same terminal and lots of facilities at the airport.

Even though it was a very full flight, the service was still excellent, the plane did not feel too cramped and cabin crew made a sincere effort to help passengers find overhead space for stowing luggage.

I did not like anything. Flight experience was bad overall.

The overall operation needs to be improved. The in-flight services took forever and sometimes ran out of options.

We were able to check in 48 hours before departure. The boarding was a breeze. The business' seat is very large with large tv screen. The lunch and dinner were excellent with selection of wines and other drinks. The seat was converted to a totally flat bed for sleeping which was very comfortable as well. We will definitely fly with Singapore Airline again in the future.

Always on time. Clean and good service as always..great food too..thank you SQ, the best airline in the world👍👍👍

Flight was delayed by 2 hours. No entertainment on the 737-800NG. Somewhat squeezy.

They asked how much cash i have . I said no cash they said bring cash from atm . Why they even care about my cash.

Flight was scheduled to depart at 1210 hrs. It was delayed 1 hour 20 minutes (maybe for air traffic control reasons). The seats were worn out and very uncomfortable. Lunch was typical for airline. Flight free were friendly.

Pros: "Na"
Cons: "Over one and an half hours delay - sitting on the airplane"
Pros: "Lots of movie options, the food was good (had multiple food dish options for each meal)"
Pros: "Good and pleasant service, new plane very clean including regular WC cleanups"
Cons: "Boarding could have been done in groups"
Pros: "I would like to never fly through China again"
Cons: "I had a 9 hour layover in Beijing and they still couldn’t get my bag on the plane to Seattle"
Pros: "Everything was great, service on flight was really nice."
Cons: "Transferring suitcases between 3 flights was not great, with security check etc. Would fly with them again. Anytime, no hesitation."
Pros: "I had a very bad experience on checking in. I went to check in at Beijing Capital airport over 1 hour (about at least 65-70 minutes) earlier than the time of taking off on Nov. 2, However, I wasn’t allowed to check in. The staff said I was late and asked me to spend extra $200 to reschedule my flight. Therefore I had to spend $200 on changing my flight to next day on November 3, which was one day late back to Boston than I expected. That’s too bad and incredible!"
Cons: "There are a couple of things need to be improved. First of all, the food were not fresh, especially the salad dish. In mean dish, the beef cooked with too much dark source and tasted salty. Hope you could improve the food quality near future! Secondly, the luggages came out too late. All passengers had waited for their luggages for more than 1hour, which was really too long. Please consider about the concerns! Thanks!"
Pros: "New aircraft used like their 787-800s"
Cons: "Since Hainan is a Chinese airline, a lot Ig Ygritte move and music choices are Chinese, but I wish they had more non-Chinese content and choices"
Pros: "For the price, Hainan is a good value."
Cons: "I find that hainan just isn’t as “polished” as perhaps other air carriers in Asia are such as Cathay, Thai or Singapore"

During flight, some passengers perform stomping leg exercises which disturb the comfort (I.e. sleep) of other passengers.

No good but was short flight. Both of our China Southern flights were on time. No surprises.

The flight was okay it was the kayak customer service that was poor, I have been trying to change my name on my flight ticket 3 days before my flight and nothing got done about it even tho I messaged so many times and phoned, all I got in return was that is was being processed and still to this day nothing has been done about it, I think it’s disgusting and un needed stress to the trip.

The food was perfect. The boarding process is a bit long. Given the late boarding time, I felt very tired by the time I was seated.

Quality flight from start to finish. Customer service is evidently very important to this company. The staff really exceeded expectations.

Pros: "No..no redeeming features.."
Cons: "Coffee was the worst I've ever had. The 2+1 powdered mil and coffee stick. Truly awful. But i suppose there aren't many people on the flight who would order coffee..I would even pay extra for a coffee if they had a quality option. Food is comparable to a school canteen. I would probably pay 20rmb for this in Shanghai. Frozen butter for the half-frozen bread. They really couldn't do worse..."
Cons: "Cancellation of Shenyang-Guangzhou flight on the same day was not notified in advance. I had to postpone the trip. I hope that this situation will be notified by phone next time. No matter what country's phone number is"
Pros: "Seat was great."
Cons: "Food courses should be delivered slower. It’s a race to see how fast all the courses can be piled on to you ."
Cons: "food, though i liked breakfast (dim sum and fruits including guava)"
Pros: "The food was great--and a customer service agent helped me make a short transfer, walking me from gate to gate."
Cons: "I was not able to check in on line the night before, which made me anxious."

Gatwick London-Shanghai -Bangkok.. Would have liked entertainment screens, but I know these planes are not that new. Cheap flights at the time of booking, Emirates wanted double so you get what you paid for. I would fly again with them, but if Emirates was the same price I would go with them.

We were cutting it close on our connecting flight and notified all staff at departing gate and flight attendants. From the start, we were told to check in with the international transfer desk by everyone, except for one lady who wanted to argue the time difference that was already taken into account. We also asked if we could try to exit the plane first (our family of 4 and 8 others on the same connecting flight). They just told us to check in with international transfers. We landed and had very little time to make our next flight. We were not offered any assistance or communication to the receiving gate. We ran all the way to the international transfers gate only to be turned away. I think we could have made it if we were allowed to exit and a call was made to other check in counter. After that we spent 6 grueling hours with our kids trying to rebook a flight. No food of any type of compensation was offered besides a dirty hotel room. The ladies with China Eastern at the Shanghai International counter were rude an unhelpful. We were directed to 3 different counters and waited before they said they forgot about a hotel. It was a long, miserable day. I believe this could have all been avoided.

The landings were smooth . Being unable to check-in online was terribly stressful and the queue at Haneda exemely long. We paid extra for window seats and did not get them.

Flight was fine, however we were not able to check in online, this adds to travel stress. Luckily check-in at Heathrow was quick, but we did not get the seats we paid extra for. We paid for a window and 2 aisle seats from Shanghai to Tokyo leg, but they changed us to middle seats. Not good :(

You’re in the three parts of my life, the China Eastern air crew remembered and wish me happy birthday. I was given pastries on two different occasions and a complementary drink. The stew is wish me happy birthday and gave me a birthday card. Everything was first class. Thank you.

Again, I was presented with birthday pastries two times as a celebrated my birthday on both legs of my trip. I will keep flying to China using China Eastern airlines. As they made this trip a special one thank you.

Couldn’t fly since they wouldn’t issue a boarding ticket. Something to do with not taking the departing flight since it was cancelled due to weather. No notice or anything about the trip being invalid. The app made it seem like I was all good for it. Never trusting travel agency

Multiple delays, with no explanation. Caused us to almost miss our connector. The airline made no effort when we arrived in Shanghai to help us make it to our next flight with the same airline.

I will never fly through China again. Maybe it was the mandatory retinal scan just to transfer to another flight or the complete set of fingerprints they require. There are many better and inexpensive flights to Asia if you look.

A lot of value considering the cheap ticket prices. All meals served were Chinese food. Would fly them again considering the ticket was half the price of any others

The flight was delayed for almost 5 hours, but I understand that it was not up to the company, however how they could handle the situation better, they never apologized for that delay, moreover despite passengers being there for 7 hours only thing they did was to give a bowl of instant noodles, afterwards on the plane tiny snacks, people were there starting from lunch time and we’ve arrived to destination at almost midnight

Flight was delayed for 2 hours for no reason, then we spent almost an hour after boarding because of the weather conditions. If we left on time we could avoid that 😾

Pros: "Friendly crew and helpful staff"
Cons: "Missed connection from PEK to XIY due to delayed arrival and early departure. From XIY to PEK, booked and confirmed 11 departure, changed to 12:30 without notification or explaination. Rushed connections at PEK, pretty much ran from the minute left plan to another terminal, through custom, through all the health check points, security check. Just keep the fights on time and keep the original schedules, not arbitrarily change them."
Pros: "The crew was accommodating during the flight but spoke very little English and could not help with information on connecting flight."
Cons: "We missed our connecting flight due to a delay and the airline would not let us through because we could have made our second flight...."
Cons: "Connecting though Beijing from Taipei to LAX is not recommended if you can avoid it!"
Cons: "Seats are narrow, leg room poor, and food service is minimal."
Pros: "The seats on business were comfy, the service excellent, the movie selection was fair to poor, the food was also fair to good largely because they served a heavy lunch rather than a light breakfast."
Cons: "The food and movie selection."
Pros: "The crew was okay. The seating was great on all except for one leg."
Cons: "On one leg, it must have been an older plane, because the business class seats barely reclined."
Cons: "More TV show choices and more Hollywood movies although I understand it's a Chinese airline not American."
Pros: "Crew was great and was happy to get gluten free food i could eat"
Cons: "Not lose my bags :("

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