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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 inJanuaryHigh demand for flights, 5% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average priceR12 262Average for round-trip flights in December 2021
Round-trip fromR85 352From Johannesburg to China
One-way fromR160One-way flight from Johannesburg to China

Cheap flights to China in December, January 2021

The best prices found for PVG flights for December, January
20 Dec - 26 Dec
R137 735pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Austrian Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
4 Jan - 11 Jan
R230 239pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
XiamenAir
   
2 STOPS
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
XiamenAir
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
4 Jan - 11 Jan
R300 600pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Etihad Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

China 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to China found for this year
20 Dec - 26 Dec
R137 735pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Austrian Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

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
R10 585
February
R10 298
March
R9 643
April
R10 473
May
R9 835
June
R10 505
July
R10 761
August
R10 426
September
R11 080
October
R10 441
November
R8 254
December
R10 889

When is the best time to fly to China?

Average Guangzhou Baiyun flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
ZA1 - CAN
Price
R9 556 - R14 002
CAN
Temperature
18 - 34 °C
CAN
Precipitation
33 - 360 mm

Peak season:

Finding cheap flights to China can be a bit of a challenge since the country hosts an abundance of cultural and religious festivals throughout the year. Generally speaking, the busiest tourist months in China span from October through December, when the weather is hot and dry. If you’re considering visiting China during the peak season, keep in mind that you’ll have to make your arrangements quite a few months in advance if you want to avoid overpaying on late bookings.

Off season:

Depending on where exactly in China you want to go, the off season might not be the same in one part of the country as it is in another. There is a general rule of thumb that applies to finding cheap flights to China, however, and it states that the best deals are made during China’s winter months (which span from end-December through end-March). Spring (between the months of March and June) and autumn (late September through end November) are also great shoulder seasons to find discounted flights to China since this is when you’ll be able to enjoy thinner crowds and discounted accommodation rates that come hand-in-hand with the pleasantly mild weather conditions.

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

Again, finding the perfect time to book a flight to China may not be a single solution, this will greatly vary depending on what region you plan on visiting. Wherever it is you’re going to, make sure that you have booked your flight tickets at least four months before actually flying to China as this will help ensure you don’t overpay for late bookings. Being flexible with your travel dates is an important factor which will help you find the cheapest flights to China, regardless of what time of the year you plan on visiting the country.

Which day is cheapest to fly to China?

The cheapest day to fly to China is usually Monday. At the moment, Sunday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to China?

At the moment, flights in the afternoon are likely to offer the best value for money for your China trip. A flight in the evening will more often than not be of higher cost.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in China?

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

Few countries in the world have a culture as rich and distinct as China, and even fewer destinations offer a travel experience than the one on offer in captivating China! Visitors can choose to explore the booming Beijing or Hong Kong, or they can tone things down with a more authentic experience found in the more western parts of the country.  China is colossal, fiercely foreign, and dizzying at times, but there’s no denying that it is a destination that dazzles, thrills, and captivates the hearts and souls of travelers from all walks of life.

How long is the flight to China?

Johannesburg to Hong Kong  12 hours, 50 minutes
Johannesburg to Shanghai      16 hours

Which airlines operate flights to China?

Among the most popular airlines operating cheap flights to and from China are Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, South African Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Air France. Since the trip to China is very long, airlines tend to be very competitive with the rate of their flight tickets and finding a cheap flight to China might be a lot easier said than done. Keep in mind that for a slightly higher charge on airfare, you may be able to secure much more onboard comfort, which is essential during an extended flight. Be sure to measure up the packages on offer from each airline before making a call and deciding which carrier to use for your trip to China.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

Hong Kong

The quickest and easiest way to get from the airport in Hong Kong to the city center is to use the Airport Express. The bus departs every 10 minutes from the airport and will get you to the city in roughly 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi outside the airport, but they are much more expensive than the airport bus.

Shanghai

There are quite a few buses which operate routes between the Shanghai airport and the city, but if you’re fussy about your space, this might not be an ideal choice since the buses are often crowded. Alternatively, you can make use of the train, which should get you to the city center in about 8 minutes. Finally, visitors can also make use of the taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals, although they might not be as widely available as the train or bus services.

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