As China’s largest city, Shanghai is considered the manufactural hub of the Chinese economy, but there’s much more to it than just industrial activities. Think along the lines of the famed Yu Yuan Garden, the Jing’An Sculpture Park, and the Power Station of Art…things quickly start to look a lot more contemporary.
Home to the world’s second tallest skyscraper, some of the best shopping opportunities in the world, and some of the most extravagant Chinese New Year Celebrations, Shanghai offers a little something for everyone, and it might just steal your heart for good!
The peak season for touristic activities in Shanghai tends to fall between May and November, although flying to Shanghai during this time might not be the cheapest and might leave you feeling overwhelmed by the large crowds who flock here for the Chinese festivals.
December through February is Shanghai’s off season, and the colder winter weather ushers in much thinner crowds and may also see you finding cheaper flight prices. March and April are the shoulder months for travel in Shanghai, which might mean that you’ll be able to find the lowest rates on both accommodation and flight prices.
The best time to book a flight to Shanghai might be between March and May, as long as you’re avoiding the Easter peak period. You may also want to consider booking a cheap flight to Shanghai from late September to early November, but hotel rates might be a little more expensive during this time of the year. If you’re not into crowds, try and avoid the Chinese New Year (late January or early February), May Holidays (during the first week of May), and National Day (which falls on the first week of October every year) since tourist attractions are crammed full on these days. Whichever dates you pick for your flight to Shanghai, make sure you book them well in advance to avoid any late booking penalties.
Air Mauritius, Kiwi International Airlines, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, China Eastern, and Jetstra Airways are among the major airlines operating cheap flights to and from Shanghai. While some of these airlines might offer you a cheaper flight ticket which better suits your budget, they might not offer the comfort you’ll require for a long flight. Airlines such as British Airways might be able to provide you with great comfort at a reasonable price, but whichever airline you decide to fly with, just make sure you book your tickets well in advance to get the cheapest fair prices to Shanghai!
When flying to Shanghai from South Africa you’ll either arrive at Shanghai Honh Oiao International Airport (SHA), or Pudong International Airport (PVG). SHA is closer to the city center than PVG, but getting to the city from the airport is relatively easy regardless of where you touch down. You can take the public bus which runs to the People’s Square and main railway station, but you can also write your hotel address down on a piece of paper and hand it to one of the taxi drivers outside of the airport, who will be able to get you to your destination quicker than the bus services.
(prices quotes are from London)