A tremendous change is visible in every phase of Chinese life, from the economy to an independent travel industry. Travelers who visited China no more than ten years ago are amazed to see the place opening up with more liberal trends emerging from the free market economics brought in by late Deng Xiaoping. Whatever reason attracts you to China (history, art, culture, politics) - The speed of change will make your trip a unique one.
Getting to China from Britain
China's main gateways are Beijing and Hong Kong. four airlines travel from London to these two cities, Hong Kong receives four to five flights daily. Many other airlines offer indirect flights with a plane change en route. No other Chinese cities are served directly from the UK, but it is possible to reach Macau, Shanghai, Xiamen, Ürümqi and Guangzhou from some European or Asian cities. Non-stop time from London to Beijing is 10 hours, and 12 to Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific has a daily flight to Hong Kong from Manchester. The best way from other european locations is to pick up flights in England.
Getting there from the USA and Canada
There are a number of routes to China from the United States and Canada, most options are through Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Chinese in Vancouver has created a surge in competition and highly discounted airfares on flights from Canada. Chinese-owned agencies, dealing with consolidators quote you a fare $200-250 lower than the airline rate.
Getting there from Australia and New Zealand
The China entry point from New Zealand and Australia is Hong Kong, but there are direct flights to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou without a plane change, and other destinations in China on stopover flights.
From Australia, the best deal is with Royal Brunei Airlines, who have low-season returns from Darwin, Perth or Brisbane to Hong Kong. There good deals for flights to Hong Kong in the shoulder seasons or for travelers with flexible dates. Qantas and Air New Zealand have good low-season rates.
Airfares on flights from Perth are 5% cheaper because it is closer to China. Lack of competition and the extra distance make prices from New Zealand more expensive.
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