With a population of over 1 billion residents, China is the most densely populated country on the planet and is the second largest in regards to its land area. This is an incredibly cultural country and has made its impact on the world through its cuisine, art, philosophy and fashion. Major cities including Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai are served by most international airlines such as Emirates and Virgin Airlines, therefore securing China flights will not be difficult. It goes without saying that finding a direct flight to China will be the most convenient way to get there, however most flights will include stopovers on this route. The location of these detours will depend on the airline you fly with and the city you are flying to. As an example, if you are flying from London to Hong Kong, common detour locations may include Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Booking in advance is recommended when you're searching for cheap flights to China, however don't be put off searching and comparing at the last minute for a one off deal. A direct flight to any city on the east coast of this culturally rich nation will take around 12 or 13 hours while indirect flights can take up to 40 hours.
Despite what you might think, finding a cheap flight to China is possible! Thanks to the Easyvoyage's flight comparator graphic you can determine the best period to buy cheap airline tickets to China. For example, October is the best time to fly to Beijing without breaking the bank, with flights from as little as £500. Autumn is a lovely time to visit the capital, since winters can be quite harsh and the summers stiflingly hot, and these two seasons, summer and winter, are the most expensive to fly! The weather in China in the autumn is the ideal time to explore the Tian'anmen square, visit the Forbidden City, the Mauseoleum of Mao Zedong and the Temple of Heaven in Tiantan. Without forgetting to take a boat trip on the North Lake in Beihai or seeing the Great Wall of China! The other major city in China is Shanghai where you can have the same problem with the price of flight tickets. The cheapest flights to Shanghai are also in October and start at around £516. No trip to Shanghai is complete without a visit to The Bund, the famous waterfront built in the 1930s with its various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The best airline companies to fly to China with are China Southern Airlines and China Air but for the cheapest flights to China you should opt for Air India or Aeroflot. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern Airlines are also some of the companies offering direct flights to Beijing. In winter, why not compare flights for a detour to Harbin, just an hour and 40 minutes by air from Beijing, which hosts the biggest ice sculpture festival in the world. Furthermore, 195km from Harbin's international airport you will find Yabuli, the first ski resort in China, situated at an altitude of 470m.
May: Strawberry Festival - Gracing the airwaves during the first week of the month, this Beijing festival attracts a very hippie crowd and is becoming as popular as older festivals such as Midi. May: Intro - This festival takes place at the end of the month and is one of the only big scale events in the country dedicated to electronic music. July: Zhangbei Grasslands Festival - The back end of July plays host to an event with a difference. Get away from the cities for a few days and enjoy a variety of genre surrounded by the open country. It's just a few hours drive from Beijing too!September: Golden Beach Festival - Aimed at art freaks and beer louts, this event is far cheaper than most other festivals.October: Modern Sky Festival - An exciting event featuring music from local and international acts.