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From the winding Great Wall of China to glittering skyscrapers, China is an intriguing mix of old and new. Visit temple-topped mountains, majestic Buddhist shrines and shiny new attractions all in one trip. Here, you can explore a country that offers an abundance of natural splendour, buzzing cityscapes and imperial sights.


Fly to China with British Airways and discover the fast-paced vibes of Shanghai. Explore its ancient temples and stroll along The Bund, a protected historical district, in search of the perfect place for an evening tipple. Then, let Beijing’s endless attractions, beautiful architecture and diverse neighbourhoods enchant you. In Hong Kong you can immerse yourself in cosmopolitan city scenes. Explore the great outdoors as you head up to Victoria Peak or visit traditional temples and Buddhist monasteries. Book your holiday to China now.


China flight FAQs

How long is a flight to China?

Your flight time from London to China depends on your destination, but a direct flight should take under 13 hours.

Which airports does British Airways fly to China from?

We fly to China from London Heathrow.

What’s the cheapest month to fly to China?

Use our low fare finder to discover the cheapest time to visit China. Summer is the most popular time of the year to visit, so book flights in autumn or winter to pay less for your flights while enjoying tourist attractions and activities without the crowds. 

When’s the best time to visit China?

The best time to visit China depends on the region you’d like to visit and the holiday you’re planning. Hot summers and mild winters can be enjoyed in the southern part of the country, while in the north, cooler summers and cold winters await. China hosts many festivals throughout the year, including Lunar New Year between late January and March, so you could plan your trip around them to take part in the festivities. Visit Beijing during ‘tiangao qishuang’, the autumn season, for pleasant temperatures while exploring the city and the rest of Northern China.

Is China cheap to visit?

With some forward planning you can make your visit to China fit any budget. Look into high-speed trains and buses to travel between your destinations, travel on the metro or catch a licensed taxi when you’re travelling around its cities for cheap fares. Every province is known for its own flavours and delicacies, so take note of where the locals eat and enjoy authentic noodles and dumplings for a reasonable price.

Is it easy to get around China?

Despite China’s size, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to get around. From speedy bullet trains covering every corner of the country to buses connecting smaller towns and villages, you won’t have any issues arriving at your destination. Efficient metro systems are in place in Beijing, Shanghai and larger metropolitan areas, and taxis can be hailed on the street. Make sure you write down the name of your hotel and other important information in Chinese, so you can show your taxi driver or ask for directions if you need them. There are also large numbers of rental bikes available to navigate the cities. Car hire is only available to those with a Chinese driving license but in some locations it’s possible to hire a private car with a driver.

Why visit China?

There are traces of ancient civilisation everywhere in this country, from the Great Wall of China, and Buddhist shrines to untouched villages. Then there’s the incredible landscapes, from sapphire lakes to deserts and rice terraces. China is the perfect country for historical, cultural and food adventures.

Why fly British Airways to China?

Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. On board you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering and a warm, uniquely British welcome.

Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.

Hong Kong: Highlights

  • Grab a bite to eat at Temple Street Night Market and enjoy some delicious fresh seafood.
  • Hop on the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak and take in the stunning views of the city and its skyscrapers.
  •  Explore the Man Mo Temple and visit its interior, filled with spirals of smoking incense.

Beijing: Highlights

  • Visit the Great Wall of China as it winds across the country’s historical northern borders.
  • Walk through the gardens, palaces and lakes of the decorative Summer Palace.
  • Immerse yourself in history at Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing.


Shanghai: Highlights

  • Stroll along The Bund, the waterfront area and protected historical district in central Shanghai.
  • Marvel at the 128-story, 632-meter-tall skyscraper, Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China.
  • Take a moment to relax in the Yu Garden, a large Chinese garden next to the City God Temple in the Old City.

China travel essentials

Flight time

13 hrs

Time zone

GMT +8


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