China is a vast country in East Asia, home to the world’s largest population. The majority of travelers arrive in China via Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, but there are a lot of other places to visit outside these three cities. Although many low-cost carriers fly into these three cities, the budget options are limited so you need to book far in advance to get an affordable seat. Once you book a flight to China , you should consider adding at least one domestic flight in China.

Some popular destinations in China

When we talk about a country as large as China, planning to visit all of it in a single trip is absolutely impossible. That’s why you should know more about the most important destinations in China outside of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

  • Hangzhou: is one of the most important tourist cities in China, famous for its natural beauty, historical and cultural heritages.
  • Kunming: is the City of Eternal Spring. You can visit the temples and the many museums, as well as the parks.
  • Xi’an: is the oldest city and Capital of China. Close to the city you can visit the well-known Terracotta Army.
  • Great Wall of China: can be visited in many places along its length. The most popular sites can be visited during a day trip from Beijing.

Flights from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is the main international airport in China. Located 32 km from the city, it is a hub for Air China, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines. It ranks as China’s second busiest airport. Shanghai has two airports. Pudong is the main international gateway, while Hongqiao serves mostly domestic flights.

Domestic Airlines Operating in China

There are twenty domestic airlines operating in China. The most flights are run by the following airlines: Air China, China Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Ximen airlines. Air China offers the most flights including to smaller airports. Domestic flights are best booked in advance. Make sure to compare the offers from various airlines when you plan to book a domestic flight in China.