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1. Posted by lucyloo4 (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Im looking at the best way of getting to china and really struggling to find cheap flights...

We start our asia trip in china, so it will only be a one way ticket.
Orginally I was looking to fly into Chengdu, but Im willing to change my travel route to keep costs down.

Can anyone recommend a good website for cheap flights to china?
and what is the cheapest city to fly in to?

also, can you tell me the what the peak travel times are? (im assuming christmas and chinese new year?)

Thanks for you help in advance :)

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You don't say how long your trip is? Don't just assume that a one way is the way to go. If you have no experience at all at this sort of thing, I think you'd be better off shopping the travel agents or going down to Chinatown and talking to the ethnic agents. You are fortunate in that the UK is the true center of international travel - the rest of us have far far fewer options.

3. Posted by Nisha J (Full Member 101 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I think by one way, she meant going into China, from there proceeding to other south Asian countries and taking a flight back from one of them.

4. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

The cheapest city to fly into would be Hong kong with cathay pacific I imagine. But It depends what you want to do in China. If you're heading for SE Asia and want to see some of China then start in Beijing. Sounds like you need to decide what you want to see in China first.

If I was you I'd consider flying into Kualar Lumpar or Bangkok and travelling through SE Asia first, as these flights are generally cheaper from the uk. You can enter China from North or North East Vietnam. I did this trip last year. I flew into Bangkok and travelled through Laos, Camboda, Vietnam, fom Hanoi you can get a train direct to Beijing or make stops on the way or ditch the trains and take a bus. Personally I prefered the trains in China. But then buses suck and the chinese trains are some of the best in the world.

However this all depends on how much time you've got, how much money, where you're going next. Im guessing you want to go to SE Asia?

5. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Actually just did a quick check for you on from london to Beijing / Hong kong and Bangkok. They are all roughly the same price. About £369 - £400 + Return. So will be cheaper One way but not much at that price.

So I'd get a flight to Beijing.

When you apply for your Chinese Visa in England,(im sure you know you'll need to get one before you enter China). Just check if you need proof of onward travel. As you are entering the country with no outbound ticket. I didn't have any trouble when entering by train. But I could have been lucky.

6. Posted by annielei (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i am in chengdu,if you want to travel to chengdu,i think i can help you.more useful information for you,

7. Posted by XiaoBao (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

you can save a lot of money by travelling with airasia. london to kualar lumpar, then kualar lumpar to Tianjin (a city next to Beijing), then north to south in China, overland to vietnam or laos, and cambodia, thailand, burma, nepal, india... most of this trip can be done overland.