Huangyao Acient Town

On April 22, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Chinese Towns & Villages, Guilin, Tours, by Jack Li

Recent years,with more and more China films introduced into all over the world or foreign films shoot in China,there are an increasing number of foreign felt the fantastic view in China and want to book a China Flight and have a exciting China tour. Huangyao is an ancient water town that has been relatively unknown until Hollywood […]

Recent years,with more and more China films introduced into all over the world or foreign films shoot in China,there are an increasing number of foreign felt the fantastic view in China and want to book a China Flight and have a exciting China tour.

Huangyao is an ancient water town that has been relatively unknown until Hollywood filmed The Painted Veil a few years ago.While watching this film, the wonderful scene supervised me. It has been such describe the Huangyao: “Huangyao town as a millennium collection, have been forgotten in the library quiet on the shelves when people come inadvertently turned this beautiful chapter, Simple and elegant style to conquer the hearts of the people.”

Huangyao Ancient Town, with a history of thousand years, is situated in the northest of zhaoping, Guangxi, China, by the lower reaches of LiRiver and 200km from Guilin. It has long been known as a mini-Guilin for its typical development of karst topography, covering an area of 3.6 square km.

The town is most famous for its mountains with caves, pavilions, temples, ancestor hills, old trees and tablets. Every corner of the town presents a typically Chinese scene and presents a marvelous photo opportunity. Huang Yao was built in 927 B.C. and was a flourishing and wealthy town then.

Crisscrossed by three small rivers and canals the beautiful green water creates reflections of Huangyao’s arched roofs, lofty gables and ancient stone bridges and a poetic atmosphere that feels surreal. Often there are many art students alongside the streets and beside the ponds, drawing and painting, capturing some of the historic scenes there. The exquisite features of Huangyao are centuries old and the residents live as they always have making the town an open-air museum.  Surrounded by mountains on all four sides, Huangyao is fairly difficult to reach and relatively inaccessible with inconvenient transportation conditions- factors which have helped to preserve the ancient houses and architecture.

With only eight streets in the town, not a lot happens here. The elderly town people, who sit on their doorsteps all day watching people go by, are content to smile and wave but want no part of getting photographed, either because of spiritual reasons or missing teeth. But it is the town‘s primitively simple architecture with it grey tiles and stones that capture the attention of both artists and photographers who visit Huangyao. The mountains surrounding the town are all of stone, which have provided rich raw materials for the construction of its houses, doors, bridges, temples and slab-covered streets. With its ancient trees and surrounding environment, Huangyao’s architectural features blend beautifully and compose a landscape in complete harmony between man and nature.

If you have watched the film The Painted Veil and felt  inspired by the typcal scene ,you can go to Huangyao when you have a Guilin tour.

Best China’s Airports Earn Unravelled Flight Experience

On April 6, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Travel Info, by Jack Li

According to the 2010 report released by Airports Council International, Asian airports occupied all of the seats of world’s five best airports, among which Beijing Capital International Airport ranked the fourth place and Shanghai Pudong International Airport fifth. This shows China, initiated by the major airline hubs, has developed a very sophisticated air flight system […]

According to the 2010 report released by Airports Council International, Asian airports occupied all of the seats of world’s five best airports, among which Beijing Capital International Airport ranked the fourth place and Shanghai Pudong International Airport fifth. This shows China, initiated by the major airline hubs, has developed a very sophisticated air flight system in terms of either domestic travels or international connections. Three of the China’s leading airports, shown as below, ensure pleasures of China Flights on your China Tours.

Beijing Capital International Airport is the principal airport of Beijing and the busiest civilian airport in China, and meanwhile, the headquarter of Air China. It once replaced Tokyo Haneda Airport as the busiest airport in Asian and listed among the four busiest airports in Asia, together with Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo in 2004. The same year, the third terminal building started to be built and opened into use before Beijing 2008 Olympics after four years’ construction. It is the largest independent terminal building, as large as 170 soccer fields. Since then, Beijing Capital Airport became the first one nationwide with three terminal buildings, two control towers and three aerodrome runways in service coinstantaneously.

Beijing Capital International Airport is an important portal of entry for foreign exchanges, being the center of network of China Civil Aviation. At present, it has 98 domestic flights to 91 cities of the country and 101 international flights to 76 cities outside China. Compared with this crucial transportation hub in Northeast Asia, the other airport in Beijing, Nanyuan Airport is small. It is for both military and civilian use. There are domestic flights only, heading for some major cities like Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Sanya, Chongqing, Changsha and some smaller place, such as Foshan, Linyi, Fuyang, Ordos, Baotou, Quzhou, Yulin, Lianyungang, Changzhou, Hailar and Manchuria.

There are two international airports in one city. This fact makes Shanghai outstanding as the largest city in China. Pudong International Airport play more important role. At present, it has three runways, two terminal buildings, 218 gate positions and 70 boarding walkways. It is affordable an annual passenger throughput of 60 million. There are averagely 700 flights of departure or arrival in one day, making up some 60 percent of Shanghai airports’ total flights amount. It includes the direct flights to New York by US Continental Airlines, Mexico by Mexicana Airlines, Zurich by Swiss International Airlines and Atlanta by Delta Airlines. Over 60 Chinese and overseas airlines set up business here. The flight network covers over 90 cities and regions outside China and more than 70 domestic cities.

15 airlines have scheduled flights to Hongqiao Airport, among which China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Spring Airlines are headquartered at this airport. It connects Shanghai with more than 60 cities in China and chartered flights to two cities in Japan and South Korea.

At the joint area of Renhe Town in Baiyun District and Xinhua Town in Huadu District, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is about 28 kilometers from the central downtown of Guangzhou, Haizhu Square. It is one of the three air transportation hub in China. There are totally 123 scheduled flights, and 86 flights of them are domestic. Every day, there are more than five hundred flight taking off and landing. In the end of 2007, the annual passenger throughput in Guangzhou Airport reached 31 million, far beyond the expectation before the new airport was settled down in 2004. China Southern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines choose the airport as their headquarters.

The airport is located in the center area of Asia-Pacific region. Major cities worldwide can be reached in 15 hours from Guangzhou. Its network covers South and Southeast Asian, being an important traffic hub to go to Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there are flights to Melbourne and Sydney of Australia, Paris, Los Angeles and Lagos of Nigerian, connecting flight to Amsterdam via Beijing and some flight to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya of Japan, Seoul of Korea, etc. China Southern Airlines has most domestic and international flights here.

Best China’s Airports Earn Unraveled Flight Experience

On March 16, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

According to the 2010 report released by Airports Council International, Asian airports occupied all of the seats of world’s five best airports, among which Beijing Capital International Airport ranked the fourth place and Shanghai Pudong International Airport fifth. This shows China, initiated by the major airline hubs, has developed a very sophisticated air flight system […]

According to the 2010 report released by Airports Council International, Asian airports occupied all of the seats of world’s five best airports, among which Beijing Capital International Airport ranked the fourth place and Shanghai Pudong International Airport fifth. This shows China, initiated by the major airline hubs, has developed a very sophisticated air flight system in terms of either domestic travels or international connections. Three of the China’s leading airports, shown as below, ensure pleasures of China Flights on your China Tours

Beijing Capital International Airport is the principal airport of Beijing and the busiest civilian airport in China, and meanwhile, the headquarter of Air China. It once replaced Tokyo Haneda Airport as the busiest airport in Asian and listed among the four busiest airports in Asia, together with Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo in 2004. The same year, the third terminal building started to be built and opened into use before Beijing 2008 Olympics after four years’ construction. It is the largest independent terminal building, as large as 170 soccer fields. Since then, Beijing Capital Airport became the first one nationwide with three terminal buildings, two control towers and three aerodrome runways in service coinstantaneously.

Beijing Capital International Airport is an important portal of entry for foreign exchanges, being the center of network of China Civil Aviation. At present, it has 98 domestic flights to 91 cities of the country and 101 international flights to 76 cities outside China. Compared with this crucial transportation hub in Northeast Asia, the other airport in Beijing, Nanyuan Airport is small. It is for both military and civilian use. There are domestic flights only, heading for some major cities like Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Sanya, Chongqing, Changsha and some smaller place, such as Foshan, Linyi, Fuyang, Ordos, Baotou, Quzhou, Yulin, Lianyungang, Changzhou, Hailar and Manchuria.

There are two international airports in one city. This fact makes Shanghai outstanding as the largest city in China. Pudong International Airport play more important role. At present, it has three runways, two terminal buildings, 218 gate positions and 70 boarding walkways. It is affordable an annual passenger throughput of 60 million. There are averagely 700 flights of departure or arrival in one day, making up some 60 percent of Shanghai airports’ total flights amount. It includes the direct flights to New York by US Continental Airlines, Mexico by Mexicana Airlines, Zurich by Swiss International Airlines and Atlanta by Delta Airlines. Over 60 Chinese and overseas airlines set up business here. The flight network covers over 90 cities and regions outside China and more than 70 domestic cities.

15 airlines have scheduled flights to Hongqiao Airport, among which China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Spring Airlines are headquartered at this airport. It connects Shanghai with more than 60 cities in China and chartered flights to two cities in Japan and South Korea.

At the joint area of Renhe Town in Baiyun District and Xinhua Town in Huadu District, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is about 28 kilometers from the central downtown of Guangzhou, Haizhu Square. It is one of the three air transportation hub in China. There are totally 123 scheduled flights, and 86 flights of them are domestic. Every day, there are more than five hundred flight taking off and landing. In the end of 2007, the annual passenger throughput in Guangzhou Airport reached 31 million, far beyond the expectation before the new airport was settled down in 2004. China Southern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines choose the airport as their headquarters.

The airport is located in the center area of Asia-Pacific region. Major cities worldwide can be reached in 15 hours from Guangzhou. Its network covers South and Southeast Asian, being an important traffic hub to go to Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there are flights to Melbourne and Sydney of Australia, Paris, Los Angeles and Lagos of Nigerian, connecting flight to Amsterdam via Beijing and some flight to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya of Japan, Seoul of Korea, etc. China Southern Airlines has most domestic and international flights here.

Flight Home from China

On December 24, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

You have had such a good time during your China Tours and now you are going back home by Air China. If you have many things to bring with you, to know about their baggage policy is necessary. Baggage carried by Air China can be classified as checked baggage and unchecked baggage. Unchecked Baggage (free […]

You have had such a good time during your China Tours and now you are going back home by Air China. If you have many things to bring with you, to know about their baggage policy is necessary.

Baggage carried by Air China can be classified as checked baggage and unchecked baggage.

Unchecked Baggage (free carry-on articles)

 Unchecked baggage should be suitable for placing into the closed overhead compartment or under the seat in front of passengers.

A .First and business class passengers are allowed two carry-on bags that cannot exceed 5kg in weight.

B. Economy class passengers are allowed one carry-on bags that cannot exceed 5kg (11 lbs) in weight and dimensions of 55cm (21 inches) in length, 40cm (15 inches) in width and 20cm (7 inches) in height.

C. Baggage exceeding the above free baggage allowance should be checked.

 Passengers are not allowed to carry in their carry-on baggage any dangerous articles such as guns, knives, sharp or lethal weapons, or animals.

Checked Baggage

The checked baggage should be packed and fastened properly. It should be able to endure some pressure, and can be unloaded and transported safely under normal operating conditions. It also should abide by the following conditions:

A. Travel box, travel bag and handbag should be locked to avoid theft.

B. More than two bags cannot be bundled into one.

C. Additional articles should not be inserted in the baggage.

D. Bamboo baskets, net bags, ropes, straw bags, plastic bags cannot be wrapped around the baggage.

E. Passengers name, detailed address, and phone number should be written inside and outside the baggage.

Limitation on weight and volume

Maximum weight of each baggage should not exceed 45kg, and the maximum dimension should not exceed 100×60×40cm3. The baggage exceeding the above allowance should be transported as freight.

Minimum weight of each baggage should not be less than 2kg, and the minimum dimension should not be less than 30×10×20cm3.

The baggage exceeding the above allowance can not be transported as checked baggage alone.

The following items should not be packed in checked baggage. If a loss of these items occurs due to a passenger breach, Air China will not be held liable and will only compensate lost baggage according to lost baggage policies.

Important or Commercial documents, Securities, Currency, Bank Draft, Jewelry, Valuable metal and metalwork, Curio, calligraphy and paintings, Fragile articles, Perishable articles, Samples

Weight concept

Any passenger holding an adult or child fare ticket is entitled to the free baggage allowance of 40kgs (88 lbs) for first class, 30kgs (66 lbs) for business class, and 20kgs (44 lbs) for economy class. One bag is allowed free of charge for infants with the maximum dimensions no more than 115cm (45 inches), In addition, a baby stroller (if able to fold) or carrying basket may be checked free of charge.

Piece concept

The free baggage allowance per piece applies to international routes between China and the US, China and Canada, Madrid and Sao Paulo. For first and business class passengers, two bags per passenger may be checked free of charge. The maximum dimensions of each piece should not exceed158cm (62 inches) and should not weigh more than 32kg (70 lbs). For adults and children in economy class, two bags per passenger may be checked free of charge. The maximum dimensions of each piece should not exceed 158cm (62 inches) and should not weight more than 23kg (50 lbs). The maximum dimensions of two pieces should not exceed 273cm (107 inches). Infant passengers paying 10% of the adult fare are allowed to check one bag free of charge. The maximum dimensions of each piece should not exceed 115cm (45 inches). In addition, a baby stroller (if able to fold) or carrying basket may be checked free of charge. Any baggage in excess of the above regulated weight or dimensions will be subject to an excess baggage charge.

For the policy on excess baggage, you can refer to their website. Enjoy your flight and plan a china travel in your next vocation.

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Online Companies for Cheap Airplane Airfare

On December 13, 2010, in Accomodation, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Flight booking for your international travel and domestic China Tours should be different if you want to save money. Booking through an agent is advised due to its convenience and care-freeness but only if you do not mind paying the agency fee or sometimes ending up with less discount tickets. If you have access to […]

Flight booking for your international travel and domestic China Tours should be different if you want to save money.

Booking through an agent is advised due to its convenience and care-freeness but only if you do not mind paying the agency fee or sometimes ending up with less discount tickets.

If you have access to the Internet, you yourself can get cheap international air tickets or book discount China Flights without any difficulty and you do not need any agents.

For cheap international air tickets, I have five websites for you which are most recommended and shared among international travelers.

No.1 TravelZoo

Its website provides a search engine capable of providing airfares from several dozen airlines. Your fares are provided in a simplified single list format with purchase links to their related airline or travel website. You may select your ticket based on a variety of options such as airline, departure or arrival time, or prices.

No.2. Expedia

It is one of the largest travel search engine websites on the internet. As it will often purchase blocks of tickets from the major airlines, you may find the exact same ticket priced 20% to 40% cheaper than what is listed directly on the airlines website. Occasionally, I have found cheaper fares when booked with a hotel.

No.3 Priceline

It is best known for their more than famous spokesman, but if you have complete flexibility in your schedule, this website can be a great option. You can either search for the current priced ticket or bid your own price. I have found when bidding that airlines often will not go much more than 10% to 15% their lowest published fare and tickets must be purchased immediately.

No.4. Travelocity

Have a timeline in mind? Its flexible dates fare search option will show you future fares for select US and international markets. This will give you an idea of the best fares possible. From these ticket prices you can often determine the best time of year to visit a particular location.

No.5. Airfarewatchdog

This online travel company offers a unique approach to finding airfares based on the city you are leaving from or going to. After entering this information, the site will provide you with the lowest fares to or from your city of choice for both domestic and international routes. It will also provide information on advance purchase, airline, days of the week for travel, and seat availability.

However, after a Travel to Beijing, then you are planning another one to shanghai, Xi’an, or Lhasa, do not use Expedia, Travelocity, or Priceline to buy your plane tickets. Why? Because these or other foreign travel companies are much more expensive. Best discounts of domestic China flights are provided by local companies. It would be much wiser to book through them.

The most popular online companies among china domestic travelers are Elong, Ctrip, and Travelzen which can also be accessed from outside of China. You can refer to my blog “Cheap China Ticket—Domestic Air Tickets” for detailed introduction about them.

Cheap China Ticket—Domestic Air Tickets

On December 9, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Transportation, by Jack Li

When traveling by air between Chinese cities, do not use Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz to buy your plane tickets. Why? Because these or other foreign travel companies are much more expensive. Best discounts of domestic China Flights are provided by local companies. It would be much wiser to book through them. This article will introduce […]

When traveling by air between Chinese cities, do not use Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz to buy your plane tickets. Why? Because these or other foreign travel companies are much more expensive. Best discounts of domestic China Flights are provided by local companies. It would be much wiser to book through them.

This article will introduce you some China travel companies you can resort to for cheap Chinese domestic air tickets.

There are many those online companies actually but Elong, Ctrip, and Travelzen are the most practical, reliable and can be accessed from outside of China.

Elong

ELong, Inc. (NASDAQ: LONG) is a leading online travel company in China. Headquartered in Beijing, ELong has a national presence across China, and uses web-based distribution technologies and a 24-hour call center to provide consumers with accurate travel information and high quality travel booking services.

Elong has become Expedia’s exclusive affiliate in Asia, working with Expedia’s branches across the globe to bring best travel experiences to customers.

It fulfills domestic and international air ticket reservations in over 80 major cities across China.

Ctrip

Ctrip is also China’s leading flight ticketing service, booking over 2 million tickets monthly with all Chinese and major international airlines.

Complimentary ticket delivery service is provided in over 60 cities throughout China, and Ctrip One Hour Express Ticketing—an industry first in China—provides reliable and fast e-ticketing service to members.

Some Chinese online booking sites don’t accept foreign credit cards, but Ctrip does.

Travelzen

Based in Shanghai, Travelzen uses state-of-the-art proprietary technology and SEBTI’s unparalleled resources to deliver the best possible availability and prices through an intuitive, real-time booking engine offering both domestic and outbound air tickets as well as hotel reservations for hundreds of Mainland Chinese cities including Hong Kong and Macau.

Qunar

Qunar(means “Where are you going?” in Chinese) is a Chinese search engine which can search prices from most travel (airline tickets, hotel) service providers’ websites based on your search query, and you can filter and then purchase such services by clicking the links in the search result. The price on its search result is probably the best price one can find on the Internet.

Many Chinese people just use it to buy domestic air tickets instead of the above three. 

However, the website is operated in the Chinese language. If you can read simple Chinese, it would be very helpful for you.

Chinese airlines use the same kind of dynamic pricing systems as airlines in the West, which means prices always seem to be changing in response to market conditions, especially on busy routes.

Therefore it is best to book your tickets for your China tours in advance, 2 months or so will typically guarantee you the best deals. If you wait until a week or two out, you may get a greater discount than you would booking in advance, but it will only be minor (eg,40% 2 months in advance, 50% a week in advance) and at the same time you risk paying full price or something very close to it.

Airline in China

On December 9, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Planning China Tours? Want to have a Travel to Beijing to visit the Great Wall (one of the eight wonders of the world) and the Forbidden City or have a journey to Guilin to appreciate the beauty of nature? You need air tickets. Before booking you may want to know something about the airlines in […]

Planning China Tours? Want to have a Travel to Beijing to visit the Great Wall (one of the eight wonders of the world) and the Forbidden City or have a journey to Guilin to appreciate the beauty of nature? You need air tickets. Before booking you may want to know something about the airlines in china. For your convenience, this page lists the major Chinese airlines.

 

Air China

Chinese Name: 中国国际航空公司

Logo: a stylized red phoenix

Airline Code: CA

Air China is one of China’s largest carriers and has flights all over China, Asia and the rest of the world. As a Star Alliance member, Air China flights on the same routes as its partner can be a cheaper option but airplanes are typically rather old with few modern amenities (like overhead lights that work). 

 

 

China Southern Airlines

Chinese Name: 中国南方航空公司

Logo: red kapok delicately adoring a blue vertical tail fin.

Airline Code: CZ

Based in Guangzhou, China Southern serves mostly southern China but also operates many Asia and broader international flights. It touts a relatively modern fleet of airplanes.

China Eastern Airlines

Chinese Name: 中国东方航空公司

Logo: a white bird on a blue and red background

Airline Code: MU

Based in Shanghai, China Eastern operates domestic flights all over China as well as strong international flight routes. 

 

Hainan Airlines

Chinese Name: 海南航空公司

Logo: pearl at the top and a golden wing roc as its main body

Airline Code: HU

Hainan Airlines is based out of Haikou, Hainan Island but has extensive domestic routes as well as limited international routes mostly in Eastern Europe.

Shenzhen Airlines

Chinese Name: 深圳航空公司

Logo: a stylized roc

Airline Code: ZH

Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: King Club Mileage Program

Shenzhen Airlines is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and serves the Chinese domestic market with a very few international (Asian) flights.

Xiamen Airlines

Chinese Name: 厦门航空公司

Logo: a white egret flying on a blue background
Airline Code: MF
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Egret Card

Xiamen Airlines is the first enterprise operated airlines in Mainland China. From 2009 it opened the chartered service between Shenyang and Taiwan, which is the unique direct chartered flight in Northeast China and also the longest cross-Straits charter flight currently.

 For discount China Flights, the most practical tips are book in advance and be flexible. Late-night flights, very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted. Friday and Sunday are the most expensive days to travel while Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly.

Discount Air Travel in China

On December 6, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

China is such a mystical land where the civilization dates back more than 6,000 years, and it is the source of the Four Great Inventions, and home to such wonders as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Imperial Palace in Beijing. You are planning a china travel and need advice for […]

China is such a mystical land where the civilization dates back more than 6,000 years, and it is the source of the Four Great Inventions, and home to such wonders as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Imperial Palace in Beijing.

You are planning a china travel and need advice for the air tickets. This article is written to help you with your discount China Flights.

Getting discount air tickets is very simple. As a matter of fact, there are many kinds of discounts offered by the airlines.

 Online-Booking Discount

Online airline tickets are deeply discounted because the airlines sell about 7-100 seats on each flight to contracted online vendors.

 Last-Minute Discount

Sometimes if you stand the suspense and just wait, you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. Many airlines offer weekly newsletters that feature their best last-minute deals. 

 Stand-By Discount

Getting cheap standby tickets is possible. But nowadays only a few air lines offer the service. Inquire about it if you’re flying off-season. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.

 Booking-In-Advance Discount

Booking in advance is recommended especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up 21 days, 14 days, 7 days and 3 days before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before these deadlines. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance for the best deals.

 Book-through-Consolidator Discount

Buy tickets through consolidators, who buy blocks of tickets and sell them at a discount to help an airline fill up all available seats.

 Flexibility Discount

This can be further divided into three categories.

First, it is off-season discount. When booking your tickets, be flexible and try to avoid peak seasons and you can get off-season discount.

For example, try to avoid the peak domestic travel seasons, when the Chinese people travel. They are Chinese New Year, Labor Day, and National Day. The New Year occurs in January / February. The Labor Day and National Day dates vary, but are around May 1 and October 1. Hong Kong’s high season is October through December. Despite the heat and humidity, summer is the peak season for Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Hong Kong’s off seasons are summer and winter. Conventions and trade fairs, however, book the best hotels, particularly in March and April. Winter in Beijing and Shanghai is the off season, and hotels offer substantial discounts. The best time to search for cheap flights to China is autumn when the weather is gorgeous and there are few tourists.

 Secondly, it is date discount. Friday and Sunday are the most expensive days to travel while Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly on discount tickets.

 Thirdly, late-night flights, very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted as well.

 Frequent –Flyer discount

If possible, stay with the same airline during your entire trip, so you can receive round-trip or other connecting fare discounts, such as frequent flier miles .Why pay a fare at all when you can use your frequent flier miles? Although redeeming miles has become more difficult in recent years, it’s still a good option to consider, particularly if you’re booking early; airlines designate a very limited number of seats on each flight as eligible for award travel, and these seats go quickly.

 In conclusion, good planning and a bit of flexibility can guarantee your discount airfares for your China Tours.

Low Fare Air Travel in China

On November 29, 2010, in Accomodation, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be […]

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be relatively high, too.

Is low fare air travel in China possible? Of course! It is no big deal and does not involve any magic or luck. It is just a matter of planning and flexibility.

No .1 Buy Early VS Buy Late

Early buying is recommended especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up 21 days, 14 days, 7 days and 3 days before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before these deadlines. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance for the best deals.

However, everything is relative and nothing is absolute. Sometimes if you stand the suspense and just wait, you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. Many airlines offer weekly newsletters that feature their best last-minute deals.

No. 2 Standby Fares

Getting cheap standby tickets is possible. But nowadays only a few air lines offer the service. Inquire about it if you’re flying off-season. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.

No 3 Frequent Flier Miles

If possible, stay with the same airline during your entire trip, so you can receive round-trip or other connecting fare discounts, such as frequent flier miles .Why pay a fare at all when you can use your frequent flier miles? Although redeeming miles has become more difficult in recent years, it’s still a good option to consider, particularly if you’re booking early; airlines designate a very limited number of seats on each flight as eligible for award travel, and these seats go quickly.

No 4 Travel Packages

Ask the airline if it offers travel packages to save money in other areas. For instance, is a rental car or hotel room available at a discount along with the airline ticket?

No.5 Be Flexible

Be flexible in scheduling your flight. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly; late-night flights, very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted as well.

No 6 Shop Around

No matter how good it sounds, you should never book the first fare you see. Because only after comparing with others can you find out whether the stated fare is the cheapest. Always inquire about other options when speaking to the airline reservations clerk and if the internet is available, check more than one web site. If you don’t see anything in your preferred price range, don’t be afraid to bide your time and watch the fares for a bit. Most major booking sites have alert features that will e-mail you when your fare drops to a price you’re willing to pay.

No 7 Buy through Consolidators

Buy tickets through consolidators, who buy blocks of tickets and sell them at a discount to help an airline fill up all available seats.

By following those tips of course you can enjoy low fare air travel in China, but sometimes you are simply in such a hurry, or busy with other parts of your trip or want more time to enjoy yourself that you can not afford or do not want to waste the time in those planning and comparing, you can just pick up a China travel agent that you can trust and let it do everything for you.

Ways to Get Low Cost Plane Tickets for China Domestic Flights

On November 25, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Are you still struggling to book cheap air tickets for domestic trips within China? Well, because of the safety control of the government, it is rare that you could book cheap domestic flights in China through the local agencies in your country. Another factor for not getting cheap tickets is that you are not familiar […]

Are you still struggling to book cheap air tickets for domestic trips within China? Well, because of the safety control of the government, it is rare that you could book cheap domestic flights in China through the local agencies in your country. Another factor for not getting cheap tickets is that you are not familiar with the “black-out” period of flights. In addition, it is tricky that the price sometimes depends on where you are leaving. For example, if you Travel to Guilin, or Chengdu, it is cheaper if you take flights from Shanghai rather than Beijing. As Shanghai is the center of the competitions of all airlines, such as China Southern Airlines, Spring Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines.

Low-cost airlines for domestic flights and adjacent Asian countries. As I have mentioned above, you can always get cheap tickets, if you are leaving from Shanghai. Especially, the two most famous low-cost airlines was established in Shanghai: Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines. These two airlines always offer the cheapest prices for flights from Shanghai to other cities, Hong Kong, and adjacent Asian countries. For example, the latest price for traveling from Shanghai to Xi’an by Spring Airlines is only RMB 400 yuan and RMB 500 yuan by Juneyao Airlines, while the prices from other airlines are at least RMB 650 yuan. If you are in Beijing, then you may need to do more research on the cheap tickets. To reduce some work, I would like to recommend several airlines besides the Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines: Xia’men Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and Hainan Airlines, which also has opened several international cheap lines recently.

Avoid “Black-out” periods for cheap air tickets. There several national holidays that you may want to avoid. It is not only because of the full-priced air tickets, but also the horribly crowded situation all over China. The golden week for National Day lasts from Oct 1st to Oct 7th is quite busy, and several days before or after this week. The summer vacation period is also the hot season for the air tickets. However, the exact months of summer vacation in China are different from most western countries. Normally, the students will have their summer vacation from July to the end of the August. But for most western countries, as far as I know, the summer vacation lasts from May to September. Thus, you can arrange your trip to China at the first section of summer vacation when the scenery spots are not getting crowd and the air tickets are always on sale. In the end, the worst period I suggest you to avoid is the Spring Festival period. This vacation is even the nightmare for Chinese, as everyone wants to go back to their hometown for this biggest traditional Spring Festival. Moreover, people need to come back to those big cities for work after this vacation. You can try to imagine what the condition would be, considering that there is 1.3 billion population in China. In order to avoid the chaos on trains and in railway stations, many people with decent incomes will choose airplanes. Therefore, it is not the matter of buying cheap tickets but the fact that probably you are not able to get one full-priced ticket.

Travel to another country always needs a large amount of preparation time and money. The most economical method for travelling in China might be taking the advantage of e-commerce. You can book the discounted air tickets, full-range of China Hotels, customized tour packages through some official websites, like ctrip, and chinatraveldepot.com. By ordering your travel services through internet, you will enjoy a worry-free and cheap trip in China!

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