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China is immense as well all know it, but the air travel connections between the cities are still not enough for travelers. It is still very popular to travel by train (Chinese rail infrastructure is quite developed and it is further extending and being modernized constantly).

The air travel market isn't liberalized and there are large parts of the country that are reserved for the military or are other types of forbidden places to fly across.

With tourism intensifying and the appearance of new airports, some travelers might want to wonder deeper into China than just Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing... Or, you might be interested in how to beast reach China and which are the most important big airports. Our China air travel guide is at your disposal...


Air travel possibility guides within the territories belonging to China have been split into 3 groups. This page treats mainland China. If you are interested in the territories of Hong Kong or Macau, then please check the respective sections!


Domestic flights

Many flights available between the big cities.


International flights

Best flight connections with the rest of the World are from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu cities.


Airlines serving China


Air China

Air China is the second alrgest state-owned airline in the PRC.

Has hubs near Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai cities.

In late 2009 it had 185 destinations.

From Beijing it flies to: Baotou, Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Datong, Dazhou, Fuzhou, Guangyuan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hailar, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Huangshan, Jiamusi, Jingdezhen, Jinggangshan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Liuzhou, Mianyang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nantong, Ningbo, Ordos, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Taizhou (Zhejiang), Tongliao, Urumqi, Weihai, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xiangfan, Xilinhot, Xining, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Yanji, Yantai, Yichang, Yinchuan, Yuncheng, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai.

From Shanghai if flies to: Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guiyang, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Sendai, Shenzhen, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Wenzhou, Xi'an.

From Chengdu the destinations are: Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhi, Dalian, Daxian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Luxi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nyingchi, Panzhihua, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Wuxi, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xichang, Xining, Xishuangbanna , Yinchuan, Zhangjaijie, Zhengzhou.


China Eastern Airlines

As its name suggests, it serves primarily the eastern part of the country.

Has hubs at Hongqiao and Pudong airports near Shanghai city.

Flies to over 100 destinations.

Focus cities are: Kunming, Xi'an, Nanjing, Wuhan.

China Southern Airlines

A very large airline serving 121 destinations with close to 300 planes (data from November 20th, 2009).

Certainly a good choice if you are travelling in the southern parts of the country.


Chongqing Airlines

Chongqing Airlines is based in the city with the same name and has a fleet of 7 planes.

It is owned by China Southern Airlines.

From Chonqing it flies to: Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Ningbo, Sanya, Shanghai cities.

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines is based in Haikou, Hainan Island.

Serves and focuses primarily on Haikou, Beijing, Xi'an, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Tianjin and Ningbo.

Northeast Airlines

Northeast Airlines is a very small airline with a fleet of 3 planes (in late 2009) that operates from Shenyan Taoxian International Airport.

Shandong Airlines

Shandong Airlines is based in Jinan, Shandong Province.

Has hub at Jinan and focuses on Qingdao and Yantai cities.

In late 2009 it has about 4 dozen destinations.

Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines is part of the Star Alliance. It is uncommon for Chinese carriers to take part in such strategic alliances.

It operates from both airports of the city: Pudong International and Hongqiao International as well.

Flies to over 70 destinations and has many codeshare agreements with airlines from around the World.

Therefore if you travel to Chinese cities through Shanghai, then you must check out the services offered by Shanghai Airlines.

Shenzhen Airlines

Shenzhen Airlines is headquartered in the city with the same name, just across the border with Hong Kong.

Flies to over 80 cities in China and Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand.

If you are travelling to Shenzhen, then this airline must be on your "to check out list".

Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines has hubs in Chengdu and Chongqing.

It is one of China's emerging airlines and if you are travelling to or from Chengdu city, then you must check them out.


Tianjin Airlines

Tianjin Airlines is based in the city of Tianjin, China.

Serves domestic (Altay, Beijing, Tianjin, Ürümqi) and a number of foreign destinations as well.

Xiamen Airlines

Xiamen Airlines is based in Xiamen, as its name suggests.

With over 50 aircraft in late 2009 it has over 50 destinations to serve.

It has hubs at Xiamen Gaoqi International and at Fuzhou Changle International Airports.


Various other carriers

Airlines from all over the World fly to China. Especially Shanghai is a good aerial port for entering or leaving the country with a foreign carrier. Other major airports receiving foreign carriers are near Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Guangzhou.

Naturally you will find much more Asian carrier in China than airline from the rest of the World.


Destinations, major airports in China


Here are the main airports in the mainland of the People's Republic of China:


Anshun Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Nanyuan Airport

Changsha Huanghua International Airport

Changzhou Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport

Fuzhou Changle International Airport

Ganzhou Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Haikou Meilan International Airport

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

Harbin Taiping International Airport

Hefei Luogang International Airport

Heihe Airport

Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport

Kashgar/Kashi Airport

Kunming Wujiaba International Airport

Lanzhou Airport

Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport/Lanzhou West Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport (located in Tibet)

Nanjing Lukou International Airport

Nanning Wuxu International Airport

Nanyang Airport

Ningbo Lishe International Airport

Qingdao Liuting International Airport

Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport

Shenyang Taoxian International Airport

Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport

Taiyuan International Airport

Tianjin Binhai International Airport

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport

Wuhai Airport

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport

Yantai Laishan International Airport

Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport

Zhijiang Airport


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