The People’s Republic of China is a huge and intoxicating mixture of hyper-modern, technicolour cities, beautiful countryside and deep cultural heritage extending from the famous wall to the architectural wonders of Xi'an. You can expect a huge variety of tasty food and drink, lots of history and culture, and a fascinating blend of experiences when your flight to China lands.
Finnair serves six airports in China, covering the major cities of Beijing (PEK), Chongqing (CKG), Guangzhou (CAN), Nanjing (NKG), Shanghai (PVG) and Xi’an (XIY).
With such a comprehensive range of destinations in China, we have this vast country covered. Why not fly to China with us and experience the appeal of this most exotic destination for yourself.
Destinations in China served by Finnair
- Beijing is the capital of China and also its cultural centre with the Forbidden City and other architectural treasures. It will appeal to you whether you’re a city lover or a history buff, or both! Other highlights when you fly to Beijing include the Temple of Heaven, the Olympic Stadium and the Summer Palace.
- Chongqing is the place you go to begin exploration of the architectural marvels of the titanic Three Gorges Dam. It is a fascinating and thriving modern Chinese city with a population of around twenty million people. Fly to Chongqing to begin a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River.
- Southern Guangzhou is a sprawling port city with a trading history that represents modern China at its best and you’ll find that it is located conveniently close to both Macau and Hong Kong.
- In Nanjing, you will discover a southern Chinese city that contains a wealth of historic locations and artefacts such as the UNESCO-listed Ming Tombs.
- Fly to Shanghai to revel in the wonders of its riverside cityscape surrounding the Huangpu River and delve deep into the shopping and cultural opportunities of this huge metropolis. You’ll quickly discover why it’s one of the top China destinations.
- Xi’an is famous for being home to the unusual Terracotta Warriors. You can also discover the huge and ancient city walls, visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and travel back in time at Shaanxi History Museum when you fly to Xi’an.
Typical food and drink in China
The food that you might have enjoyed in your local Chinese restaurant is just the tip of the iceberg. China has four major different regional cuisines, so you will find that the style will change depending on where you go. Try the hotter, spicier Szechuan dishes, such as Kung Po Prawns with liberal amounts of garlic and chilli, or the subtler but no less delicious dumplings and fragrant rice cakes in the North. Fly to China and savour favourite dishes like Beijing duck, hot pot, wonton soup, dumplings, hot and sour noodles, egg tart, mooncake and much, much more.
FANTASTIC FESTIVALS IN CHINA
Book your China flights to experience lively festivals for a better understanding of local beliefs, culture and traditions.
Chinese New Year is the country’s biggest celebration, with a huge array of activities and events. From traditional lion and dragon dances to Chinese opera performances, parades, food, fireworks and lanterns, it’s an exciting time for all. It falls at the start of the lunar new year, which is always sometime in January or February.
In early April, the Qingming Festival honours the deceased. Duanwu Festival is an exciting celebration in the fifth lunar month, with colourful and competitive dragon boat races.
Often referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Qixi Festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The Zhongyuan Festival (Hungry Ghost Festival) falls on the 15th, a time when it is believed that the dead come to roam the Earth.
There are large-scale activities organised across the country on 1st October to celebrate the National Day of China. After that, the Winter Solstice and the Laba Festival are also important.
If you want to attend some of these fascinating events, be sure to book your accommodation and plane tickets to China well in advance.
Practical information about China
- Currency – Yuan (¥)
- Time Zones – UTC+08:00
- Tipping – Tipping is not compulsory or expected but is greatly appreciated.
- Electricity – 220 volts or 50 Hz.
- Telephone Country Code – +86
BEST TIME TO VISIT CHINA
China is a huge country so there’s plenty to enjoy at all times of the year. Popular cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, have a great variety of indoor and outdoor attractions and are great to visit year round.
The weather varies greatly depending on the area but spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) have the most pleasant conditions for visitors to enjoy exploring China.
In spring, temperatures are comfortable around most of the country. The north is fairly dry, but the south can be quite rainy.
Summer temperatures are hot in many parts of China, though this can be the best time for enjoying beach resorts and the cooler mountains. Summer is also China’s typhoon season in the southeast, so pack for rainy conditions if traveling there. Remember to check the airfare to China in advance too, as this is peak travel time.
Autumn is usually dry with comfortable temperatures. It’s a great time for hiking and enjoying outdoor pursuits.
Chinese winters are typically cold, with sub-zero temperatures, snow, and ice in some areas. Southern areas are warmer than their northern counterparts. China has several hundred ski resorts to please fans of winter sports. Winter is the low season and you can often find the best deals on accommodation, activities and cheap flights to China.
FLIGHTS TO CHINA
We were the first airline in Europe to start direct flights to China’s capital of Beijing. Routes have since expanded and Finnair has now been flying to China for more than 30 years. For several years, Finnair has come out top as the Best European Airline at the influential TTG China Travel Awards.
There are around 30 direct flights to China from Helsinki each week. Flying to Beijing from Helsinki takes around 07h 35min, the flight to Shanghai is around 08h 50min, and it takes around 09h to reach Nanjing.
Finnair connects various destinations worldwide with China via Helsinki. You’ll find flights to China from London, Berlin, Brussels, Stockholm and more. Transfers are easy when flying from London to China, for example, with all gates and services in the same building. Connection times are typically short and there are plenty of airport amenities to enjoy while you wait.
You’ll likely be flying on an A350 aircraft when you book your plane tickets to China with Finnair. Large windows, a state-of-the-art air filtration system, a high-tech entertainment system, and ambient LED lighting makes flying even more comfortable.
Whether you choose Economy Class or Nordic Business Class, you’re sure to have a pleasant flight with top-notch services when you buy your airline tickets to China with Finnair.