China is a country of vast distances.
If you don't have the time or inclination for
a long drawn-out land campaign, take to the air.
The Civil Aviation Administration
of China(CAAC) is the civil aviation authority
for numerous airlines, including Air China, China
Eastern, China Southern, China Southwest, China
Northern, Shanghai, Yunnan and others, which has
opened around 1,000 domestic lines that cover
140 cities with Beijing in the center. There are
also 130 international airlines and 21 regional
airlines, radiating to 60 cities in 40 countries.
Flying along these lines are some of the world's
finest aircraft, and all the major airports are
equipped with the world's best available facilities.
Air China is one of the safest air companies in
Planes vary in style and comfort.
The more regularly travelled routes between cities
employ Boeing or Airbus. You may get a hot meal,
or just a small piece of cake and an airline souvenir.
On-board announcements are delivered in Chinese
and English if there are foreigners on board.
Reservation & Cancellation
You'll need to show your passport
when reserving or purchasing a ticket. Business-class
tickets cost 25% more than economy-class tickets,
and lst-class tickets cost an extra 60%. Children
over 12 are charged adult fares; kids between
two and 12 pay half-price. Toddlers under the
age of two pay 10% of the full fare. You can use
credit cards at most CAAC offices and travel agents.
Buying tickets during the Chinese
New Year, and the 1 May and 1 October week-long
holidays is near impossible, so plan early. There
is an airport tax of £¤50 on domestic
Cancellation fees depend on how 1ong
before departure you cancel. On domestic flights,
if you cancel 24 to 48 hours before departure
you lose 10% of the fare; if you cancel between
two and 24 hours before the flight you lose 20%;
and if you cancel less than two hours before the
flight you 1ose 30%. If you don't show up for
a domestic flight, you are entitled to a refund
of 50%. When purchasing a ticket, you may be asked
to buy insurance (£¤20). It's not
compulsory and the amount you can claim is very
If you have reserved a seat to continue
your flight in China, or for a return journey
on an international or regional flight, you
should reconfirm its reservation at least 72
hours before departure if you'll stop over at
the boarding place for longer than 72 hours.
Or else the seat shall be automatically cancelled.
No confirmation is necessary if you stop over
at the place for your continued flight or return
flight for less than 72 hours.
- Ticket Validity:
The validity period of normal fare tickets,
whether for single, return or circular trips,
is one year. The validity periods of special
fare tickets and discount normal fare tickets
are calculated on the basis of related fares
in accordance with relevant stipulations.
- You need to arrive at the airport
at least 30 minutes before departure.
- Airport Fee:
A 90-yuan airport fee shall be collected from
passengers departing from any international
airports in the People's Republic of China.
Passengers holding diplomatic passports, transit
passengers who stop over for less than 24 hours,
and children under the age of 12 are exempt
from the airport fee.
- Free Luggage
Allowance by Weight: The free luggage
allowance by weight for every passenger holding
a ticket with full fare or half fare for an
international or regional flight is 40 kg for
a first-class ticket, 30 kg for a business class
ticket, and 20 kg for an economy class ticket.
No free luggage allowance is granted to babies
who pay 10 percent of the adult fare.
- Carry-on Baggage:
2 pieces for a passenger holding a first-class
ticket; and 1 piece for a passenger with a business
or an economy-class ticket. The dimensions for
each piece of luggage allowed should not exceed
20x40x55 cm, and the maximum weight shall not
exceed 5 kg. You'll have to pay if you bring
more luggage aboard than is allowed in terms
of piece or weight.