You can currently fly to Shanghai and Qingdao, China with Skyteam members Air Europa, KLM, China Eastern, and Xiamen Airlines from Madrid for prices starting at €364. This is a very low price, considering that this fare includes luggage.
We found cheap flights to these two Chinese destinations:
You will usually have to fly to Amsterdam and then have a second layover in China (e.g. in Xiamen).
Search & Book
Sadly, we weren’t able to find any fare rules for these flights. For this deal, we strongly recommend booking via Skyscanner, as the airlines’ websites have much higher prices. Nevertheless, always make sure that it says that baggage is included. To find good dates, Google Flights is surely the best tool. Availability is highest in May 2020, especially for Qingdao.
Here’s an availability calendar with all available dates, which will redirect you to the booking on Skyscanner:
Information & Tips for China
China is the most populous and the third largest country in the world, so naturally, there is a lot to see. The most touristically important cities are the capital of China, Beijing and the financial and trade center Shanghai.
Best Time to Travel
Since the country is vast and extends over several climate zones, there is no best travel time for China. China is connected to Europe through numerous direct flights and the travel time is about 11-13 hours. Flights to China can be found for less than 400€ throughout the year, and there are also often excellent Business Class fares.
A general advice is that travel should be avoided during the Chinese national holidays, which span over the first two weeks of October. During these time tourist destinations are overcrowded with Chinese tourists on their domestic vacation.
Visa for China
Most European citizens will need a visa to enter China.
You can apply for a tourist visa at a Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your country. There you’ll hand in your visa application personally and can pick it up again after a few days. There is no faster and cheaper way.
Alternatively, you can apply for a visa by mail. The processing time will be up to two weeks, and you’ll have to pay for extra for shipping.
There are also so-called Visa services available that sometimes offer a faster (and maybe even cheaper) way to get your Visa. Check local sites to find out more.
All Dealz for China
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