The most common flight destinations in China are Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. A sovereign state located in East Asia, the People’s Republic of China is also the most populous country with over 1.35 billion residents. Best known for its vast landscapes ranging from the Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south, the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges are separate from South and Central Asia.

Cheap flights to China flying from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban – South African Airlines, Emirates, KLM, Korean, Lufthansa, Qatar, Air China, Etihad, and Singapore Airlines are all available for your travels. Offering a wide range of flights to your destination city, whether you prefer a direct or 2-stop travel, and depending on which city in South Africa you are departing from, Cathay, Egypt Air and Air France can be added to your selection of airline carriers.

Having expanded greatly over the last few decades, China has become one of the world’s most watched and hottest inbound and outbound tourist markets, resulting in a sustainable tourism boom.

China’s tourist attractions can be divided into three main groups: natural sites, historical and cultural sites, and folk customs. Your bucket-list will be incomplete with the following on your itinerary.

Great Wall of China – One of the greatest tourist attractions in the world, the Great Wall of China was built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China, to protect the Chinese Empire against intruders. The Mutianyu section is recommended for a day trip as this will take about half your day. For a serious hiking trip, Jinshanling to Simatai or Gubeikou is for you.

Summer Palace – This cosmic collective of lakes, gardens and palaces are a highlight in Beijing. The World Heritage List declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chines landscape garden design”. This popular tourist destination is a combination of artificial features such as pavilions, palaces, temples and bridges with open water and natural landscapes of hills.

Shanghai French Concession – An area that was once designated for the French has expanded into a busy shopping district with extremely trendy boutiques and restaurants for tourists, with the Shanghai Stadium just a stone-throw away. Take a self-guided walking tour of the area. You might need to put a full day aside for this. Start: South Huangpi, Road Metro Station and End: South Shaanxi Road Metro Station.

Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve – This national park is located in the north of Sichuan, part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateaux. This nature reserve offers stunning views of lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. The park is also the natural habitat for two of China’s most treasured endangered species – the Giant Panda and the Sichuan Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey.

The Forbidden City – For almost 500 years, this was the home of emperors and their households in the centre of Beijing. Here, the Chinese government also held their ceremonial and political related gatherings. The Forbidden City is one of the most important five palaces in the world (the other four being Buckingham Palace in the UK, the White House in the US, the Palace of Versailles in France and the Kremlin in Russia.