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Popular destinations Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing
Flights depart from South Africa
Flight price R7 569
Distance 10 869 km
Airlines Ethiopian Air, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates

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The average direct flight from South Africa to China takes 23h 33m, covering a distance of 11777 km. The most popular route is Johannesburg - Guangzhou with an average flight time of 16h 25m.

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Origin
Cape Town
R9 447
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R9 447
Johannesburg
R7 569
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R7 569
Destination
Beijing
R8 944
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R8 944
Shanghai
R7 569
only
R7 569
R9 447
only
R9 447
Guangzhou
R10 511
only
R10 511
Fri, Nov 29
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
19h 30m
Wed, Dec 4
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
19h 55m
R7 569
Trip: 6 days
7,0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,0 Good
Based on 2 193 reviews
Boarding
7,0
Comfort
7,2
Crew
7,6
Entertainment
6,7
Food
6,6
ADD
JRO
Okay 5,3

Pros: Crew was very friendly and professional

Cons: 45 minutes late departure

LLW
ADD
Good 6,0

Pros: Fine flight with good meals.

Cons: TV was broken, had phone so it was okay, the frustrating but was the call button. I rarely hit it, did this time for an arrivals card, the guy beside me messed his up and used mine while I was sleeping. No problem, until I hit the button. No one came for more than an hour, I even made eye contact.

EWR
LFW
Excellent 8,3

Pros: I appreciated the amount of movies offered as well as its variety. I also liked how often they brought drinks and snacks. The airline crew was very helpful to passengers.

LUN
ADD
Okay 4,0

Cons: Flight delays with no info from staff. Food poorly prepared. No orderly queues - there is aggression with no intervention from staff. There is no need for two security checks when making connections in Addis. Plane loos were all very stinky and dirty. I now remember why I had stopped using ET!

ADD
HKG
Excellent 9,6

Pros: Amazing crew!

Sun, Nov 17
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
PEK
Beijing Capital
28h 50m
Sun, Dec 29
PEK
Beijing Capital
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
30h 00m
R8 944
Trip: 43 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
HKG
LAX
Excellent 8,3

Cons: Would be nice if they offered hot towels for the Economy passengers.

MNL
HKG
Good 7,3

Pros: Yes Crew were indeed amazing!

NRT
HKG
Excellent 8,3

Pros: Crew was extremely friendly as expected from Cathay. The aircraft was substituted from the scheduled A350-800 to an A330 but it still had lie flat seats, just not as nice. The crew was very apologetic for the last minute schedule change.

Cons: Nothing can be done about the aircraft swap, I’m happy they swapped with an aircraft with lie flat seats as I was exhausted and needed the rest before landing in HKG.

JFK
YVR
Excellent 10,0

Cons: Shopping items available.

HKG
CDG
Excellent 10,0

Cons: Love it

Mon, Feb 3
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
PEK
Beijing Capital
19h 05m
Mon, Feb 17
PEK
Beijing Capital
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
19h 30m
R9 668
Trip: 15 days
8,7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,7 Excellent
Based on 3 701 reviews
Overall
8,7
Boarding
8,8
Comfort
8,5
Crew
9,0
Entertainment
8,7
Food
8,4
SIN
DPS
Excellent 8,0

Pros: I like the crew members

Cons: Entertainment selection and food could be better

KUL
SIN
Good 7,0

Cons: Left 45 minutes late though we boarded on time. Pretty bad for a 50 minute in the middle of the morning.

BKK
SIN
Excellent 10,0

Cons: Nothing much

PER
SIN
Good 6,3

Pros: The crew was friendly

Cons: In this fairly new plane, the rows of seats are so close together, the leg room is minimal. When the tray is lowered, you feel completely squashed in the seat. The food trays are not picked up quickly after eating.

SFO
SIN
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Excellent crew and very well dressed and always smiling

Cons: The lights were switched off for a very long time. That can be avoided

Wed, Dec 11
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
38h 40m
Tue, Dec 17
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
22h 50m
R11 590
Trip: 7 days
8,3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,3 Excellent
Based on 14 665 reviews
Overall
8,3
Boarding
8,3
Comfort
8,2
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
8,6
Food
8,1
EWR
ATH
Excellent 9,0

Pros: Crew was amazing.

Cons: Seats were a little narrow and could use new cushions.

DXB
LHR
Good 6,0

Cons: Just because I have bought my ticket on points I was not given a chauffeur driver.

ATH
EWR
Okay 5,6

Cons: The luggage was mishandled when we got to EWR. Landed 9:15, got my luggage at 10:45

DXB
ADD
Good 7,6

Cons: The food

DXB
LAX
Okay 4,4

Pros: The seat was not comfortable and the food as well

Sun, Nov 24
CPT
Cape Town Intl
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
19h 05m
Tue, Dec 3
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
CPT
Cape Town Intl
20h 35m
R9 447
Trip: 10 days
7,0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,0 Good
Based on 2 193 reviews
Boarding
7,0
Comfort
7,2
Crew
7,6
Entertainment
6,7
Food
6,6
ADD
ABV
Good 6,3

Pros: Nice aircraft and comfortable seating in economy with a good selection of music and movies on the seat back entertainment. Business class was mostly empty and looked very nice and roomy. They should upgrade their frequent flyers the way other airlines do to fill those empty seats and generate the good PR that results. The food was good in my opinion, and the Ethiopian coffee is great. Affordably priced tickets was the selling point for choosing them. They are a young airline and while they go through the motions of being a modern service-oriented airline, but alas for the most part they aren't there yet.

Cons: We've flown a few Ethiopian Air flights now and while the flight attendants are nice, they aren't always on top of things and paying attention to the needs of the passengers. Not as helpful or attentive as we're used to. Boarding is chaotic and the overnight transfer at Addis Ababa is a total mess. If you get to leave through the airport in the early morning things are relatively painless, but what a nightmare of pushing and shoving chaos when it's busy. The hotels they put you up in are mediocre at best. Last week we enjoyed a long wait for the bus ride to the hotel, cold food when we arrived, and a nice hard bed to "sleep" in. We probably won't fly Ethiopian Air if we have to overnight in Addis Ababa again. I'm willing to pay up to fly another airline and skip the overnight as it's just not worth the hassle.

ORD
ADD
Okay 4,3

Cons: Customer service need more improvement they should know how to handle things . Just be courteous is. More than enough

GRU
EZE
Okay 4,0

Pros: Land crew attention was polite and nice

Cons: Restrooms on board was dirty, no toilette paper nor tissues. One fight attendant was particularly impolite, hitting and pushing instead of asking

LHR
ADD
Okay 5,6

Cons: Poorly organised meal service

CPT
ADD
Okay 5,3

Pros: They an amazing crew

Cons: They need to improve on the flight check-in and boarding at thier airport in Bole, it is so messy. Also thier inflight menu is nothing special

Sun, Oct 20
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
PEK
Beijing Capital
18h 00m
Wed, Oct 23
PEK
Beijing Capital
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
20h 30m
R9 550
Trip: 4 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
HKG
EWR
Okay 5,3

Pros: food was good

Cons: I don't like cameras spying on us. More leg room.

YVR
HKG
Good 6,0

Pros: Food and entertainment was great

Cons: Dirty bathrooms, cramped seats, and still can't believe they still load the front of the plane first... takes forever

EWR
HKG
Good 7,0

Cons: Boarding had two long lines for economy. Not clear what the system was. Could have been a bit more organized

BKK
HKG
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: Be on time. 3 hours delay

SGN
HKG
Mediocre 3,2

Cons: From the check in, to the food and cabin experience is worsened by far. Check in - no check in line for premium passengers.( really bad experience) Cabin crews could not separate passengers from other cabin consisting using lavatory there fore passengers constantly walk back and forward. (It’s really unpleasant) It’s. Not worth the money to paid for the experience and services.

Sun, Nov 24
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
19h 05m
Tue, Dec 3
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
20h 35m
R9 447
Trip: 10 days
7,0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,0 Good
Based on 2 193 reviews
Boarding
7,0
Comfort
7,2
Crew
7,6
Entertainment
6,7
Food
6,6
ORD
ADD
Okay 4,3

Cons: Customer service need more improvement they should know how to handle things . Just be courteous is. More than enough

LLW
ADD
Good 6,0

Pros: Fine flight with good meals.

Cons: TV was broken, had phone so it was okay, the frustrating but was the call button. I rarely hit it, did this time for an arrivals card, the guy beside me messed his up and used mine while I was sleeping. No problem, until I hit the button. No one came for more than an hour, I even made eye contact.

CAI
ADD
Okay 5,6

Cons: Stop using old planes with no personal entertainment systems on the back of the seats.

HAH
ADD
Excellent 9,0

Pros: I liked the fligth attendant

WDH
ADD
Good 7,6

Pros: Crew was helpful, everythinf fine

Cons: The food was not so good. Bit cold..

Mon, Jan 20
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
18h 20m
Mon, Jan 27
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
21h 50m
R9 860
Trip: 8 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
JFK
HKG
Excellent 8,0

Cons: It was my first time frying with Cathay Pacific the flight was okay, food wasn't that good. I don't want to compare with the other, my opinion should have more variety or snack between meals since 15 hours flight. Thank you for listening!

AMS
HKG
Good 6,6

Cons: One of the lady flight attendant in the economy class seemed to be not in a good mood and was quite rude.

JFK
YVR
Excellent 8,3

Pros: the crew was professional and efficient on board the plane.

Cons: seat space was tight. it was hard to get comfortable

HKG
CDG
Excellent 10,0

Cons: Love it

HKG
SIN
Excellent 8,0

Pros: CX759 - Attitude of the flight attendants is very good, it's worthy of appreciation.

Cons: CX650 - I hope that the flight attendant can have a little more smile and patience. Thank you.

Wed, Dec 11
CPT
Cape Town Intl
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
38h 40m
Tue, Dec 17
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
CPT
Cape Town Intl
22h 50m
R11 590
Trip: 7 days
8,3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,3 Excellent
Based on 14 665 reviews
Overall
8,3
Boarding
8,3
Comfort
8,2
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
8,6
Food
8,1
ORD
DXB
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Mechanical problems delayed the flight 1 1/2 hours. Other than that, the flight was good.

DXB
SFO
Mediocre 2,6

Pros: Nothing to say

Cons: See the comments for — the flight from Kochi to Dubai In reality — much worst

HYD
DXB
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Cabin Air Pressure is amazing

DXB
KWI
Excellent 10,0

Cons: My judgement will be unfair cause I love Emirates airlines

DXB
SEA
Excellent 8,6

Pros: Amazing crew!! Lots of entertainment options. Food decent. Better than on trip from Seattle to Dubai. Check in Bathrooms kept clean on long flight We were encouraged to walk around

Cons: Boarding cumbersome We left Dubai late and arrived Seattle late. It was a little g flight already and the extra seat time of the delay was difficult.

Mon, Jan 20
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
18h 20m
Mon, Jan 27
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
21h 50m
R9 860
Trip: 8 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
MNL
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The flight was good

Cons: Everything was great

HKG
SEA
Okay 4,6

Cons: This airline will cancel your flight and blame it on customs in the US - the truth is the flight was undersold and they did not want to travel with so few passengers.

HKG
KIX
Good 7,3

Cons: There is only a food box which contains a small sandwich, a small cake and a small cup of fruit pieces with a drink of 250ml ice tea for this three hour flight. I would think this kind of catering is not good enough.

JFK
YVR
Good 7,3

Pros: Been flying CX for years and for some reasons this time all the staff members were excellent. From ground to air crew everyone was well informed, nice and helpful. Another surprise was the vegan meal I ordered. Airplane food in general is disgusting, but this time the vegan meal was delicious.

Cons: Flying out from JFK is a nightmare, we had to wait for 40 mins on the runway. Not sure if airlines can actually improve that?

TPE
ICN
Good 6,0

Cons: Delayed too much except that, everything was good

Mon, Feb 3
CPT
Cape Town Intl
PEK
Beijing Capital
23h 05m
Mon, Feb 17
PEK
Beijing Capital
CPT
Cape Town Intl
24h 35m
R10 230
Trip: 15 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
DEL
HKG
Mediocre 2,6

Cons: On board crew provided poor services and lacked proper training. Overall, the crew were hostile toward passengers and did not provide proper services of cleaning the trays or providing adequate beverages during flight

YVR
HKG
Good 7,3

Pros: Entertainment system is nice with recent movies and many other selections.

Cons: I found my pillowcase has a long human hair. And noticed the same in the other pillows around my seat. Also, the tray table has a few spots of food stain. One of the toilets, the hinge of the toilet seat is broken

HKG
EWR
Okay 5,3

Pros: food was good

Cons: I don't like cameras spying on us. More leg room.

JFK
YVR
Excellent 10,0

Cons: Shopping items available.

HKG
LAX
Mediocre 2,3

Pros: None

Cons: All services throughout the process need to be improved from the ground to on board

Thu, Oct 24
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
26h 55m
Fri, Nov 1
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
15h 05m
R10 511
Trip: 9 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
MNL
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The flight was good

Cons: Everything was great

HND
HKG
Okay 5,3

Pros: Crew are friendly

Cons: Flight was late, seat tray was dirty, and entertainment system hard to use.

SGN
HKG
Excellent 8,0

Pros: The seat is good

Cons: The price low a little more is better

DEL
HKG
Mediocre 2,6

Cons: On board crew provided poor services and lacked proper training. Overall, the crew were hostile toward passengers and did not provide proper services of cleaning the trays or providing adequate beverages during flight

JFK
YVR
Good 7,3

Pros: Been flying CX for years and for some reasons this time all the staff members were excellent. From ground to air crew everyone was well informed, nice and helpful. Another surprise was the vegan meal I ordered. Airplane food in general is disgusting, but this time the vegan meal was delicious.

Cons: Flying out from JFK is a nightmare, we had to wait for 40 mins on the runway. Not sure if airlines can actually improve that?

Thu, Oct 24
CPT
Cape Town Intl
PEK
Beijing Capital
28h 35m
Tue, Oct 29
PEK
Beijing Capital
CPT
Cape Town Intl
26h 25m
R11 487
Trip: 6 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
TPE
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: When do you need help they always happy Helping

Cons: The best

HKG
SEA
Okay 4,6

Cons: This airline will cancel your flight and blame it on customs in the US - the truth is the flight was undersold and they did not want to travel with so few passengers.

IAD
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Cons: The best

EWR
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The entertainment system has huge offerings.

Cons: The food could be better.

KIX
HKG
Excellent 8,0

Pros: The whole service went smoothly without rushing.

Cons: The original flight I listed for was canceled without any notification until I arrived at the checkin desk.

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