B2443 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 691 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6756 times:
CX, KA, CA and CZ serve non-stop HKG/PEK. I think my preference goes in that order too. The prices should all be similar (around US$400) according to expedia. I am not sure you are saving a whole lot by going to PEK via HKG, considering the HKG-PEK leg and possible overnight hotel/transfer and most of all added travel time.
AADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1958 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6699 times:
You should consider taking the train, if you have enough time. China and India are some of the last places in the world where long distance train service makes sense. There is the Kowloon-Canton railroad to Guangzhou, which is a couple of hours. From Guangzhou there are express trains to Beijing where you should be able to get a first class sleeper car for half the cost of the air ticket. It takes nearly 24 hours however.
It is a little difficult to navigate for non-Chinese unfortunately. However, you can see the countryside at ground level, while sipping your tea. There is also a dining car and you can get out at stops and buy food and trinkets from station vendors.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6079 posts, RR: 40 Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6615 times:
Quoting UpperDeck79 (Reply 5): Exactly. My company flew me PEK-SZX-PEK to get to Hong Kong because it was half the price. But then again it was in 1999 so things might have changed...
Nope, not too much. Prices to/from HKG to China will always be more expensive, as it's treated as International. So going to CAN or SZX isn't a bad choice although you could have more of a language barrier problem.. But you get that everywhere so yeah..
CX have really weird times to PEK which wouldn't suit. CZ - If you are a OneWorld person will suit just fine as it has the same perks as CX although it's not run by CX. It's only 3 hours so it shouldn't be too bad, regardless what airline you choose. CA send planes from the 738 to the 772.