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Three great reasons to spring into China

March 9, 2016 Airfare Deals No Comments Email Email

Swap Australia’s autumn for fresh spring, as Cathay Pacific releases extra special fares to China in time for some of the best months to visit this diverse, culturally rich country. Fares start from just $734 return* if booked before 31 March 2016, for departures before 30 June 2016 (excluding travel between 23 March to 08 April 2016).

Spring and early summer is widely regarded as some of the best months to travel to China. More than just the fair, here are three good reasons to visit China in Spring:

Attend the annual Water Splashing Festival – Falling on the New Year celebrations of the Dai Dai ethnic people of Xishuangbanna, this three day festivities involves lots of merrymaking where everyone invariably ends up wet. The festival opens with a grand celebration, a dragon boat race is held on the Lancang River and at night locals float colourful lanterns on the river. The third day, the climax of the festival, is where people flock to the streets with pots, pans – any container really – in a splash-fest much like a snowball free-for-all. This fun festival is also said to bring good luck and prosperity. The festival takes place from April 12 to 14 at the Lancang River, Xishuangbanna and travellers can get there via a short flight from Kunming. Cathay Pacific has daily flights from its Hong Kong hub to Kunming.

See Peonies in full bloom at the Luoyang Peony Festival – Each year from mid-April to mid-May, peonies are in full bloom. The annual festival is on during the peak of the season – April 15th to 25th. Flower lovers can visit the various shows for a small fee – such as the Luoyang National Peony Garden or the China National Flower Garden – or head to Luopu Park, the biggest park in Luoyang City, where they can see about 20,000 peony trees (50 different varieties) for free.  Luoyang City is only 1 hour by train from Zhengzhou City and a four-hour train ride from Beijing. From Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has daily flights to Zhengzhou and 12 daily flights to Beijing.

Celebrate Asia’s Oldest Valentine’s Day – The Sisters’ Meals Festival is celebrated by the Miao ethnic people in southwestern China’s Guizhou province. Miao girls prepare their “sisters’ rice” – dyed blue, pink, yellow, and white to represent spring, summer, autumn and winter respectively. During the festival, young men sing to their love interest, and the young women respond by giving them the sisters’ rice wrapped in handkerchiefs and symbols. A pair of red chopsticks means “I love you too”; one chopstick means, “no, thank you”; a garlic or red chili indicates a flat refusal; and pine needles indicate that the boy should present silks and colorful threads and that she will wait for him. There are also many other activities, including bullfighting, horse racing, traditional Miao performances and music. The festival takes place from April 21-23 in Kaili, in the Guizhou province. You can get there via train from two of Cathay Pacific’s destinations, Kunming or Shanghai.


Cathay Pacific’s special Chinese fares are available to 20 destinations in China and include flights to Beijing from just $734 return* and Shanghai from just $734 return* in Economy Class. Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy Class with return fares to Xiamen start from just $$1,351return* and Fuzhou from just $1,334 return*. The special fares are for travel departures not later than 30 June 2016 (excluding travel between 23 March to 08 April, 2016), and are on sale from now until 11.59pm (AEDT), 31 March 2016. Further terms and conditions apply.

Selected destinations are listed below, but please visit for full details:

From To Sale Fare From* Sale Period Departures
Economy Class 7 – 31 March  

Until 30 June 2016

(some blackout dates will apply)

Sydney Beijing $751*
Melbourne Shanghai $734*
Perth Fuzhou $779*
Brisbane Qingdao $803*
Cairns Nanjing $797*
Premium Economy Class
Sydney Beijing $1,651*
Melbourne Shanghai $1,634*
Sydney Xiamen $1,351*
Melbourne Fuzhou $1,334*
Business Class
Sydney Beijing $4,651*
Melbourne Shanghai $4,634*
Perth Beijing $4,629*
Sydney Fuzhou $4,651*
Melbourne Nanjing $4,634*

*Offer to China is for return travel. Fares are per person and differ according to the origin city, departure date and destination. Offer on sale from now until 11.59pm (AEDT) 31 March 2016, subject to availability. Fares are for return travel for departures before 30 June 2016, excluding travel between 23 March to 08 April, 2016. Fares are available in Economy Class, Premium Economy Class and Business Class for select destinations, not all city combinations are available on this promotion. Departures from Adelaide are not available on this promotion. Fares quoted are based on the lowest airfare in low season, booked in ‘S’ class (Economy Class), in ‘E’ class (Premium Economy Class) or ‘I’ class (Business Class). Fares are subject to availability and are offered on a first come, first served basis. The price shown may not be available for all flights on the same date, for all days of the week, or all dates within a particular season. Taxes and surcharges correct as at 3 March 2016 but subject to currency fluctuation. Surcharges are subject to change. Flights to China and Asia are via Hong Kong and include codeshare services with Cathay Pacific’s sister airline Dragonair. Seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel. Additional levies, government charges and other applicable fees may apply and are beyond our control. Additional taxes specific to your flight routing may apply. For full offer details, terms and conditions visit

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