• How to visit China for up to six days without a visa

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Australian citizens normally need a pre-arranged visa to enter China, but the country’s Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows foreigners to enter the country for up ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • Hong Kong, Macau and China now linked by world's longest sea bridge

    Another step in China’s project to bring Hong Kong into its bosom is complete, with the opening of a $21.2 billion, 55km bridge linking the former European outposts of Hong Kong and Macau with the mainland city of Zhuhai. Both the world’s longest sea bridge and tunne...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 7 Comments

  • How to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou via high-speed rail

    The new High Speed Rail line between Hong Kong and mainland China (sometimes also known as the Express Rail Link) connects the bustling metropolis to China's sprawling 25,000km network of high-speed rail lines. One of the most attractive destinations for business travellers from Hong Kong will...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • High speed rail from Hong Kong to China to tempt business travellers

    China's sprawling bullet train network will extend to Hong Kong on September 23, providing a direct connection to 44 mainland destinations. With the addition of services from Guangzhou and Shenzhen – the major cities closest to Hong Kong – what’s now a daylong train trip to Bei...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 27 Comments

  • Why Cathay Pacific offers the best connections into China

    Many travellers already think of Cathay Pacific first when it comes to flights to Hong Kong, Europe and even the USA. But don’t overlook the fact that China is right on Cathay Pacific’s doorstep. In fact, with Cathay Pacific and its regional arm Cathay Dragon flying to over 20 cities...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • How to get a Shenzhen visa on arrival when visiting from Hong Kong

    If you're making a quick side-trip from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, you'll need a visa to cross over the border at China – but this doesn't have to be a Chinese visa, as the country also issues special Shenzhen visas which are available on arrival at the border checkpoint. These single-entry vi...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2018 27 Comments

  • Virgin Australia aims for second Asian route by end of 2018

    Virgin Australia hopes to begin Airbus A330 flights on its second Asian route – most likely Hong Kong or on the Chinese mainland – by this time next year. "We've got the aircraft, we're just missing the (airport) slots and we're working on that," Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti s...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2017 27 Comments

  • XiamenAir launches flights from Melbourne to Hangzhou, China

    SkyTeam alliance member XiamenAir will link Melbourne with Hangzhou, China from December as the airline plans twice-weekly Boeing 787 flights. Offering both first class and business class ahead of economy, first class passengers aboard the Dreamliner will find a cosy cabin of just four seats spr...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • China Eastern plans first class, Boeing 777 for Sydney, Melbourne

    Qantas partner China Eastern will once again bring its flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai this summer, complete with the airline's latest-generation business class seats and a first class cabin as well, not normally seen on the airline’s Au...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 18 Comments

  • China's VPN clamp-down set to hit business travellers

    China to plug major hole in Its 'Great Web Firewall' State-run telcos to block VPNs from Feb 2018 GreenVPN and SuperVPN apps already disabled Getting around the Great Firewall, the system used by China to control internet access, is set to get much harder. China's government has told tele...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Star Alliance signs up Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

    Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines has become the newest member of Star Alliance, with the Chinese airline now listed as the group's first 'Connecting Partner'. Rather than the full Star Alliance membership enjoyed by countrymates Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, alongside regional heavy-hitt...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to fly Melbourne-Hong Kong from July

    Virgin Australia will begin direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong on July 5, going up against incumbents Qantas and Cathay Pacific as the challenger spreads its international wings. The flights will run five days a week – on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday &ndash...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 46 Comments

  • Boom in Australia-China flights to follow 'open skies' agreement

    A surge in flights between Australia and China – including the opening up of new routes – is expected to follow an agreement by the two countries to remove all capacity restrictions, which have previously capped the number of flights to major cities. The 'open skies' pact, signed by ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2016 11 Comments

  • First glimpse: new SkyTeam alliance lounge in Beijing

    Passengers departing Beijing’s Capital Airport on SkyTeam international flights can soon relax in a new SkyTeam-branded lounge, set to open in the coming weeks. A significant notch above what you’d normally expect to find in a Chinese airport, the facility offers seating for up to ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Your Uber app no longer works in China: here's why

    Uber in China is now closed to foreign visitors, with business travellers and tourists alike unable to order rides in any Chinese city, including major destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. When selecting a Chinese pick-up address in the normal Uber app, foreigners are simply logged off &nd...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Qantas opens lounges to frequent flyers on China Eastern

    Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can now relax in Qantas’ international airport lounges in Australia prior to China Eastern flights to Mainland China. For Platinum and Platinum One members, this means access to the renowned Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • Expert tips for attending China's Canton Fair trade expo

    The twice-yearly Canton Fair is a goldmine for buyers seeking Chinese suppliers and products for import and sale in Australia, but the sheer size and scope of the Guangzhou mega-expo can also make it an overwhelming experience. The forthcoming Autumn 2016 Canton Fair, for example, is divided int...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • China Eastern plans Sydney-Hangzhou-Beijing flights for November

    Qantas partner China Eastern will begin non-stop flights between Sydney and Hangzhou, China from November 16, with the route also continuing onwards to Beijing. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the airline will offer three flights per week in each direction with both business class and economy...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Air China launches Sydney-Chengdu flights, Melbourne-Shenzhen to follow

    Air China is set to significantly expand its presence in Australian skies with the launch of direct flights to Shenzhen and Chengdu later this year. A new Sydney-Chengdu route starting November 12, 2016 will complement the airline’s existing Australian flights to Beijing and Shan...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 18 Comments

  • Luxury Conrad Xiamen hotel opens in China

    Conrad Hotels and Resorts continues to expand in Greater China with the opening of the Conrad Xiamen hotel: the brand’s first hotel in Fujian province and found on the south-western coast of Xiamen Island. Occupying floors 37 through 54 of the Shimao Straits Tower, the building adopts a sa...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Mobile phone use may soon be allowed on Chinese flights

    IN BRIEF | Using your mobile phone aboard flights with Chinese airlines is currently banned, but the Chinese government could soon relax those restrictions as inflight Internet grows ever more popular in the region. Passengers could begin using their phone mid-flight by the end of the year or in...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Jetstar Australia eyes more non-stop flights to China

    Jetstar intends to open up new direct routes between Australia and China as Qantas' low-cost arm expands its international network. But rather than the mega-hubs of Shanghai and Beijing, Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka reveals that the airline is circling “major regional cities in China&r...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 11 Comments

  • Hyatt Regency Xi'an hotel in China welcomes its first guests

    Hyatt continues to expand in China with the opening of the Hyatt Regency Xi’an hotel in the Shaanxi provincial capital, with a modern design that gives nods to tradition in one of China’s oldest cities. Inspired primarily by China’s Tang Dynasty, guests will appreciate a sprawl...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Flying to secondary cities in China: your non-stop options explained

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are all major destinations for Australian business travellers, yet there’s growing demand for journeys further afield with eight airlines now flying or soon to fly directly between our shores and 11 other cities across mainland China. Among them, Chengdu, Sh...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 14 Comments

  • China Southern Airlines to launch Adelaide-Guangzhou flights

    SkyTeam alliance member China Southern will kick off flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou before the year’s end, marking the city’s first regular flights to mainland China. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, travellers won’t just have the usual options of business class and e...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2016 20 Comments

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