Air China operates twice-weekly direct service from New York, and Los Angeles, and three times weekly from San Francisco to Shanghai and Beijing. China Eastern Airlines operates daily service to Shanghai and Beijing from Los Angeles, and twice-weekly service from San Francisco. China Southern operates service between Los Angeles and Guangzhou three times a week. Northwest Airlines operates daily service between Detroit and Beijing, and United Airlines offers frequent flights to Hong Kong from Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Other international carriers connect the US with China, operating primarily through Hong Kong (plus an additional stop at their gateway). Or, if you are traveling from another Asian destination, many of these international carriers have convenient connections via Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, Manila, Rangoon, Sydney, Melbourne, and Moscow, plus dozens of other points from Europe and the Middle East. Check with your travel agent when planning your trip, since airlines tailor their service to meet seasonal demands.
Travelers from Hong Kong may reach Guangzhou (Canton) by first-class rail service in less than two hours. The Trans-Siberian Railway connects China to Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea, and Vietnam, as well as Eastern and Western Europe (about a 6-day trip).
For visitors who wish to travel by sea, there are cruise lines operating seasonal 1st class service that enter China via ports of Hong Kong or Shanghai from other Asian port cities. Check with your travel agent for schedules and itineraries.