Baggage Allowance for Chinese Domestic Flights

Can you give a specific definition of checked baggage and hand luggage/carry-on?

Answer: Checked baggage refers to the luggage given to the carrier for transport and picked up at the final destination. Hand luggage, or carry-on luggage, refers to the smaller bags and personal items you are permitted to bring onto the plane and keep in the cabin with you on the flight.

What is the difference between infant, children and adult ticket?

Answer: Babies less than 2 years old should buy an infant ticket. Children aged 2 -12 years old should buy a child ticket. Everyone else should buy an adult ticket.

What are the specific requirements for hand luggage ?

Answer: Each hand luggage must not exceed 20×40×55 centimeters (8×16×22 inches) and should be less than five kilograms (about 11 pounds) in total. Any items that exceed these criteria are treated as checked luggage. First class passengers who hold adult or child tickets are permitted to carry on two pieces of hand baggage. Business or economy class passengers, only one piece of hand baggage is allowed.

What is the standard for a checked luggage?

Answer: Each piece of checked luggage should not exceed 50 kilograms in weight (110 pounds) and 40×60×100 centimeters (16×24 ×39 inches) in size.

Can an infant ticket holder have free checked luggage?

Answer: No, only passengers who hold an adult or children ticket are allowed to take a certain amount of checked luggage for free.

What are the limitations for free checked luggage?

Answer: The limitations are as follows:

Cabin Class

Maximum Total Weight

Maximum number of items

First Class (F)

40 kilograms (88 pounds)

Two pieces

Business Class (C)

30 kilograms (66 pounds)

One piece

Economy Class (Y)

20 kilograms (44 pounds)

One piece

What if my baggage allowance exceeds the free checked baggage limitation?

Answer: The excess amount will incur an additional charge reckoned by distance and weight: Generally, 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 1.5% of a full economy-class airfare (one way, adult ticket).

Can I put money in my checked luggage?

Answer: No. Currency, important documents, fragile items and other valuables are not allowed in the checked luggage. In case of loss or damage, the carrier will compensate only for the common checked luggage liability, no coverage for valuables.

Can I take lithium battery as checked luggage

Answer: According to the latest news from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), lithium batteries that are usually used in notebook PCs, cell phones and digital cameras cannot be consigned as checked luggage. However, air passengers are allowed to take them in their hand luggage. At most two spare batteries are allowed to be carried as hand luggage and they should be well preserved to avoid short-circuit; but no lithium batteries can be consigned in the checked luggage.

Are liquid items allowed in hand luggage?

Answer: No. Passengers taking domestic flights are prohibited from carrying liquids in hand luggage; such items can be shipped subject to packing being consistent with the relevant civil aviation transport provisions.

Is there any limitation about the cosmetics?

Answer: Passengers may take small quantities of cosmetics, with a limit of one item of each type; each container shall be no more than 100 ml in volume. All cosmetics must be placed in a separate bag ready for inspection.

Passengers from outside China transferring to China domestic flights may carry unopened duty-free liquid items, in properly sealed transparent plastic bags; relative receipts must be produced.

I am a mother flying with an infant, am I allowed to bring milk for my baby in my carry-on?

Answer: No, but passengers with infants may apply for free liquid dairy products which are provided by the airlines when purchasing tickets.

I am a diabetic, can I take my medicines (liquid) on the plane?

Answer: Liquid medicines necessary for diabetic or other patients will be subject to safety inspection and will be kept by the flight crew.

I bought a cat in China. Can I take it with me when I am traveling in china, and do the airports permit to bring animals?

Answer: Yes. First you must make sure the animal you brought is home-raised and is a pet animal such as a cat or dog, etc. Then, you should tell the ticket agent when you book your tickets that you will be bringing your pet and you must offer the related health certificate about your pet to the airline.


The container for the pet must prevent it from escaping

The container must ventilate the air so the pet will not suffocate.

The container must prevent the fecal matter from spilling outside the container.


This information covers the general rules for baggage allowance. As there will be slight differences among different airlines, we highly recommended travelers consult your travel agent for detailed information about your airlines if you have any doubt. You can also check information from your airline website or call them for additional assistance.

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