Review of China Southern flight Harbin Shanghai in Economy

Airline China Southern
Flight CZ6257
Class Economy
Seat 40K
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:34
Take-off 21 Jul 18, 07:48
Arrival at 21 Jul 18, 10:22
CZ   #38 out of 129 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 116 reviews
Published on 7th December 2018

48 hours in shanghai


  • Harbin(HRB) - Shanghai Pudong(PVG) China Southern A320 You are here
  • Shanghai Pudong(PVG) - Harbin(HRB) China Eastern A321 Coming soon

photo img_2145

Routing for this trip

photo img_2147

At Harbin (HRB) parking is available for 50 yuan a day which is about $8

photo img_2148

Somewhat chaotic check-in took roughly about 30 minutes.

photo img_2150

Arrived at gate after 15 minutes
Wait? Where is my ride, which is an Airbus A320? What is this A321 doing here?

photo img_2153

Boarding…I have no clue where we're going tho…

photo img_2154

Walking down a jet bridge that's not even attached to the aircraft.

photo img_2155

Remote Apron!!!
CZ gives these "confirmation cards" so that people don't get on the wrong flight.

photo img_2156

"redycle"… I think China Southern had just created a new word!

photo img_2157

Miserable for everybody else to be trapped in this metal box without AC for 10 minutes in July…
But fun for me!!! I love getting free ramp sightseeing tours.  

photo img_2158

They couldn't wait to get on the plane.

photo img_8151

China Southern is definitely the dominant carrier here at Harbin (HRB)

photo img_8157

XIAMEN AIR Boeing B737-800

photo img_2160

Flying B-6680, an 8 years old Airbus A320

photo img_8171

IAE V2500

photo img_2163

Seating at the emergency exit row today. Unlimited Legroom for my 5'6" frame.

photo img_2164

No Photos Allowed? I couldn't care less…

photo img_2161

Group Photo.
China Southern has a lot of emotional value to me. Growing up in Harbin, I've flown their Airbus A320 numerous times. 

photo img_2162

Another CZ A320 B-6766 is going to Yantai (YNT) today.

photo img_2181-87

Seatback content

photo img_2182-59

Interesting illustration of Airbus B737

photo img_2165

Lining up RWY 23

photo img_2169

Window seat

photo img_2168

Great view!

photo img_2186

Emergency Instructions

photo img_2183

Meal service had begun. I had reserved the fruit platter option online, I couldn't sleep last night with so much excitement about airplane meal. LOL 

photo img_2170

I thought that was a bag full of trash, and I was confused when the FA handed me trash… Usually it goes the other way…
After 10 seconds of awkward eye contact between the FA and me, as it turns out that it is my breakfast!!!
Nice job on economy meal presentation China Southern, what a beautiful plastic bag!!!
Seriously this is a little sad even for economy. 

photo img_2172

Breakfast—Pathetic fruit platter option
1 piece of orange
1 piece of kiwi
2 grapes
2 blocks of dragon fruit
3 slices of cantaloupe
I finished my breakfast even before my neighbor started his… 
Completely disappointed… 

photo img_2185

View is pretty good tho

photo img_2177

Cabin shot 
There are no entertainment except for these tiny overhead Tvs 

photo img_2180

Legroom situation at regular economy seats

photo img_2173

I asked for a regular meal

photo img_2176

Regular Breakfast
3 smaller slices of cantaloupe
Steamed bun
Sweet potato
Chinese yogurt
     Use the STRAW people!!!

photo img_2188

3 hours did go by fast without any kind of entertainment…

photo img_2187photo img_2192

Pretty windy today. Wind is at 24 kts

photo img_2196


photo img_2203

Disembarked via jetbridge.
Why are HSBC ads everywhere? They always remind me of my house mortgage. 

photo img_2204

Hainan Airbus A330-300 "Hai Manchester" sticker. Get the pun? Hai stands for Hainan instead of Hi

photo img_2205


photo img_2206

UA 787-9 Dreamliner. Probably going to LAX

photo img_2207

The End

See more


China Southern

Cabin crew8.0

Harbin - HRB


Shanghai - PVG



Overall, I had a pleasant flight on China Southern. The lack of entertainment seems to be a norm flying domestic in China. The fruit platter was definitely underwhelming, but I wouldn't expect much. Remember the time when British Airways served a granola bar to trans-atlantic premium economy passengers? I will fly with China Southern again if their schedule works for me.

Information on the route Harbin (HRB) Shanghai (PVG)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Harbin (HRB) → Shanghai (PVG).


The airline with the best average rating is China Southern with 7.5/10.

The average flight time is 8 hours and 24 minutes.

  More information


  • Comment 479181 by
    ThomasDutch SILVER 289 Comments

    I would definitely be surprised too when a dish is handed over to you in a plastic bag. Most likely the flight attendants were lazy or simply did not bother to unpack it. A very sloppy thing for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment 479837 by
    Shisdu SILVER 651 Comments

    Hai Harry! (Get the pun?) LOL

    I loved your report. So many experiences in a single flight!

    Boarding…I have no clue where we're going tho…

    Luckily you ended up in the correct flight. My worst nightmare would be getting lost in an airport in China, without knowing a single word in Chinese!

    Walking down a jet bridge that's not even attached to the aircraft.

    Er... I strongly recommend you check there is something attached at the end of jetbridges before you reach the far end, unless you're planning to catch your flight like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vPE6KJs4Sc

    CZ gives these "confirmation cards" so that people don't get on the wrong flight.

    I feel reassured. So I am not the only one who could get lost in China!!

    "redycle"… I think China Southern had just created a new word!

    Nice try from the part of the airline, but it sounds a bit "redyculous"!! XDD

    But fun for me!!! I love getting free ramp sightseeing tours.

    That's the spirit of a flight reporter! We can endure the worst conditions!!

    No Photos Allowed? I couldn't care less…

    I wouldn't care, either!! But, why the red arrow pointing down? "No photos under the seat?" LOL

    I thought that was a bag full of trash

    That's the most unpresentable presentation I have ever seen! Well, it was your pre-ordered meal, and the bag was probably showing that this meal was "special"? Or was it just laziness from the part of the FA?

    Cabin shot

    Looks much like a bus! Just wider! :D

    There are no entertainment except for these tiny overhead Tvs

    Next time bring your binoculars with you!! XD

    I asked for a regular meal

    Looks small, but delicious. I love corn!

    Thank you very much for sharing. It was a very entertaining report! :D

Login to post a comment.