Looking for some clarification on transiting through Shanghai Pudong Airport. There seems to be a lot of 'horror stories' and conflicting information across the web, so I'm hoping this forum can help clarify things. Surely it can't be as bad as some people claim?
I'm looking to book reward flights from MEL to KIX (and return) via China Eastern (MU) business class. There would be a stop in PVG for change of planes both ways. All flights MU coded, all on the one booking.
- Will baggage get checked all the way through to KIX? I've read scenarios where the baggage tags may have the final destination, but still have to be collected in PVG.
- If staying airside at the airport, how many security screenings would be expected? I've read this can happen multiple times, but I'm guessing this may be people needing to clear customs/immigration to collect baggage?
- Worse case scenario (e.g. connecting flight in a different terminal), what is an appropriate amount of time to transit between flights at PVG?
From looking at the Shanghai Airport web site, it seems once landing in PVG you go to zone Q to confirm onward boarding pass, then zone R for immigration / security checks and then you're back airside to the departure gate? Seems pretty straightforward?
Thank you :)