People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country and the largest in East Asia (capital: Beijing).

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What are the conditions of applying for a 10-year Chinese visa?

According to Wikipedia, China currently has 10 year visa agreements with Canada, US, Israel and UK. What are the conditions of applying for such a visa? Do you have to travel to China a few times on ...
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In which regions do terrorists try to test whether you're Muslim? [on hold]

In some terrorist attacks, such as Dhaka, the perpetrators test whether or not you're Muslim and spare you if you are, while in other terrorist attacks, such as Nice or Omagh, the attackers kill ...
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How can one get a permit to drive the Chinese section of Karakoram Highway with a foreign truck?

To get from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan, one needs to drive through an 575 km section inside China, the one from "Irkeshtam Port, 309 Provincial Road, Ulugqat, Kizilsu, Xinjiang, China" to "Kunjirap Daban, ...
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Why are Chinese mountains scaled by steps? (instead of winding paths)

Question: Why are Chinese mountains mostly scaled by steps/stairs instead of winded paths? Is there something traditional / practical / religious / spiritual about it that I fail to see? When hiking ...
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Can I apply for business (or other) Visa just to travel for extended time?

For most countries, you can only enter a country without visa for a limited amount of time. In most cases this is 90 days (at least for citizens in developed countries) but sometimes it is only 30 ...
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How can I avoid the 60 RMB commission at Pudong Airport exchange?

I exchanged my JPY at Pudong Airport for RMB, but the exchange counter charged me an eye-whooping 60 RMB commission for one transaction. It is ridiculous on my standards, and it was not the case in ...
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What should I expect when traveling in China during their Mid-August holiday?

I am trying to organize a short trip in China, probably a few days in Beijing. I found cheap tickets but the dates include the Chinese Mid-August national holiday (lunar calendar August, so from 09/...
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Can I apply for UnionPay card while traveling for China?

I'm now in China and found that so many stores only accept UnionPay even if they insist on accepting credit cards. For example today I ate at a local snack in Shanghai, which I entered because I was ...
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Does Shanghai subway card expire after not using for a while?

I had my Shanghai subway card which I purchased with the deposit of 20 RMB and 80 balance. However, it is likely that I won't use it up before leaving the country. So I would like to use it for the ...
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Finding a Tibetan language teacher in Danba, Sichuan, China

Last year I learned of a town in Sichuan that has a name that Chinese people tell me sounds like my surname. The town is called "Danba" and is in Sichuan to the west of Chengdu. It turns out to be a ...
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Are six and twelve month multiple entry Chinese tourist visas currently being issued in Australia?

In the past couple of years I've tried to obtain multiple entry visas for China while on the road in Laos and Vietnam. I discovered that although they documented multiple entry visas on their web ...
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Can I use Shanghai subway card on other cities?

I purchased a purple Shanghai subway card with the deposit of RMB 20. Does this card work in other cities, such as Beijing or Tianjin?
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Visa: “Current occupation” while doing notice?

I've quit my job to go travel around for a long period of time. At the moment I'm still doing a few weeks of notice until I'm officially off the job. I will already apply for my Chinese visa, but ...
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Are unofficial sites outranking official websites in English a common problem in China?

When googling for baiyun airport, a website calling itself "Guangzhou Airport Online" was the first hit, whereas the English-language version of the official website was ranked fifth, after two pages ...
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Can I use Hong Kong dollars in Guangzhou?

I've read that you usually can't use Renminbi in Hong Kong. Is it possible to use Hong Kong dollars in Guangzhou (Canton)?
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How far I can go before I reach a tourist-nogo zone from Badaling, the great wall of China?

I plan to visit the great wall of China, starting from Badaling. As a test to my stamina, I plan to hike along the wall, for as long and as far as I can, until I can't go further because either it'...
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Uber/Didi to Badaling (八达岭) from Gulou (鼓楼) for sunrise?

I'm exploring the feasibility/cost of using Uber/Didi to get from downtown Beijing (near 鼓楼) to the Great Wall (I take it Badaling/八达岭 is the most effective approach) very early -- in time for sunrise,...
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Finding local train ticket agents/offices in China.

I am in China and want to buy a train ticket neither online nor at the station but from a travel agent that is able to issue such tickets. How do I find a travel agency that issues Chinese train ...
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My Chinese F visa application was rejected the first time due to an inappropriate/expired invitation letter. [closed]

My Chinese F visa application was rejected the first time due to an inappropriate/expired invitation letter. Now I applied again with a new and a better invitation letter on a company letterhead. What ...
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Chiang Saen to Jinghong by boat?

There used to be a semi-regular fast boat between Chiang Saen, in northern Thailand, and Jinghong, in southern China, traveling on the Mekong, for some nine months out of the year. Recent reliable ...
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Can I demand my passport back in the middle of an application for a Chinese Visa in the UK?

I am currently hoping to attend a summer school in Shanghai in China and am in the process of applying for a suitable visa. I intend to visit the service center in London this Friday and apply for the ...
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Are Australian citizens now or in the very near future about to get ten year visas for China?

So a year or so ago there was some announcement between China and USA to increase tourist visa validity to ten years. I thought this was related to some free trade agreement. Now I believe the ...
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Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad?

I have a very simple question. Hopefully it is appropriate for this site and not for a politics site. So here it goes: Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad? What is the reasoning behind ...
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Entering the UK with dual Danish/Chinese citizenship from China

My son has 2 passports, Danish and Chinese. My wife is Chinese and I'm Danish. We are currently living in Japan, but will be going to the UK later in the year. My wife and son will be going to China ...
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How to apply for a Chinese visa without knowing one's itinerary in advance?

I'm a dutch citizen and I want to travel to China for holiday and to visit the parents of my (Chinese) girlfriend. We will travel there together from end of august till begin of september (2,5 weeks ...
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Where in Japan is this statue?

Where in Japan is this statue? I couldn't locate it via Google or TinEye: Also, is the Arabic text in the article an accurate translation of those Japanese characters? Japanese wisdom - Zarif ...
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Should an American traveling to China book flights and accommodation before getting a visa?

I've traveled back and forth between the US and China myself several times, and every time I would always make sure my plane tickets and hotel reservations were finalized before sending in my visa ...
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Will my American Xbox work in China?

I am going to China. I plan on taking my regular Xbox. I am buying this travel adapter from BestBuy: Insignia™ - All-In-One Travel Adapter/Converter (Black). The adapter is compatible with 1875W and ...
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Australian getting a China visa in Kuala Lumpur

I'm planning to go from Kuala Lumpur to China. Is it easy for an Australian to get a Chinese visa in Kuala Lumpur ? What documents do I need ? How long does it take ? And how long can I get a visa for?...
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Do I need a visa for a connecting international flight in Guangzhou, China? [duplicate]

I am a US citizen and I will be flying New York → Guangzhou → Seoul. The only thing I plan to do in Guangzhou is get off one plane and get on to another. Will I need a visa for this?
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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

Situation: Me and my co-traveler will arrive at Beijing Capital Airport on 11:55 on May 2, 2016 and plan to take a taxi to Beijing South Railway Station and a high speed train to Tianjin. (This seems ...
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I have booked a flight from the USA to China and am a dual national. How do I avoid China getting to know this? [closed]

I have two passports, both US and China. I want to visit China with my Chinese passport for its convenience. Therefore, when I book my round-trip ticket to China, I have to enter my Chinese passport ...
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Where can I buy double-edged razor blades, while traveling in China?

I use a razor that takes with a double-edge blade to shave, as I find cartridge razors to be expensive, irritating and easy to clog, and I am too lazy to take care of a straight razor properly! I ...
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Can I stay in China longer than a year using one year visa?

I have a visa to China - multiple entry, duration of each stay 90 days, issue date May 11, 2015, enter before May 11, 2016. On many websites I saw a description of this type of visa that I can live in ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

Is Inner Mongolia significantly safer compared to Mongolia itself with regards to crime? I'm wondering whether to go to Inner Mongolia instead of Mongolia for safety reasons. I don't use any fancy ...
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Do I need a hotel booking to get my 72 hour free visa in China?

I've had some conflicting information. I can't find anywhere on the internet that says those who are able to have a free 72 hour transit visa to China, need to prove they have somewhere to stay, ...
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Can I use a Chinese business visa (M) for tourism?

I have a valid multiple entry 60 day Chinese business visa that I use to travel for work. I am planing a trip to China that is only for vacation, can I use my business visa or do I need a tourist (L) ...
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What airport should I choose when flying into Shanghai

I am planning a trip to Shanghai and noticed there are two airports: Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport. Which one should I choose to fly to? The criteria I was thinking ...
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what is Mainland China [closed]

Please let me know what does it mean by Mainland China. Is it excluding Hongkong and Macau.What are the cities/ towns comprising Mainland China.
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China visa 3rd country rule [duplicate]

I will be traveling to Korea in a few months with a layover in Shanghai. Looking over the visa requirements for US citizens in Wikipedia, it says I do not need a visa if I am traveling to a third ...
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How dangerous is the Jiankou section of The Great Wall of China?

I'll be visiting Beijing in March and I've been reading about the various sections of the Great Wall that are near by. I'm always interested in places that are off the beaten path and it seems many ...
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China intercity travel by taxi or minivan

I'm planning to take an elderly couple from Shanghai to Nantong. I'm looking for a more comfortable alternative than the intercity busses. Are there any companies who offer intercity taxi's or minivan ...
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Visa for travel to China

I am going to China with my wife in May. We live in the UK, but I would like to know if I can send our passports to some different country to get a China tourist visa there? I'm only asking because it ...
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Documents for mainland Chinese citizen, traveling to HK from overseas

I am citizen of China, with a mainland Chinese passport and US green card. I am flying directly from US to Hong Kong, without going to the mainland. What documents would I need? Is my passport enough?
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How flexible are Chinese tourist visas? [duplicate]

I'm considering travelling with my sister (both British citizens) from the UK to China later this year. Mostly likely we would fly into a big city (Beijing/Shangai) and travel around somewhat from ...
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Parts of China that aren't dominated by Han Chinese that are easy for foreigners to access

I've heard that the Tibetan area is harder for foreigners to visit due to government restrictions, and get the impression that it is increasingly controlled by Han Chinese. Are there any parts of ...
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Potential gastric problems in China [duplicate]

I was told many times that I'd better stick to some well-known fast-food restaurants rather than eat local food in China. Otherwise, I may spend my whole trip exploring the vast variety of chinese ...
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Availability and attitudes towards sky burial tourism

I've recently heard about sky burial tourism, and I've got a couple of questions about it. Has it been banned in China? I recently retweeted someone tweeting about sky burial tourism by Chinese ...
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Documents for travel between Republic of China and People's Republic of China?

According to this answer: travel between [ROC and PRC by citizens therof] requires different documents [than the passports issued by each country] that maintain the fiction that there is only one ...
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Entitlement to China visa while on a tourist visa of Macau

I am in Macau on a tourist visa on an Indian passport. May I apply for a Chinese tourist visa from Macau?