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

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Secondhand book market or area in Beijing?

One of my hobbies while travelling is to visit secondhand bookshops or markets. I find that many countries which are "literary", that have a book / reading culture will have either a part of town ...
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Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China

Here in my hostel in Beijing there's a European couple who want to travel to Dandong, which is a city right on the North Korean border. So Wikivoyage lists some suggested places to stay but, along ...
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Which ferry from China to South Korea is the cheapest?

In less than two weeks my Chinese visa will expire and I'm considering taking one of the ferries to South Korea. I don't care about which part of China it leaves from, there are several choices. I ...
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Internet cafe with Wi-Fi in Hohhot, China?

This is my second time in Hohhot/Huhhot/Huhehaote, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China. I've been here one week this time. But despite many scouting missions I seem to be unable to find what I think ...
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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?

The People's Republic of China blocks some very popular websites used throughout the rest of the world including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This is known colloquially as the "Great Firewall of ...
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What is Air China required to do if they cancelled a Chinese domestic flight 40 days in advance?

I bought a ticket with Air China specifically for the flight times. (I am picking up several groups at the airport in the evening on one night) I have recently received an email about a flight ...
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Is “gutter oil” a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
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Where can I read about the food safety ratings in restaurants in China?

At least here in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia I see posters/signs on the wall of most restaurants that seem to be issued by some government body giving a food safety rating. Only three ratings are ...
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Where to change Mongolian tugriks to Chinese RMB?

My Mongolian visa will expire in a few days so I'll return to China. But I'm almost out of cash so will have to make a withdrawal from an ATM. To minimize the high fees I always withdraw a few ...
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Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?

I have a double entry visa for China. I've used up the first one and will reenter China for the second one in the next few days. Now I'd really like to go to Taiwan by ferry but was worried that it ...
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Do people travel to the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands?

It's probably not the best idea to try to get to the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands. But every time I see a photo, I can't help but think how picturesque and pristine the islands seem: (The Guardian via ...
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Finding a country to work and live in: China or Latin-South America (Chile, perhaps) [closed]

I'm pretty far from politics, I'm newbie in it. As a programmer traveling in SE Asia for pretty much a long time, I have a plan to eventually move to either China or Hong Kong or Latin or South ...
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Is it normal to haggle for the price of cheap hotel rooms in China?

On my recent month in China I stayed at many cheap hotels when I was somewhere with no backpacker hostel. With the current development boom in China I find you mostly get fairly new hotels that look ...
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Does the route NRT - SIN fly through the East China Sea ADIZ China declared by China in November of 2013?

I mapped NRT-SIN on www.gcmap.com. I cannot quite tell if it crosses in to the new China East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ECS ADIZ). If the airline disregards the ECS ADIZ China ...
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What is the driving time in a car from Zamyn-Uud to Ulaanbaatar?

I'm in the border town on the Mongolian side near China. Tomorrow I intend to look for a car to take me to the capital, Ulan Bator. But when I use my usual tool, Google Maps, to see how long the ...
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How to find places with Wi-Fi and electricity in China?

I don't travel with a smart phone and I don't want to. My netbook battery died during my trip and I tried and failed to get a new or reconditioned one in China. Because I'm hitchhiking I sometimes ...
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Buying second-hand winter clothes in northern China

Yesterday I crossed the point in China where the weather changed from "cool enough to put a jumper on a night sometimes" to "You need more layers". And I am continuing further north to Ulan Bator, ...
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Etiquette of “spitting out” bones etc in China

In China you regularly see restaurant patrons spit out bones and other bits from their soup etc straight onto the table, and you can also read in various places online that this is OK. But is it ...
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Drop zones for skydiving in China

I would like to know about drop zones for skydiving in China. What is average cost here in China for skydiving?
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Where can I see dolphins in the sea near North-East China?

I have seen dolphins in Dalian Water Park but I want to see them in the sea at a particular time specially sometime before sunset. Can anybody suggest me place in North-east China? Do they even exist ...
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Etiquette of eating noodle soup in China

I'm currently in Yunnan, China and one of the cheaper and still very yummy things to eat here is a spicy, oily, rice noodle soup. I'm used to getting similar dishes such as Laksa at home in Australia ...
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Cheap cafe or restaurant with Wi-Fi in Jincheng, Yunnan, China?

I'm in a non-tourist city about 40km south of Kunming, Yunnan, China. For the first time in China I have a hotel with good Wi-Fi but I also like to be able to sit in a pleasant public place ...
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Is there a usable online map site for China?

Tonight is my fifth night in China, I've only been in non-tourist places so far where I've seen no other westerners. I'm hitchhiking from the very south to the very north so it's fairly important to ...
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Could you actually get in trouble if you don't stick to the transport and accommodation stated in your visa application?

For some countries to apply for a visa you must provide proof of: Travelling to and/or from the country, sometimes the document even specifies flight ticket. Accommodation booked, sometimes just the ...
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Budget for Harbin Snow and Festival in Harbin China [closed]

I want to travel to harbin China this winter for Ice and snow Festival. Would stay there for 3 days. What budget should i keep in my mind for mid range hoteling in China and specially in Harbin and ...
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Canadian wants to exit and re-enter Beijing without a visa, during 72 hour TWOA (Transit Without Visa)

I have a conference to get to in Changchun (I really, really, really would like to go, the whole trip to China is centred around it). I'm not able to get a visa in time though. My flight lands in ...
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Chinese visa limited to 30 days (new immigration law)?

I have heard that from 1st September China will have a new immigration law and it will not be possible any longer to get a Chinese Tourist Visa in Hong Kong for longer than 1 month. Does anyone have ...
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Different liquid restrictions in China and Philippines

Recently I flew from London (UK) to Manila (Philippines) with a stop in Beijing (China). On my way back I had a couple of bottles (no more than 100ml), but neither in Manila nor Beijing (I went out to ...
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Exchanging Dollars for Yuan

I'm heading to China next month. Any tips for exchanging dollars for yuan? Will I be able to use credit card to get yuan at an ATM?
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Can I use a photocopy of a passport to check in for a Chinese Domestic flight?

I live in Guangzhou for a while, and my passport is still in visa extension process. I need to go Beijing before I get back my passport. So can I use a copy of my passport to check-in at the airport ...
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How can one obtain a Chinese tourist visa from Saint Petersburg, Russia [duplicate]

How can an EU citizen (Poland) and US citizen obtain Chinese tourist visas while in Saint Petersburg, Russia? Is it possible to do without returning home?
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Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?

I'm an Australian citizen backpacking around Southeat Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several time on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring country by crossing land ...
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How to find out which days the Chinese embassy/consulate in Kuala lumpur is open?

I'm planning to get a visa for China while I'm in Kuala Lumpur soon, but I discovered I'll be arriving during a major Muslim holiday period, Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr). I know consulates and ...
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Is it really much cheaper for an Australian to get a Chinese visa in Malaysia than in Australia?

I'm flying to Malaysia in about a week and a half and would like to obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa at some point so I can use The Middle Kingdom as a hub to visit several neighbouring countries. ...
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Is any Southeast Asian country easier for obtaining a visa for China?

In my experience it can make a lot of difference at which consulate in which country you apply for a visa in an upcoming country on your trip. For instance I seem to recall that it was easiest to get ...
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I have a double entry visa but need to enter China three times. What can I do?

I have a Chinese visa valid till 20 Dec 2013 (6 months). It is a F visa, which means a business visa. It also is a double entry visa, meaning that I can only enter China twice in the whole 6 months ...
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Cheapest place to fly from China, Taiwan, or Southeast Asia to Ishigaki, Japan?

I'm pondering meeting up with a friend in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan on my upcoming trip. I'll be on a tight budget hitchhiking from Singapore to China with no real plan or itinerary so any departure ...
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Are there any ferries between Okinawa and China?

I know there are ferries between China and Japan and I know there are no ferries between Okinawa and Taiwan. But I'm not sure whether I'm missing something when I try to look for ferries between ...
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I am planning on a sight seeing trip in China during this summer, How can I keep my passport, wallet, and phone safe without overheating?

TLDR: When it's hot as hell, what's the best way to keep my passport, wallet, and keys ultra secure while keeping my decoy wallet, phone, and some folded papers relatively secure? Something I could ...
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Can I buy train tickets for a Shanghai - Beijing trip in Hong Kong?

Background: I want to travel to Hong Kong - Shanghai - Beijing by train. Seat61 article about train travel in China has details on fares, schedules and how to book the tickets. There are 3 ways to ...
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Is the sleeper train from Hong Kong to Shanghai an enjoyable experience?

I am planning my travel from Hong Kong to Shanghai by overnight sleeper train (T100) departing at 3pm and arrive at 11am. So, it is 20 hours long. I have never experienced a sleeper train. I hope I ...
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Can I consign my pepper spray from Canada to China?

I have a flight from Canada to China (by aircanada). It seems that I can't bring pepper spray to the plane, but can I consign it? Is that illegal?
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Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Chinese visa? And do you have to stick to it?

There are certain countries which in order to be granted a visa you must submit your intended itinerary. My friend tells me that he thinks China is one of those countries. What do independent ...
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Can I use Chinese Yuans (RMB) in Hong Kong? [duplicate]

I just decided to change my plans and I am leaving China to Hong Kong in the next few hours. I still have some Chinese Yuans in my wallet, will those be accepted in Hong Kong or I have to change them ...
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Should I avoid Shanghai because of N7H9?

I am currently in Beijing and will be catching a train to Shanghai in about 12 hours. Here in Beijing the news about the N7H9 deaths are everywhere and some people advice me to try to avoid Shanghai ...
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Are there issues with street photography in China when using a professional camera?

Will I face to legal troubles when taking documentary photos of people in the streets in China? Maybe a photographer has to take photos without getting a permission of people to get better ...
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The using of VPN on iPhone in China

I will be travelling to China this April (more specifically, I will be going to Chengdu). As I would need to keep myself updated all the time, and I would need to access facebook and other websites ...
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Where can I find the official Shenzen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa details?

When visiting the Chinese city of Shenzen from Hong Kong it is possible to travel on a special Visa called a 'Shenzen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa'. The concept is simple. You can quickly get a ...
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Flag raising ceremony in Beijing

On a daily basis, there is a flag raising ceremony on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing after sunrise. I am considering to go there in May, which means that the ceremony would start at around 5AM. The ...