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

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Which airlines provide on-board WiFi in Chinese airspace?

Many airlines provide on-board WiFi service, however the services are suspended when the plane is in Chinese airspace, even if the flight does not depart from or arrive to China. Which airlines ...
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Is it possible to travel to China with UAE stamp in passport?

I've recently come back from China and on the way back to Europe I made a stopover in Dubai, UAE (I've had my passport stamped there). If I decided to go to China again, would this stamp be a problem ...
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Will it be a problem for a Russian citizen to apply for a US non-immigrant visa in Beijing while illegally employed in China?

I would like to have my Russian girlfriend come visit me in San Francisco on a B-2 visa. She is currently working in Beijing, China as an English teacher. However, she received her employment through ...
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As a USA citizen/resident, can I apply for a Chinese visa while in a foreign country?

I'm a USA citizen/resident traveling the world through multiple countries and interested in visiting where a friend of mine lives. Can I apply for a visa from a Chinese embassy/consulate in one of ...
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What is the safest way to travel from Hunza (North Pakistan) to Kashgar (West China)?

What is the safest way to go from Hunza (North Pakistan) to Kashgar (West China) ? Travelling mainly by bus and local transportation wherever possible.
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Which airline flying out of Shanghai has the lowest cancellation fees?

We're applying for Chinese visas, and want to take the train south from Shanghai to Vietnam. We can't book train tickets into Hanoi until 18 days before departure. However, this isn't compatible ...
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Should I book hostels in advance in China / HK?

I am travelling to Shanghai and Hong Kong in July. Is it realistic to travel "freestyle" and book hostels when we get there or a day in advance online (when we know what train we're taking, etc.) or ...
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How long does the tourist visa extension process take in Guangzhou, China?

I am approaching the end of my second stay of my dual-entry visa in China. I am in Guangzhou and aware that another option is to pop over to Hong Kong and apply for a new Chinese visa there. But HK ...
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Cheapest agent in Hong Kong for obtaining a visa for mainland China?

I'm in Guangzhou with just a few days left on my tourist visa. I intended to apply for a visa extension here tomorrow morning (Monday). That should cost about $31 USD. But just found out a travel ...
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Japan tourist visa without ticket for expat in Shanghai, China

I'll be in Shanghai under a business visa for 5 months. During the third month, I would want to travel to Hokkaido, Japan for one week break. I'm a Malaysian and I'll need to obtain a short-term ...
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China: Limitations on frequency of applying for L tourist visa

Is there a limitation on how frequently can you apply for L visa? I intend to go there for 70-80 days at a time and in between be home for a month or two. I am applying in Slovenia (part of EU). I'm ...
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Passport number or DOB needed when flying from China to US?

I booked a ticket from China to US for my girlfriend online from a 3rd party company (Cheap Tickets). On the e-ticket, the main information contained is her full name and booking and confirmation ...
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Chinese visa in Hong Kong without hotel bookings and return flight?

I'm an currently in Macau and just went to the Chinese consulate to apply for a Chinese visa. I'm on my way overland from Germany to Japan and had hoped for a dual entry visa (60 days each) to make ...
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Should I book my train connections in advance in China?

I will be travelling in China this July. My trips will be Beijing - Shanghai Shanghai - Hong Kong Hong Kong - Tianjin I have read a lot about the train situation on Seat61 and am thinking about ...
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Max no. of Power banks allowed in Carry on - Air China

I have read numerous blog posts advising that we must carry power banks as carry on and not checked in luggage. However, I fail to obtain the maximum amount (number of power banks or capacity of each ...
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What are the current rules for converting Chinese currency to US?

Many sites give advice on how to purchase Chinese RMB with dollars, but none that I have found discuss what restrictions there are on individuals converting RMB to dollars in China. A few years ago ...
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What is the best way to spend 8 hrs on Beijing Capital International Airport? [closed]

I have an 8 hour layover in Beijing. (1 PM to 9 PM). What is the best way to spend the time at Beijing Capital International Airport? Also, Please provide details such as where to keep the baggage ...
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How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?

Soon I need to get from Guangzhou to Hong Kong as this entry of my China visa will expire. I'm totally ignorant of Hong Kong. Is there only an island or is part of it also on the mainland you never ...
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What is this present we received from our hotel in China? [closed]

On our trip to China, we received this thing next to the pen in the figure as a gift both in Hangzhou and Beijing. The pen serves only for comparison of size. It is made of metal and not flexible. ...
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Carrying 3 laptops (1 new and 2 old) in hand luggage to India [duplicate]

While traveling on business to Australia from India, I carried my personal HP laptop (4 years old). Unfortunately, my laptop overheated and I had to buy a new Macbook Pro from Australia. I have the ...
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Extra baggage costs - Dragon Airlines / Cathay Pacific

I am traveling from Qingdao, China to Delhi, India via Hong Kong for business. My ticket itinerary has 1 piece of luggage confirmed. My flight details are as follows: Qingdao - Hong Kong on Dragon ...
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Extra 50 lbs (23kg) bag with Air China

I am traveling from Qingdao, China to Mumbai, India on Air China for business. My ticket itinerary has 1 piece of luggage confirmed. However, I bought some additional items that I have to take back ...
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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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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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ATMs in China - are they widespread?

Within North America and Europe, finding an ATM is easy. I would never dream of checking in advance where the ATM is in a town. I know I will find one when I need it. Sometimes I ask my bank for the ...
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Incomplete itinerary on Chinese visa form

I'm going to China and I'll arrive in Beijing and leave China again from Zhangjiajie. I've already booked my accomodation for Beijing, but not yet for Zhangjiajie. To apply for a Chinese visa I have ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?

I will try to visit northern China and/or eastern Russia on this trip. I've visited South Korea many times and I'm really interested in the plight of North Koreans trying to flee from the repressive ...
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When you fly to Beijing (PEK) and then to a domestic final destination, when do you go through passport control?

I am planning a trip to China and will be flying to my final destination via Beijing (PEK). At what point do I go through passport control: at Beijing (i.e. before boarding my second, domestic flight) ...
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“Proof of legal status” for applying for a Chinese visa in Germany

I'm a non-German EU citizen living in Germany and need to apply for a Chinese visa. According to the PRC's visa processing facility in Frankfurt: If you are not applying for a visa in the country ...
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China entry visa validity on “enter before” date

My departure time from Amsterdam for Guanghzhou, China will be 13:30 on the 4th. September. My visa stipulates that I must enter China before the 5th. Will there be a problem because of the time ...
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Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?

Yesterday I thought I'd wander down to the Myanmar consulate here in Kunming to ask them for more details about getting a visa and visiting by crossing the land border with China. My hostel (The ...
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Very confused about China visa (American) and the possible 24 and 72 hour exemption rules

I will give a quick summary of my desired plan: Arrive in Shanghai via cruise (1st entry) Leave to SE Asia for a few months via train Come back through China via Vietnam by train and go to QingDao ...
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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 Southeast Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several times on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring country by crossing ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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Can this multiple-entry Chinese visa still be used?

I went to China about 6 months ago for 10 days. The visa issued for that occasion says: Category: F Entries: M-多 Duration of each stay: 060 days after each entry The Enter before date has not yet ...
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China Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit

Does anyone know how much trouble it is for a Chinese company to prepare a "Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit" (required for certain business visas). Presumably they may have to send an ...
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When visiting on a double- or multiple- entry visa, does China stamp your passport for each entry and each exit?

I just managed to get a friend to scan my Chinese visa in my expired passport at home while I'm on the road on my next trip. I need this to show when I apply for a multiple entry visa to China in a ...
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Images of Chinese logograms (characters) for traveler

Planing trip to China in some remote areas. I think it would be useful to have some pictures in my phone with most useful words like "eat","bus","hotel" in Chinese logograms. If somebody has done this ...
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From Beijing international airport to Great Wall of China at midnight

I arrive in Beijing international airport at 3:00 in the night. In order to catch the sunrise on Great Wall located near Yingbinsong and save more time I think it is a good idea to go directly to ...
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Lockers in China [closed]

Is it possible to find lockers in China transport stations? I'm interested in Beijing Xi, Xian, Zhengzhou, Zhangjiajie, Guiyang, Guilin train stations. What about bus stations? What about Beijing ...
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Send package from China to Europe [closed]

During my trip in China I wouldn't like to carry all my gifts in my bag, so I'm planning to send them by post. Where is the best place I could do this with minimum problems? I'm planning to send it in ...
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Buy map in Beijing

Need to buy laminated good quality maps of China, Beijing and Xian. I need maps in English. Would you recommend any shops in Beijing and Xian?
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Entering China from Hong Kong without a Hong Kong visa

I have a Chinese visa but I don't have a visa from Hong Kong. Can I go to China from Hong Kong airport without the visa? I am getting convenient flights to Hong Kong.
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

About 10 years ago I traveled to Shanghai. When I got off the plane, a guy in plain clothes came up to me and indicated he could take me to whereever I needed to go. I was planning on taking a taxi ...
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Is an open-ended ticket more practical than a one-way ticket for touring China?

My partner and I are planning a long (2+ months) trip to China. The return date is unknown in advance. We may also want to visit other countries on our trip and ideally would prefer not to commit to ...
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Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?

Due to China's visa rules I need to have a return flight booked in order to obtain a visa. But once I have the visa I am free to enter overland and not use the flight. On my previous trip I had a ...
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What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?

As usual, lots of fake/spam sites when trying to Google this. And also information that is out of date, applies to other nationalities only, or applies to getting the visa in another location. Often ...
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How can I find a professional business trip guide in China?

I will travel to China to meet some suppliers in late April. It's my first time to visit there. I am thinking to hire someone in local who speaks good English as my personal tour guide and interpreter ...
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Buy and taste tea in China [closed]

I'm collecting places where I could taste and buy tea in China during my trip. Currently I have Beijing, Xian,Shanhai, HK on my road map, but if you have information about good and not scam tea in ...