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

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Purchasing cookware (eg. Teapot) in china: concern of lead

I am traveling to china and while I am there I would like to buy a tea set for my wife, who loves tea. Should I be concerned that a teapot for example would contain lead? How would I know if it ...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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Should I bring sufficient anti-mosquito lotion to China?

We're going to travel around China, visiting mainly major cities. We'll be taking a river cruise in the south and probably visit some rice fields, so I expect we do need some protection. We ...
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Do I need a business visa with a valid residence permit for China?

I used to work in China till June this year but now work in Singapore. I still have a valid residence permit for China till April 2015. Can I travel to China for business using the residence permit ...
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Gifts for Chinese hosts?

I am traveling to China for work (I am an academic), and would like to bring small gifts with me for the hosts who have been working to coordinate my visit. What are some recommendations for the kinds ...
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What is required for a British citizen to cross the border from China to Russia at Heihe/Blagoveshchensk

Heihe, in the north east of China is just across the river from the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk. There is a free trade agreement between the countries covering these two cities. Russians can enter ...
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Sichuan food in Xi'an

Can I find Sichuan food in Xi'an, China? As an English speaker, how can I ensure I am getting authentic food on the menu (is there a "omakase" equivalent)? I don't care much for fancy, or touristy, ...
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I have a Chinese F visa, and I want to apply for an Australian eVisitor visa - is this possible?

This may sound silly, but I have noticed on the Australian government website that if you already have a valid visa, getting an Australian evisitor visa will make your current visa invalid. Is this ...
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Getting a Chinese visa in the US as a Canadian citizen?

I am a Canadian Citizen with a Canadian passport, though I am currently doing a 4 month internship in the United States on a TN1 Visa. My internship ends at the end of August, and I am scheduled to ...
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See nature and wildlife in China, avoid crowds

What are some interesting (rural?) areas to visit in China for seeing nature and wildlife? I'm looking to go for short hikes on relatively untouched (or restored) natural areas, get a chance to see ...
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What does this Chinese character 天 mean on my visa?

In my Chinese visa, against "Days after entry", I find this character: 天 Google translate says it means day, sky, heavens, God, etc. What exactly does it mean in this context? Edit: You can see it ...
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Is it possible to get a permit to travel to Tibet (Lhasa) from Beijing by train, without a tour guide?

I am confused about how I go about getting a permit for two people (a British and a Swedish national) to visit Lhasa, intending to travel there by train. Is it possible to get a permit without having ...
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Is my Chinese visa reusable?

I am a US citizen and have a Chinese visa that expires later this year, but I am looking to go to China again this summer. I originally got this L visa for my trip this winter (which was fantastic). ...
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Type of visa for job interview in China

I'm planning to go for a job interview to Beijing. It's for a subsidiary of a US company. I'm wondering what kind of visa I should apply for? It's not really a "business trip" but obviously it doesn't ...
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Is there a 3G Sim Card that is usable in both Japan and China?

I will be going to Japan and China next month. As I don't want to activate the data roaming on my carrier due to the high charge, I am looking to buy local Sim Card with 3G data plan that is cheap and ...
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3G internet / data package in China

I'm going to do a backpacking trip to China. I have a smartphone. What is the most economic way to buy a data package? I don't need a sim for calls at all, data only. I have got a 'simless' but it ...
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72h China transit visa: Which airlines offer interlining in Beijing?

I would like to take advantage of the 72h China transit visa at Beijing Capital airport and city. My confusion concerns the term "interline ticket" in the regulations. To me, that sounds like I have ...
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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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Chinese visa period of validity

So here's my problem : once you obtain your chinese visa, you seemingly have 3 months of validity to enter the country. I will not be able to do this in my home country (Canada) since I am aiming to ...
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Do I need a Hong Kong transit visa if I travel to Shenzhen via Hong Kong airport?

I am a Pakistani national living and working in Germany. I need to travel to Shenzen for business and the easiest route is to fly to Hong Kong and then take the ferry to Shenzen (no entry into Hong ...
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China M visa in HK for non-HK ID holder

It's a big hassle to apply for multiple-entry China visas at my local consulate.. letters required, multiple visits, long lines and so on (citizen of Canada). A colleague was bitten by a strange ...
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Official end time of a stay in China (for visa purposes)

My flight back from China leaves on my 31th day there, just after midnight. They seem very reluctant to grand a tourist visa for more than 30 days, so I was wondering: If I get past the airport visa ...
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Israeli passport on ferry from China to Taiwan

I have an Israeli passport with a ten-year visa to the US and a multiple entry visa to China. Is it possible for me to take a ferry from Xiamen to Kinmen and then to Taipei and come back to Xiamen?
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What is a good visa agent for obtaining a Chinese visa from the NY consulate?

As a followup to an earlier question: I'm planning to travel to China shortly, and I'm looking into visa agents - those companies that will accept your passport and application documents by FedEx or ...
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Sports bars in Xi'an China

Can you give the name of a sports bar or two in Xi'an, China, that would be showing popular international sports games (NBA, EPL, Champions League, Six Nations)? I have searched using Google and ...
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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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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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What is the cheapest way to get to and from Taipei, Taiwan to Shenzhen, China?

I've taken a look at Seat61 and rome2rio, but they offer incomplete or expensive options at best. Aside from hitch-hiking, what is the cheapest way to get from Shenzhen, China to Taipei, Taiwan? ...
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How can I use a US Xbox 360 in Beijing?

I have a US Xbox 360 (E series, for inquiring minds). From what I've read on Microsoft's site, the 360 does NOT have a universal switching supply, but rather a 100-127V supply for US consoles (and ...
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Getting a Chinese tourist visa with an expired UK criminal conviction

A group of us are travelling to China this year. One of the members of our group was convicted five years ago for possession of Ecstasy; as it has been five years, the conviction is now spent / ...
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Applying for Chinese visa with dual citizenship and only one passport

First time posting here. I am very confused and worried. Going (or not) to visit China with my class in march. I have dual citizenship (German/Norwegian) and live in Norway. However, I do not own a ...
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Getting from Tajikistan to China

I hear that pass in Kulma Pass on Tajikistan-China border is closed for foreigners since 2008 (caused by Olympics). Is it still closed? Is there any other pass between Tajikistan and China?
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Where exactly does the ferry from in Mawei, Fuzhou that goes to Matsu, Taiwan?

Several sources including Wikivoyage, Seat 61, and Lonely Planet tell me that there's s short, quick ferry from China to the Taiwanese island of Matsu. Apparently this ferry leaves from a part of or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...