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

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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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Where is this mountain with very striking bright colors?

This blog has an image from Zhangye, Province of Gansu, China. This mountain is made of earths or stones in gradients of often bright colors, predominantly red but also yellows and blues. However ...
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How can I get a great view of Shanghai?

I'm going to visit Shanghai next month and I know there are several huge skyscrapers. Now I'm wondering from which tower, that's accessible to the main public, can I get the best view at an ...
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Trans-Siberian Express: Stopping along the way?

I'm planning a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express. I've already received excellent advice on a related post, but I've got a couple more questions. My plan is to head from Moscow to Beijing. It's six ...
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Is it possible for a foreigner to drive through (mainland) China in a foreign-registered car?

Is it possible to drive through mainland China, for example for transit from Kazakhstan to Vietnam, as a non-Chinese citizen, in an own car/van/truck? This is about an European Union citizen, trying ...
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How can I check if tour services are reliable?

What steps should I take in order to insure the following service is reliable The Dragon Trip and I can safely get to the starting point and find a group to join (not a scam) ? Does this Sunday ...
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Are there companies in China that offer personal tour guide services?

I will be traveling to China by myself and interested in hiring a person to be a personal tour guide for multiple days ...possibly as long as a month. This will be my first trip to China and my grasp ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What's the cheapest way to call China from the US with an AT&T cell phone?

My girlfriend got a new job that requires frequent travel to Shanghai, China. She has a Chinese phone and sometimes has Internet access. Aside from Skype/Internet communications, what's the cheapest ...
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When transiting Beijing (PEK), citizens of which countries need visas?

According to Wikipedia it seems that anyone can make the transit without a visa, but I'm not convinced. Where can I get some more official information on this?
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Chinese etiquette: Most common mistakes

My question is inspired by this one: Japanese etiquette: Most common (and offensive) mistakes? Which made me think about my upcoming trip to China. As a Dutch citizen, I have experienced a lot that ...
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How should I start to plan a journey from Moscow to Beijing by train?

I have a ton of questions, but I don't even know where to start. To those of you who have done the journey, what is a good starting point for planning?
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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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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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What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?

I am taking a trip to Shanghai next week to see some friends. They have requested that I bring a few items with me to give to them that are difficult (or expensive) for them to obtain where they ...
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Do I have to visit the Chinese consulate in person to get my visa?

I'm planning a trip to Shanghai to visit some friends in about 5 months. I understand that I will need to get a visa issued so that I can travel to China. This will be the first time I've applied ...
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How should I prepare for a visit to the rice terraces?

When we're in Guilin (China) we can take an excursion to the rice terraces Now I have no idea what its like to visit them. Should I expect to get wet feet or pants and make sure I bring a towel ...
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What can I expect when bringing in my netbook to China?

I am considering bringing a netbook on my trip to China, arriving via Beijing International Airport. I am mostly concerned about what will happen at the border. Do I have to show it at the border, ...
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Can I read my GMail while traveling in China?

I read in some places that Gmail.com is sometimes blocked. Is there a workaround so that I can access my email while I am in China?
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How should I prepare for a trip to China?

I'll be traveling to China for business in April and I am thinking of ways to prepare. I am looking for advice on how to prepare with regard to: Travel documents Money Phone/data service Medical ...
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How to get a Taiwanese visa?

I am a Pakistani national, have a company in China and my visa is Z category (Chinese Work Visa). I want to travel to Taiwan for a business trip. How I can get the visa?
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Taiwanese traveling to Xiamen, China - do I need to get a visa or Tai Bao Zheng before I go?

Me: US passport and Taiwan passport Trip: Going to Taiwan for a few weeks but also planning on going to Xiamen from Taiwan for a few days. Problem: So far, it seems like it is more annoying to use ...
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Want to carry a psoriasis cream with me on plane to China — reasonable?

Here's the deal. My wife is Chinese and her brother (college age) lives in China. I have some cream my grandpa gave me for broken out skin (says IC Triamcinolone 0.5% cream on it). It's worked ...
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Warm weather options in SE Asia (near Shanghai) in the winter

My wife and I have about 12 days of vacation before she starts a short internship in Shanghai in January. We are both Americans and don't speak Chinese and this will be our first time in China. ...
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Does this monument depict Koxinga?

The large horse rider monument located in Quanzhou, China here: Google Maps Is this monument depicting Koxinga or someone else? Can't find wiki articles or something in English.
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Is it possible or recommended to exchange US currency for Chinese currency outside China?

I'll be traveling to China soon, specifically to Wuhan, and I remember reading somewhere (I don't remember where, unfortunately) that it's only possible to exchange USD for RMB in China itself - is ...
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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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where can I send free sms to hong kong [closed]

I know it's not a typical travel question but I visit Hong Kong and want to send sms to people i meet there. My provider charges almost 1 usd for each sms. Used to use icq long time ago, but ...
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Visiting giant panda sanctuary Chengdu from Guangzhou

I want to visit the panda sanctuary in Chengdu. I will be staying in Guangzhou and noticed that its a bit of a trip. What is the best way to get there? Is there a tour with direct bus? Or is there ...
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Getting to Guangzhou from Melbourne

I am taking a business trip to Guangzhou from Melbourne is a few months. I have noticed that there are no direct flights (correct me if I am wrong). Looks like I have to transfer in Hong Kong. ...
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Are there any special considerations on a business trip to Shanghai?

For a German on a trip to Shanghai, are there some surprising business rules which could lead to some kind of embarrassing situation? Is there something which would be considered especially rude by a ...
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Visiting both Taiwan and China having one passport

Can I expect to encounter any problem when visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) after visiting the People's Republic of China or vice versa? I mean, some countries have political clashes with each ...
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Google maps in China

Using smartphone in China's cities, how can I navigate by foot? Does anyone has a creative idea if I don't read or write chinese? Any recommended foot-navigation to China main cities? (offline maps ...
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Organised backpacking in China (14-Sep till 8-Oct 2012)

Wandering the net, I have found this site: http://thedragontrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Detailed%20Itinerary%20-%20HK%20to%20HK%2025%20days.pdf This fits all my needs: comprehensive young ...
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Organized trips for young single travelers?

I have 3 weeks vacation during Sep-Oct. I'm an Israeli with excellent English. I want to fly somewhere. and was thinking to join organized trips for young single-travelers. I saw this site: ...
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How do I ensure I do not pay out money for tickets that are not usable for other reasons?

For the first time I am trying to organise an extended individual journey - 6-10 months and 10-14 countries. Although I am intending to be an independent traveller and organising travel arrangements ...
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Sim Card with data plan in China?

I'm traveling to Beijing for a short trip (4 days), and don't want to be without my phone or pay ATT roaming. I have an unlocked, international compatible phone. What kind of options are available in ...
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How difficult is it to get a chinese “L” visa when traveling alone

I am a Filipino passport holder working in Singapore. I am planning to go to Beijing this August, and I'd just like to know how difficult it is to get a Chinese tourist visa if you are traveling alone ...
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Huashan Cliffside Path: Accessible for tourists?

Today I saw some very nice pictures of the Huashan Cliffside Path in China: Now I'm asking myself if this path is accessible for tourists? This means, if I have mountaineering experience can I walk ...