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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. I would prefer to avoid dangerous zones if ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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The Great Wall of China: Where should I start a visit?

The Great Wall of China is more than 6000 kilometers long. So if I want to see that wall, where should I start my visit? What are typical places to see the wall? I'm interested in places that offer a ...
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How to pay Chinese customs duties? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bringing items into China for a friend - what to expect at customs? Based on the answers to Bringing items into China for a friend - what to expect at customs?, it looks ...
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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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How's the weather for hiking in lower Tibet in May?

I am considering doing a hike with a guide in Tibet from Gandan Monastery to Samye Monastery in May. From what I've heard the temperatures during the night should be between -5C and 10C which is ...
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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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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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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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Vaccinations for Beijing

I'm travelling to Beijing on the 3rd of september. Although China does not require any mandatory vaccinations to visit, It is recommended that I recieve a Hepatitis A vaccination. I have less than 2 ...
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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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Best way for U.S. citizen to obtain China visa while in Europe?

For a U.S. citizen who is travelling in Europe and wants to fly from Europe to China, what is the recommended way to obtain a Chinese visa?
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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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Using Australian mobile in China

Will I be able to use an Australian mobile phone (3 Network) in China? I know that I can do international roaming but I am unsure about any frequency differences.
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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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Are there prepaid mobile data plans in China?

When I was in the US I got a 3G data plan for the iPad which was only 25$ for 2 Gb which lasts a month. I was wondering if there are any similar offerings in China or if its better to wait to get ...
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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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Airport transfer in Sanya

I am flying into SYX airport and staying at a nearby beach hotel. What would you recommend is the best way in getting to the hotel? Are cabs reliable there or do I need to arrange for some sort of ...
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Transit visa in Chinese airports?

I'm hoping to get a flight which requires me to be in China for 28 hours before the connecting flight out. I'm happy to sit in transit if I have to. However, I've read one site that said 12 hours is ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Chinese visa while travelling outside your home country?

For some countries you can only apply for a visa in your home country (Russia is such a country) Is China also such a country? I was thinking of applying for a visa in the Republic of Georgia or ...
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Overland route from the Caucasus to Mongolia without entering Russia?

I plan to base myself in the Replubic of Georgia for a while and I'm thinking of a trip from there to Mongolia but I have some restrictions: No flying (overland is more of an adventure) I can't ...
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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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Downloadable maps of China

Have met travellers cycling in Tajikistan, and they're hoping they can download maps of China - either road or cycle tracks (or both). They've searched high and low, and haven't found decent ...
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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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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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What time of year is best for taking the Trans-Siberian Express?

I'm interested in taking a train journey from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia. Is there a recommended time of year for this Trans-Siberian trip?
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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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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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China visa issue

I flew from China to Taiwan a while back. I have an extend-able visa to Taiwan. Upon arrive in Guangzhou, I was informed I needed a Chinese visa to visit to Taiwan (which if you are up-to-date with ...
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What part of Great Wall of China is easier to visit, starting from Peking?

I'm interested in visiting the Great Wall of China, but don't want to face many tourists during my trip. Are there such parts of it? Are visitors allowed to walk on 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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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 ...