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

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Why are Chinese mountains scaled by steps? (instead of winding paths)

Question: Why are Chinese mountains mostly scaled by steps/stairs instead of winded paths? Is there something traditional / practical / religious / spiritual about it that I fail to see? When hiking ...
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What are the conditions of applying for a 10-year Chinese visa?

According to Wikipedia, China currently has 10 year visa agreements with Canada, US, Israel and UK. What are the conditions of applying for such a visa? Do you have to travel to China a few times on ...
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Will having used one previous double-entry visa for China make me eligible for a multiple entry visa now?

China has a rule that to obtain a multiple entry visa you must be able to show immigration information for two previous stays, not always in very clear English. Now just over a year ago in late 2013 ...
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Are six and twelve month multiple entry Chinese tourist visas currently being issued in Australia?

In the past couple of years I've tried to obtain multiple entry visas for China while on the road in Laos and Vietnam. I discovered that although they documented multiple entry visas on their web ...
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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 countries by crossing ...
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In which regions do terrorists try to test whether you're Muslim? [on hold]

In some terrorist attacks, such as Dhaka, the perpetrators test whether or not you're Muslim and spare you if you are, while in other terrorist attacks, such as Nice or Omagh, the attackers kill ...
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Can I apply for business (or other) Visa just to travel for extended time?

For most countries, you can only enter a country without visa for a limited amount of time. In most cases this is 90 days (at least for citizens in developed countries) but sometimes it is only 30 ...
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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

Situation: Me and my co-traveler will arrive at Beijing Capital Airport on 11:55 on May 2, 2016 and plan to take a taxi to Beijing South Railway Station and a high speed train to Tianjin. (This seems ...
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How far I can go before I reach a tourist-nogo zone from Badaling, the great wall of China?

I plan to visit the great wall of China, starting from Badaling. As a test to my stamina, I plan to hike along the wall, for as long and as far as I can, until I can't go further because either it'...
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Do any Chinese embassies or consulates grant multiple-entry visas to people from a third country?

This question is specifically about true multiple-entry visas, which for China are valid for six months and allow multiple entries. This question is not about double-entry visas. In the case of China,...
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How can one get a permit to drive the Chinese section of Karakoram Highway with a foreign truck?

To get from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan, one needs to drive through an 575 km section inside China, the one from "Irkeshtam Port, 309 Provincial Road, Ulugqat, Kizilsu, Xinjiang, China" to "Kunjirap Daban, ...
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Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?

On my upcoming trip I'll be starting in Asia and would love to travel overland to Europe, especially via Iran. Usually I'm not scared or intimidated by "dangerous" destinations. China is a breeze and ...
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How can I avoid the 60 RMB commission at Pudong Airport exchange?

I exchanged my JPY at Pudong Airport for RMB, but the exchange counter charged me an eye-whooping 60 RMB commission for one transaction. It is ridiculous on my standards, and it was not the case in ...
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Can I apply for UnionPay card while traveling for China?

I'm now in China and found that so many stores only accept UnionPay even if they insist on accepting credit cards. For example today I ate at a local snack in Shanghai, which I entered because I was ...
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What should I expect when traveling in China during their Mid-August holiday?

I am trying to organize a short trip in China, probably a few days in Beijing. I found cheap tickets but the dates include the Chinese Mid-August national holiday (lunar calendar August, so from 09/...
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Can I use Shanghai subway card on other cities?

I purchased a purple Shanghai subway card with the deposit of RMB 20. Does this card work in other cities, such as Beijing or Tianjin?
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Does Shanghai subway card expire after not using for a while?

I had my Shanghai subway card which I purchased with the deposit of 20 RMB and 80 balance. However, it is likely that I won't use it up before leaving the country. So I would like to use it for the ...
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Visa: “Current occupation” while doing notice?

I've quit my job to go travel around for a long period of time. At the moment I'm still doing a few weeks of notice until I'm officially off the job. I will already apply for my Chinese visa, but ...
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Finding a Tibetan language teacher in Danba, Sichuan, China

Last year I learned of a town in Sichuan that has a name that Chinese people tell me sounds like my surname. The town is called "Danba" and is in Sichuan to the west of Chengdu. It turns out to be a ...
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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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Are unofficial sites outranking official websites in English a common problem in China?

When googling for baiyun airport, a website calling itself "Guangzhou Airport Online" was the first hit, whereas the English-language version of the official website was ranked fifth, after two pages ...
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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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What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?

I'm traveling to china for a couple of weeks for work. I don't do anything where information security or intellectual property is a huge concern, but I do want to be in touch with the home office so ...
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Can I use Hong Kong dollars in Guangzhou?

I've read that you usually can't use Renminbi in Hong Kong. Is it possible to use Hong Kong dollars in Guangzhou (Canton)?
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Knife carrying laws in China?

Many countries have a restriction on what sorts of knives can be carried in public, and what the maximum length can be. Wikipedia has a long article on the topic. The section on China is not very ...
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Buying ticket on Russian train

Suppose my ticket is from A to B, but on the way I decide to go beyond B and to C. Can I go to the conductor and extend the ticket? It is the case for me from Chita to Zabaikalsk, while my final ...
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Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad?

I have a very simple question. Hopefully it is appropriate for this site and not for a politics site. So here it goes: Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad? What is the reasoning behind ...
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Can I get a Taiwan visa from China

I am a Sri Lankan citizen currently living in Sri Lanka. I'm planning a short trip to Taiwan this October, and they require us to get visa in advance to enter the country. To make the matter worse, ...
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Are foreigners targeted in the Xinjiang / Uyghur related violence in Western China?

Recently here has been a fairly steady occurrence of violent events in Xinjiang or attributed to separatists from Xinjiang in other parts of the country. Perhaps the biggest or most known took place ...
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Uber/Didi to Badaling (八达岭) from Gulou (鼓楼) for sunrise?

I'm exploring the feasibility/cost of using Uber/Didi to get from downtown Beijing (near 鼓楼) to the Great Wall (I take it Badaling/八达岭 is the most effective approach) very early -- in time for sunrise,...
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How to apply for a Chinese visa without knowing one's itinerary in advance?

I'm a dutch citizen and I want to travel to China for holiday and to visit the parents of my (Chinese) girlfriend. We will travel there together from end of august till begin of september (2,5 weeks ...
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Getting a Chinese work visa with an unused valid tourist visa

If someone has a valid and unused Chinese visitor (L) visa, can they apply for another Chinese visa (of a different type)? A Russian friend of mine recently attempted to apply for a work visa at the ...
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Will my American Xbox work in China?

I am going to China. I plan on taking my regular Xbox. I am buying this travel adapter from BestBuy: Insignia™ - All-In-One Travel Adapter/Converter (Black). The adapter is compatible with 1875W and ...
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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 road-...
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Finding local train ticket agents/offices in China.

I am in China and want to buy a train ticket neither online nor at the station but from a travel agent that is able to issue such tickets. How do I find a travel agency that issues Chinese train ...
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Will an EU residency card be sufficient to depart China?

My Chinese wife is planning to visit China this summer and is normally resident with me in Austria. She has her Chinese passport and a EEA residency card (for Austria) as a spouse of an EU national (...
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Chiang Saen to Jinghong by boat?

There used to be a semi-regular fast boat between Chiang Saen, in northern Thailand, and Jinghong, in southern China, traveling on the Mekong, for some nine months out of the year. Recent reliable ...
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Parts of China that aren't dominated by Han Chinese that are easy for foreigners to access

I've heard that the Tibetan area is harder for foreigners to visit due to government restrictions, and get the impression that it is increasingly controlled by Han Chinese. Are there any parts of ...
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Can I demand my passport back in the middle of an application for a Chinese Visa in the UK?

I am currently hoping to attend a summer school in Shanghai in China and am in the process of applying for a suitable visa. I intend to visit the service center in London this Friday and apply for the ...
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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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What documents are required to drive a motorcycle from Kazakhstan to China?

A French citizen will travel Beijing and Shanghai in China by motorcycle and he had a Chinese visa from the embassy of China in Paris. The details of the motorcycle are: brand, model and year: ...
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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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My Chinese F visa application was rejected the first time due to an inappropriate/expired invitation letter. [closed]

My Chinese F visa application was rejected the first time due to an inappropriate/expired invitation letter. Now I applied again with a new and a better invitation letter on a company letterhead. What ...
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Are Australian citizens now or in the very near future about to get ten year visas for China?

So a year or so ago there was some announcement between China and USA to increase tourist visa validity to ten years. I thought this was related to some free trade agreement. Now I believe the ...
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Availability and attitudes towards sky burial tourism

I've recently heard about sky burial tourism, and I've got a couple of questions about it. Has it been banned in China? I recently retweeted someone tweeting about sky burial tourism by Chinese ...
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Entering the UK with dual Danish/Chinese citizenship from China

My son has 2 passports, Danish and Chinese. My wife is Chinese and I'm Danish. We are currently living in Japan, but will be going to the UK later in the year. My wife and son will be going to China ...
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Is it easier for a westerner to obtain a Chinese tourist visa in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan?

The procedures, restrictions, prerequisites, etc of getting a visa for the same country can vary a lot depending on which embassy or consulate in which country you apply from. This is most certainly ...
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Where in Chengdu can we see Sanxingdui artifacts, besides the museum in Guanghan?

I visited Chengdu a few years ago, and a friend who plans to visit recently asked me for advice about things to see there. One thing that looks interesting is the Sanxingdui ancient culture and its ...
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Is it pretty easy for an American to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong?

I know standing in line to get a visa is never fun, but was wondering if any Americans had experience getting a standard tourist "L" visa in Hong Kong. I'm leaving on a RTW trip in less than two ...
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Where in Japan is this statue?

Where in Japan is this statue? I couldn't locate it via Google or TinEye: Also, is the Arabic text in the article an accurate translation of those Japanese characters? Japanese wisdom - Zarif ...