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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Should an American traveling to China book flights and accommodation before getting a visa?

I've traveled back and forth between the US and China myself several times, and every time I would always make sure my plane tickets and hotel reservations were finalized before sending in my visa ...
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Exchanging Scottish GBP In China

Seems like Scottish (Great British) Pounds are not exactly very welcomed around the world. HSBC here in China told me to take them back to Scotland with me. (Cheers!) How Can I Exchange Scottish GBP ...
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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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I have booked a flight from the USA to China and am a dual national. How do I avoid China getting to know this? [closed]

I have two passports, both US and China. I want to visit China with my Chinese passport for its convenience. Therefore, when I book my round-trip ticket to China, I have to enter my Chinese passport ...
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Is there a transit visa requirement for 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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Will my Chinese visa still be valid if I renew my passport?

Will my Chinese visa still be valid if I renew my passport? If so how does that work? I have heard that you can travel with your new passport and just show the old passport with the valid visa when ...
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Australian getting a China visa in Kuala Lumpur

I'm planning to go from Kuala Lumpur to China. Is it easy for an Australian to get a Chinese visa in Kuala Lumpur ? What documents do I need ? How long does it take ? And how long can I get a visa for?...
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What is a good visa agent for obtaining a Chinese visa from the NY consulate? [closed]

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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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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Recommended VPN in China

I was directed here from lifehacks SE. Basically I am a student who would need access to gmail, Google in China (mainland). From my past experience, Gmail is not blocked sometimes, blocked sometimes, ...
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Do I need a visa for a connecting international flight in Guangzhou, China? [duplicate]

I am a US citizen and I will be flying New York → Guangzhou → Seoul. The only thing I plan to do in Guangzhou is get off one plane and get on to another. Will I need a visa for this?
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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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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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China intercity travel by taxi or minivan

I'm planning to take an elderly couple from Shanghai to Nantong. I'm looking for a more comfortable alternative than the intercity busses. Are there any companies who offer intercity taxi's or minivan ...
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Entitlement to China visa while on a tourist visa of Macau

I am in Macau on a tourist visa on an Indian passport. May I apply for a Chinese tourist visa from Macau?
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Visa for travel to China

I am going to China with my wife in May. We live in the UK, but I would like to know if I can send our passports to some different country to get a China tourist visa there? I'm only asking because it ...
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Where can I buy double-edged razor blades, while traveling in China?

I use a razor that takes with a double-edge blade to shave, as I find cartridge razors to be expensive, irritating and easy to clog, and I am too lazy to take care of a straight razor properly! I ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

Is Inner Mongolia significantly safer compared to Mongolia itself with regards to crime? I'm wondering whether to go to Inner Mongolia instead of Mongolia for safety reasons. I don't use any fancy ...
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How to get a Taiwanese visa as a Pakistani citizen?

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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Can I stay in China longer than a year using one year visa?

I have a visa to China - multiple entry, duration of each stay 90 days, issue date May 11, 2015, enter before May 11, 2016. On many websites I saw a description of this type of visa that I can live in ...
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Am I too heavy for Chinese hard sleeper trains?

I'm not talking about size, I'm talking about weight. I weigh 270 lbs (120 kg). I'm (irrationally?) afraid I will break my berth. I've gone on soft sleeper class before and it was fine. But pictures ...
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Tibet: visas requirements in 2015

I'm am European (French) and plan a holiday in Tibet. Considering the political circumstances, I assume I need to apply for a visa to stay there for 3 weeks, is this correct? If yes, what's the ...
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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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Do I need a hotel booking to get my 72 hour free visa in China?

I've had some conflicting information. I can't find anywhere on the internet that says those who are able to have a free 72 hour transit visa to China, need to prove they have somewhere to stay, ...
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What airport should I choose when flying into Shanghai

I am planning a trip to Shanghai and noticed there are two airports: Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport. Which one should I choose to fly to? The criteria I was thinking ...
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Can I use a Chinese business visa (M) for tourism?

I have a valid multiple entry 60 day Chinese business visa that I use to travel for work. I am planing a trip to China that is only for vacation, can I use my business visa or do I need a tourist (L) ...