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Finding suitable souvenirs for office distribution (会社用バラマキお土産) is a problem of every Japanese traveller, but this article in Japanese has lots of tried and tested ideas for Beijing. To quickly summarize: China-only variants of Japanese candy, like banana milk or wine & chocolate Pocky. Even Chinese packaging of "normal" Japanese candy is unusual and ...


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The trains you want are either "G trains" or "C trains". They are both rated at up to 350 kph but G designations are for longer distances and C for shorter routes. Some information on types and speeds here "Shorter" is relative. You can get 2 hours G train journeys. The above page notes G – High-Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train This is the ...


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China Transit Visa (G): (Updated: 2015/03/18) Visas are not required of aliens, who hold final destination tickets and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport. No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from ...


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I would worry less about the Shanghai-Beijing train being full than the Hong Kong-Shanghai train - unless you travel over Chinese new year or another holiday. There are trains in intervals of 10-40 minutes and should allow you to at least get on the next train in case the current one is full. There is a website that lets you check the availability of seats ...


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Personally I didn't plan much, just went with the flow, but that depends on how much freedom you have. Work out how much time you have. Bear in mind that a Russian tourist visa is 30 days, but you can get a Business visa for tourist purposes (I had zero problems) and that's valid for 60 days, multiple entry. Work out your budget. Hostels are pretty cheap ...


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Generally, Hep B is the more common disease in Asia, however that does not mean that there is a significantly lower risk for Hep A. A general overview of the various types of Hepatitis can be found at this link. I have not found any recent epidemics published in China, however, they have happened in recent history (a paper discussing one in 1990 here (PDF))...


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As with everything else in China - if you go to a place that is opened for tourists, be prepared to see a lot of them. You can usually avoid the hordes by going on a weekday (as opposed to weekend), avoiding national holidays, going early in the morning and picking a place that is less-known (pick #3, #4, ... place as opposed to #1, #2 place). That being ...


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I took the novel step of calling Air New Zealand, and they said the flight was booked directly through them even though he used webjet.co.nz (which was why I was reluctant to call them in the first place) the flight is connecting and he will be issued tickets and have his bag checked through from his point of departure.


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At Beijing Airport you will easily find your way around. All signs are bilingual (Chinese/English). You cannot really mis where you need to go. I cannot vouch for the staff, however. Forget visiting the city. If you have a 6-hours layover, you want to be back at the airport 2 hours before. Getting to the city center (i.e. Tiananmen Square) will take you at ...


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Airport in Beijing is international. All signs used Chinese and English. Airport staff mostly able to speak English. Road from airport to city center will takes about 20 minutes on Airport Express. You will have enough time to make a small walk or get a delicious dinner. Near Dongzhimen station you can find a lot of good shopping centers. Airport Express ...


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Yes you should be fine to go but know your limits. A quick Google Image search for "Great Wall Jiankou" will give you a good idea where you will find images like this and others of people climbing fallen sections of the wall there. The Lonely Planet is rather brief: "40-minute walk uphill from the drop off ... to a fork in the path among the trees that ...


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When I was in Beijing in 2012 Sunday was not really a big deal. Maybe some shops open a little later, but generally they're all open. I would advice against buying gadgets in general markets like the Silk Market as they're either fake or faulty. If you absolutely need to buy electronic gadgets go to an electronics store. General markets are good for ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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I know you've already traveled, but for anyone else with the same question in the future, I'd like to give an answer. Beijing is huge and the Beijing Capital Airport is located on the north-east side of town. Tianjin is just 100 km east of the Airport; or about a 1.5 hour taxi ride. Beijing south railway station is on the opposite side of Beijing; to go ...


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For train travel stuff your best first resource is Seat61.com, here's the relevant part for Beijing to Shanghai. From the info there (How to buy tickets) it seems you cannot book on-line directly, but you can go through a travel agent to have them book the tickets in advance. The trains do sell out, but you don't need to book months in advance (unless ...


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Author Peter Hessler visited some of the most remote parts of the Great Wall and seemed to do an excellent job of avoiding other tourists. He took measures to avoid catching the attention of the local government, though. In planning your trip, you might do well to read his account of the journey: Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory


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This rather more than a "shopping answer", hopefully. How to determine if Jade is genuine: This webpage provides an excellent discussion of types of genuine jade and of non genuine alternatives. This page is also very useful Excellent characteristics table for Jade and other materials. A pocket spectrometer is possibly a really good tool. These are ...


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When you land at 3:00 AM, you should probably take taxi. It'll cost you around $55. (I've checked the rates over a site that i own, so i'm not sure if i should share the URL. Because i don't want to get marked as SPAM) When you land at 11:00 AM, you should probably take the bus and following are the choices taken from http://www.beijing-airport-...


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I lived in Beijing for a couple months in 2008: Get there at least 20-30 minutes before sunrise, you don't need to be there much earlier but having a bit of extra padding won't hurt. I can't say for sure, but I don't think there will be much of a difference on International Workers Day. Visit the Forbidden City. It's just across the street from the square. ...


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In theory a China Mobile SIM card should be able to provide 3G services. In practice I have not been able to get my (3G only) HTC phone to access the internet via such a card. China Unicomm seems to be a better offering in the 3G field. While China Mobile supposedly provides both 2G and 3G services, in practice it is a 2G service. Buying a SIM may be best ...


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Wangfujing shopping street is the most famous for visitors--nice environment, adjacency to the Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City, clean street bars, and backstreet traditional snack bars, etc. Xidan shopping area is most popular for the local youth. There are quite some modern shopping malls with comfortable shopping environment. Qianmen and Dashilan ...


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The bullet trains from Beijing to Shanghai are very comfortable (like business class on a big plane) and not at all overcrowded (cheaper/slower trains will be very crowded and will take days to get there), but you should try to book in advance. They only allow purchasing of tickets a maximum of 7 days in advance so you have to time it correctly. Tickets ...


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The legal answer, as you've already found out, is "no": 4、Are the foreign visitors who completed 72-hour visa-free transit procedures and entered into China permitted to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities? 72-hour visa-free transit foreign visitors are not permitted to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities during their 72-hour visa-free ...


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I assume that since AirNZ and BA don't code share, your trip is on two separate tickets. This might be a problem. The best bet is to ring AirNZ and ask them about the luggage being checked through. If it's not, you're going to have to clear immigration (with a visa) pick up his bag, check in to his second flight, and go through security again. This can take ...


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This is an incomplete answer as unfortunately I have no experience about the BeiJing - TianJin connection. In general your considerations seem sensible to me, here are some remarks though: Chinese trains can get full and fully booked for days around the major holiday weeks. May 1st is a holiday so there might be increased travel the day after but it is ...


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Regarding pricing Rome2Rio gives a similar price estimate of RMB200-240. But given that timing is crucial for you, you should probably arrange a driver beforehand who will then wait for you at the wall and take a nap while you hike around and then take you back into town. I find it unlikely that this would even cost that much more than twice your price ...


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I wanted to leave this as a comment but it's running long. I ultimately decided not to go to see the sunrise. It seems the best option for doing so is to stay overnight on or near the wall (perhaps staying at Mu'tian'yu Great Wall [暮田峪长城]). A few tidbits of further advice that I picked up in the process of coming to this decision: My initial enthusiasm ...


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He'll be fine. Even switching airlines you can usually get the bag checked through. As for changing flights, this should be possible in transit, and even if he has to leave, assuming he's on a NZ passport: Chinese Transit Visa(G): Visas are not required of aliens, who hold final destination tickets and have booked seats on international airliners ...


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'How bad' is hard to argue as it varies from day to day. But regularly in recent times it's been in the news for having awful levels, especially concerning to the athletes and spectators in the 2008 Olympics. In summer it can be worse as the hot sun aggravates the situation. Others like you with similar concerns have asked the same questions and found some ...


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China is notorious for having much heavier tourism during public holidays. I would expect much more people than the other days. Here is an image from the 2012 labor day flag raising: This here is from the forbidden city 30th April 2012: And this here from the great wall May 1st: I would therefore strongly advise you NOT to go there before 4th of May. You ...



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