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This may be due to the long Time To First Fix. Indeed, I recently learned that recent smartphones use mechanisms called "Assisted GPS" in order to get a location based on GPS reception. The idea is that if you use your GPS in an area you haven't been before, the GPS would take some time to find and interpret the signal, mostly because of the slow download ...


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This is very common in many airports around the world, someone who is trying to make a living by driving people form the airport and offering their services. Usually they are tourist traps and they will try to take as much as they could from you, unless you know how to deal with them. Their services vary, they can be taxi drivers, they do offer ...


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IKeelYou's answer is excellent for the general case, but I'd like to add some specifics, since you mention this is in China. This guy was trying to sell you transportation service. This is a very popular way for people with cars to make money, because just getting tags (i.e. current stickers, registration, license plates, etc.) is both expensive and ...


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Vince covers the likely explanation, but unfortunately there are several more sinister possibilities as well. Long story short, China's legislation on GPS is both really vague and in part secret: by some readings of the law all use of GPS devices is technically prohibited, and not a few cameras and other GPS-enabled devices go so far as to disable GPS ...


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Did you get some sort of receipt? Do you know exactly which kind of "security" official confiscated your item? If not, you'll have a very hard time proving anything even happened, although you can try your luck with the airport's complaints line at +86-10-96158. In any case, the airline is not responsible. Security rules are laid out by the Civil ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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I think it means "days". It's just a name of the field "days after entry" on chinese language. "Duration of each stay 090 days"


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First of all, you must be prepared to such trip - it is 4 days long from Moscow to Mongolia (with changes), and you should get some stuff like electronic books or films. Also you should think about possibilities of recharging your electronical devices - charges are available not in all trains and not at each stations. After those choices, I recommend you ...


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Painting with broad brush strokes about some very large and varied countries here, but I'd go for Japan. India I'd rule out due to the climate alone: March to May is the hot season, and it will be ferociously hot (40+ °C) in the Gangetic plains around Delhi. Of course you could head down south, but then the Taj will be off limits. And then there's the ...


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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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My experience with China's internet has been "Have a backup plan" if you need access to some services. You can use Google's Transparency Report for China to determine the current status of Google Services in PRC. As of writing, no it does not appear to be blocked. However, there are cases where it has been - and it might happen while you are there. If ...


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Any recommendations as to where? Firstly, you should choose the trains. For now, you have such options: Direct train 020Щ(sch) "Vostok" ("East") Moscow (departure at 23:55 PM every Saturday) - Beijing (arrival at l5:32 AM every Saturday), do not goes through Mongolia. Direct train 004З Moscow (departure at 21:35 PM every Tuesday) - Beijing ( arrival ...


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I'm Chinese so I can probably tell you this. As you're a foreigner they know already that you're not used to their culture. So, be yourself and you'll be fine. If anything, I guess it must be you to prepare for culture shock. As most of my foreigner friends complain about the spitting and toilets. So be prepared. Another thing is they smoke everywhere, if ...


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Being Chinese, I thought this was a rather interesting question. I personally have not heard of such a taboo, but since there are regional variants on bad Chinese gifts, this might vary with area, and is certainly not authoritative. Due to this, unless some academic publishes a research paper on the topic of Chinese taboos with properly cited information, ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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Was it ever a tourist destination? Not known for it, no. Generally tourism requires some infrastructure and base population to support it. The islands consist of five uninhabited islets and three barren rocks. This is not to say that people haven't lived there or tried to occupy in the past. They've been used at various stages as: fishing islands a ...


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You're very unlikely to get them rejected if you go through an agency, as they'll make sure you have all the right information before they submit it to the various government departments. I use http://www.visatorussia.com/ in 2008 to get a tourist visa, and this year for a 3 month double entry business visa, and both times they were fantastic. Both ...


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"天" means "days". You might be confused by the "after entry" part and thought why "天" is translated into "days after entry". This is because of Chinese word order. In English, "after entry" is placed at the end of the sentence, after the number 090; while in Chinese, it ("入境后") is placed at the beginning.


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Disclaimer / qualifier: I live in Tokyo Go to Japan. Any trip from Brazil to Asia is going to cost a lot, you may as well make the most of it. Japan has no more or less in the tourist / culture / educational areas than China or India. It wins hands-down in the environment category. tap water is drinkable anywhere (probably better than Brazil) public ...


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As I know, in Russia visas can be achived for two ways: By the invitation from some people or company in Russia, and I think this is not for you, because it not very stable way to get visa. By the touristic trip or voucher. This can be made by travel agencies. Try to choose famous one, like http://nevatravel.ru/ Also in some cities you can stay for three ...


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Unfortunately in this case common sense trumps political pride: entering Taiwan is considered leaving China, and you'll thus need a multiple-entry visa to get back to the mainland. (Incidentally, the same applies to Hong Kong and Macau.) I'm having trouble finding an authoritative source, but this random Chinese visa agent (apparently banned here, replace ...


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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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No, they won't. Unless they have specific reasons (such as a tip-off) that you are trying to smuggle illegal materials (porn, propaganda etc for distribution in China), they will not care about this. They primarily focus is on security-relevant issues and items for which you need to pay duty. I never in my life had anyone check documents, laptop, cellphone ...


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I have traveled to China about 10 times now as my wife was born there. If you are not spending your time in air-conditioned hotels and doing some independent travel I seriously suggest you take some repellant. It really depends in China where you are as to what sort of things you can buy; cities are expanding all the time; if you are in a newer section of ...


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Of course this highly depends on what you deem enjoyable. Also, if you have never experienced any sleeper train, it's hard to know whether you are in general the kind of person who would enjoy that. Having said that, I found the Chinese sleeper trains to be surprisingly comfortable. There are, however, several different classes. The Wikipedia article on ...


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Visiting India? The two other answers have been rather unwelcoming to India (one of them now deleted), and not just as an Indian, but as someone completely sold into the fact that travelling in India is extremely interesting and fun I would like to answer with a positive bias, strictly speaking I have no knowledge of the other two destinations so I am not ...


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The Chinese Emabassy in the UK site refers visa applications to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center. According to this site, they have locations in London, Manchester, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, The Hague, Brussels, Paris, Marseilles, Milan, Rome and Madrid. The terms of their online application state that applicants must be a citizen or ...


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This is what you want in Google Maps. This Phenomenon is called Danxia landform. You can see more pics here.


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Your visa will indicate how many times you are permitted to enter China under that visa. On the first line, there should be a field "ENTRIES" with a letter and a chinese character following it. If that letter is M, you are eligible for multiple entries. China also has single and double-entry visas; presumably, those would be the letters S and D respectively. ...


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Similar to one of your last questions regarding China, asking for concrete non-chinese documentation on Chinese regulations is in most cases not answerable. Why? Chinese officials are not known for transparency, rather the opposite. A lot of things, while visible at the surface through actions like stickers, blocked websites etc are extremely hard to find ...



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