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Since you're not using an agency, you'll need a credit card with a big enough limit. In order to get the confirmation in order, they will need to get the charge approved and posted to your account. When you cancel, you'll get a credit from them. Time it so that the debit and credit fall within the same billing cycle to avoid having to make a payment or ...


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Even if flexible return tickets are more expensive, it could be cheaper than two One-Way tickets, due to the way how airlines calculate their OW fares. You could also try to get a good fare which is not completely restricted (e.g. changing the date for a fee like 100$), which could still be cheaper than flexible ones, even if you add the fee.


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Here is the official visa page for the Chinese embassy in Saigon. You can download a Word doc with English instructions; for the same information in HTML form visit the Chinese consulate in Vietnam's official site, last updated 2008. Here is the English version of visa application form (PDF, direct link). In addition to the obvious forms, photos, money and ...


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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 ...


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Speaking from experience (2 double-entry visas for me, and a few multi-entry visas for someone else), there's definitely both an entry and an exit stamp for each entry. Of course, there can always be exceptions - I don't think passport stamps are ever 100% reliable - some border agents may not know all the rules, etc. Some border crossings can be really ...


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Current information for Chinese visa application process in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam as of 8 April, 2015 First the bad news. They only issue single-entry thirty-day tourist visas in HCMC, and I get the impression this will be the case also in Hanoi. (There may be a chance Vietnamese or US citizens can get other types of visas here, since those ...


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Looking at my passport, I can assure you that the standard is to stamp on each entry and on each exit - on the first empty page of the passport, not (necessarily) on the opposite page of the visa. Since multiple entry visa can last a year, and you might travel to other countries between your first and last visit on the visa, there might be other stamps and ...


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Generally speaking, you will need to have proof of onward travel within the time limit set by your visa to enter China. Airlines are preferred, though I personally have never had issues at the overland Hong Kong crossings without proof of onward travel. But on the flip side, I know people who have, and where you enter the country makes a difference in this ...


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I recently did something similar, and that included some Asian countries, including China. First hand experience: Flexible tickets tend to be much more expensive than a round trip fixed fare. I'm not sure which Airline you are flying, but Turkish Airlines, Kuwait Airlines, and Emirates are likely. All three Airliners have these flexible option, but in my ...


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Yes, they need to send someone to one of a number of possible government offices. They'll have to show a reason for inviting a foreigner, do paperwork, and pay fees. Going to the provincial capital is not necessary, but it is entirely possible that a small town wouldn't have the right office. If you'll permit me a gross over-generalization, this won't be ...


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Come on folks, it's 2015: there are better ways to do things now, and here's one. Go to the App/Play Store and install the Google Translate app, which can translate English to Chinese and back. With this installed, you can: Type - Touch the field to type in text to be translated. You will see the translation appear as you type. Camera - Tap the Camera ...


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Quite near the Forbidden City is the Foreign Language Bookshop, which I always visit when in Beijing. I am pretty sure they sell maps, absolutely sure they sell a very wide range of English source material, and don't know whether they do laminated maps. Do bear in mind that maps of China may be restricted in various ways -availability; production in English; ...


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If you only want to buy a one-way ticket to China and worry about getting the other one-way ticket when you want to leave, buy both tickets now, but have the return trip be refundable. Then, when you get to China, you can show proof of onward travel at immigration, and then later at your hotel/hostel/wherever, you can just cancel it. Then you can buy a ...


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Beijing airport shuttle starts from 5.30 AM, and there will be no buses at that time. You will need to take a taxi. I haven't been to the part of Great Wll you mentioned but I've been to Badaling and Mutiyanyu. Both are about half an hour from a bus, but again, you will have to take a taxi. Even with a bus, you will have to take 2 buses to go from Beijing ...


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Most any post office can send a parcel for you, but the cheapest method would be sea mail, which will take a fairly long time to reach your home address (possibly a couple of months). Duty that might be due upon receipt of the package will depend on where you live, as each country has different rules, and what exactly you are sending. Most countries allow ...


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I haven't yet been to China, but I am studying Mandarin. And based on my experience with the language, I don't think you'll be able to make a list that will help you recognize directional signs. Just to look at an example for the word "toilet" (which I'm sure is something you'd want to be able to find), there are many ways of describing it, 3 of which are ...


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I don't have any official information but from past experience I would say that they don't care too much about the itinerary. Last year I entered China and applied for an visa extension so I had to deal with this twice. Actually the initial visa was through an agency in Kyrgyzstan and they didn't even ask for an itinerary or exit port. For the extension I ...


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Most major airports in China have lockers that you can use. I can personally say that I know there are lockers at the Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) airports. Often these are used by people who are on a transit-visa, especially the newly implemented 72-hour free transit-visa available in some of the major Chinese metropolitan cities (including Beijing). ...


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Assuming “Europe” means EU, sending by post instead of carrying things in your luggage does have drawbacks as far as taxes and duties are concerned. Travelling by air, you have a €430 duty and VAT-free allowance. For things sent by post, the threshold for import duties is €150. VAT depends on the country but might need to be paid even for postal consignment ...


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If you go to the local post office, you should be able to get all the infos you need. I travelled to china some years ago and staid there for 3 months, basically I had the same problem. I just went to a post office and asked for infos.



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