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Requiring an extra visa or exit permit from citizens is not very common today but historically, that's why passports were invented (and not to restrict immigration) and the reason for that is simple: a large population was seen as the bedrock of power. You need many young people (and especially men) for labor-intensive industries and for the army. In many ...


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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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I've been to China with a UAE stamp in the same passport. No problem was raised. I don't particularly see why there would be a problem? China and the UAE have pretty good relations. So in answer to your question - yes, it IS possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in your passport.


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Here is a really interesting site that attempts to explain all the problems that Chinese citizens suffer in order to travel abroad: http://www.why-so-hard-chinese-travel-abroad.com/ Much of it seems to be down to difficulty and cost of acquiring a passport and visas. Passport acquisition: Requires multiple visits to home province irrespective of where the ...


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First of all, on most flight search websites, when specifying Shanghai as your destination, search is for both Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong airport (PVG). With some exceptions domestic flights tend to arrive at SHA while international flights (and all inter-continental flights to my knowledge) are headed to PVG. Notable exceptions of international flights to ...


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This statue is in Heihe (黑河), Heilongjiang, China, on a riverside promenade on the south side of the Amur River, opposite the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to the north. Here's a random visitor's album of other sights in the vicinity, and here are a few more views of the statue: http://www.qyhbds.com/Product/xiaoyuandiaosu/3068.html http://www.mychery....


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There is no SanXingDui art museum in Chengdu, you have to go to GuangHan. The "museum" displayed by google maps is a store. Source: I asked friends. They confirm that the place in the streetview below at the location reported by google is a store and that the real museum is the one out of town in GuangHan. Details: Google does report a SanXingDui art ...


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It's because China manages its air traffic by routing flights along relatively narrow air corridors. For a discussion, see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/explained-flight-delays-china-todd-siena.


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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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Hopefully this wont provoke any politically charged responses, but I believe it (at least to some minor extent) has to do with keeping Chinese people in China. It's very well known that the living conditions in some parts of China, and in some professions (think factory workers) are very bad compared to most of the western world. If you look at ...


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The area next to Hong Kong-China Boundary in Hong Kong is Frontier Closed Area. Only permitted people can access it. If you want to cross the boundary, the cheapest way is Huangbus (皇巴士) from Huanggang Port to San Tin Public Transport Interchange. It costs $9 HKD, paid by cash or Octopus card. Dont expect to hitchhike in GuangDong. Each year many drivers ...


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No, you can not do this, at least on most trains and as long as you want to do everything officially. You will need to go to a ticket office and buy an additional ticket for the needed segment. There are many reasons for this, but one is very simple: the conductor simply has no means to find out whether there are any tickets left on the second segment, or ...


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A bit of advice to choose and use a good VPN in China: Don't pick the most famous VPN services, since they get blocked more often Choose one that offers different protocols to switch between. Register to the VPN before going to China. If it is free, the bandwidth probably won't be very good and might be unstable. So yes, it is worth paying for it. ...


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Well this is a shocker for me but it seems like Australia got around to implementing this much more quickly than I would've expected. An article I just found on an expat forum states that China was added to the list exactly one week ago: Australia has added China to the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for Work and Holiday Visas. ...


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As a US citizen, you do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong SAR for a short visit of up to 90 days. You do, however, need a visa to visit mainland China. As you are visiting family, you may be able to apply for the Q2 family visit visa, which allows you to remain for up to 180 days. You will need to have at least a double entry visa, as when you visit HK, ...


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Been there, done that, in 2008. Maybe closer to 250 than 270, but I was not worried about the bunk collapsing. I've seen couples in bunks, so it holds two (smaller) people. I was more concerned with fitting in the bunk. I don't know why I was assigned the topmost bunk.


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Because this question appears as one of the first suggestions on Google, I thought I would give an updated answer as of October 2015. You cannot access any Google services in China without a VPN or a proxy service. The only site that works is www.google.cn which I do not think many foreigners would want to use considering even the domain itself is not ...


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If you've got seven hours, I'd go for it. The city is indeed a bit of a hike away (~50 min), but since the connection is by subway, the trains are very frequent (every 5 min) and very reliable. To minimize hassle on return, make sure you have a boarding pass for your connecting flight before leaving the airport and time yourself to get back two hours ...


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I crossed back in 2012 using the Shenzhen metro (I believe it was to Lo Wu/Luohu), then walking across the checkpoint, then taking the MTR train to downtown Hong Kong, just as user Gagravarr mentions in comments. It was super-fast, easy and cheap, no Chinese language knowledge required. I do recommend getting a 1st-class MTR ticket though - it's slightly ...


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I have now received answers from two official sources, Edinburgh and London offices. It was impossible to get through to anyone in London on the phone but they responded to an email on the same day: Dear Johnny Baloney, Thank you for contacting Chinese Visa Application Service Centre. As an EU national, you are not required to provide any ...


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I went to China and didn't have a single problem. There are a few measures you can take to avoid problems: Wash your hands carefully (I guess this is applicable everywhere). Don't go and eat directly too exotic foods. Leave a bit of time to your body to get used to Asian food. Alternate food you are used to with more exotic food so that the shock for your ...


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You have plenty of options. To get a first idea look at this ethnolinguist map of China (courtesy wikipedia) and that is far too large-scale to map all the minorities that are out there. A comprehensive answer is out of scope so below I will give you some ideas. In any case you could either get on an organized tour or organize your travel by yourself. For ...


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I don't know about an online resource for these places, but I actually found them pretty easy to find in bigger cities. While walking around I often saw them, even randomly in Shanghai. What I would do is, copy this photo onto your phone and then show it to locals, or even better your hotel reception. Even without speaking any English, people were always ...


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Two days ago I took the Weidong ferry from Qingdao to Incheon, while both the Lonely Planet book and the ferry company web site state 775 CNY as the cheapest fare (economy bed) plus 30 CNY port tax = 805 CNY, the actual ticket was just 458 + 30 = 488 CNY Both China and South Korea have National holidays soon, so I don't think this was an off-season price. ...


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Talk to a flesh-and-blood travel agent, or the airline directly, and get a fully refundable fare. Most airlines offer these, but they're not necessary available online. From Shanghai, try eg. Korean Airlines.


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I would say with 99% confidence that it is a road. You don't have to follow the structure for long before you can easily identify intersections with other roads, e.g. here: 41.77533, 105.36238


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Lipulekh Pass is the only place in Uttarakhand, India where the border crossing is allowed into China. But this is allowed only for the pilgrims that are part of The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. It is very unlikely that other people (other than pilgrims) are allowed in this route.


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You can still travel by cargo ship between China and Thailand, but it is limited to 2 foreigners per ship and takes some 24 hours, as they go slow and anchor for the night along the way. This method is basically catch as catch can. The captains wait until they have a decent load then sail. So it is not something you can book in advance or check availability ...


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I did some research and while it used to be possible to get this in Macau in the past, the company most people suggested: CTS does not offer this service anymore. They suggested their Hong Kong office. I contacted a different agency in HK suggested in another post on travel.stackexchange FBT, they said they don't need hotel bookings or return flights. ...


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There is no state level law that to regulate the foreigners to stay in special hotels. According to §39 Foreigners Entry and Exit Management Law of PRC, the hotels must register the foreign guests according to "regulations which are applied" and report the registration to local police authority. The "regulations which are applied" could be made by any ...



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