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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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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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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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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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Per GCMap, the route flies clearly south of Japan's Okinawa island chain, and thus does not enter the ADIZ. Of course actual flight routings will vary from the ideal great circle route, but usually not by much. (courtesy Great Circle Mapper) Also, Singapore has stated that they will file flight plans with Chinese authorities. Not entirely sure if this ...


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Living in China 10+ years I can tell you with confidence that you will not get into trouble for using a VPN. Chinese people themselves also don't get into trouble for using one. (Promoting or sharing a VPN is a different matter obviously.) I wouldn't waste my time finding actual laws, for two reasons: Laws in China are interpreted differently than in the ...


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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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Yes, you are usually required to submit flight and hotel reservations. They do not have to be paid reservations, so you can cancel them afterwards. (VisaRite has some handy samples of what is accepted.) Nobody will care once you're in China as long as you stay out of sensitive regions in western China (Tibet, Tibetan bits of other provinces, Xinjiang, ...


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What I can tell you is that the road is actually open and looks very good. It's all the way through, even the last leg from Sainshand to Zamyn udd just opened 6 days ago. Further, in this presentation on page 17 created by an official of the road development body of Mongolia, before the construction was finished, it is mentioned that the average travel time ...


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This information is correct. Same if you apply for one in Hong Kong. To translate what this is: You need to own real estate in China OR be married to a Chinese person OR have received two single-entry visas before AND you have to be able to prove either of those. If you cannot, you will receive a single-entry visa to China only. Once you've used that, ...


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In China, the EEB (Exit-Entry Bureau) branch of the PSB (Public Security Bureau) works together with local police to keep track of foreigners in the country. When you stay in a hotel, the hotel is required to forward your passport details to the local police. If you stay in a private residence, you are required to register yourself in the household register ...


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I assume you are applying for your first tourist (L) visa. I did provide my hotel for my very first visa (a double entry), however for subsequent visas (such as the one year version) I have not been asked by my agent to provide any itinerary at all. Also note that the Chinese visa requirements can change at short notice. My experience is current, and other ...


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It primarily depends on where you apply for a visa and secondarily on what your nationality is. Visa requirements for China differ from embassy to embassy. Typically, in 'the west' they are less strict. You will, most likely be asked to hand over your flight plan, with proof, for entering and leaving the country and you might be asked to show some proof ...


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Offically, yes the liquid rules are in effect, the Manila International Airport Authority has a Liquids, Aerosols and Gels page but it's a mirror on a numeric IP address so I can't link it. This is the Main Site, click FAQ from there. From that page: What is the best advice to get me through security as smoothly as possible? Pack all liquids into ...


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There is no such regulation. Visa consultancies in Hong Kong do not list such a change in the list of changes that will take effect on 1st of September. There are changes regarding extensions in Shanghai that will be bound to a proof that you have enough money for each day you want to extend the visa, but this does not touch the initial visa duration. ...


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I would recommend you to get someone to write down for you how to say the proper question in Chinese, print it out and show it to people. That would bridge the language gap. From my perspective your real issue is that you do not only need a power outlet, but a chair next to it and a permission to sit there for a while and work. If you would have a working ...


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According to an international food safety blog about the issue, they mean: a green smiley face means a restaurant has exceeded inspection requirements A yellow face means the restaurant passed the inspection a red 'frowny' face means it failed. Of course, this does not tell you how stringent these requirements are. At least it means it's not 'x number ...


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First of all, Norwegian passports are relatively cheap. If you are older than 16, the passport fee is NOK 450 (appr 54€) and if you are younger, the fee is NOK 270 (appr 32€). The passport is valid for 10 years if you are older than 16, otherwise it is only issued for 5 years. According to the Chinese Embassy in Oslo, you must provide your original passport ...


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Taking sleeper trains in China is an interesting experience and one you will remember for a long time. Whither you enjoy it or not depends on the frame of mine you have. In my opinion it beats the bus on all levels and ties with flying only because flying is generally faster. Sleaper trains have the advantage of saving you a nights hotel bill and usually ...


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The information posted here is not entirely accurate as it seems either out-of-date or tending towards being very conservative. Hong Kong and Macau registered vehicles are allowed to drive on the mainland after affixing special Guangdong plates. I believe the same system applies for mainland Chinese vehicles wanting to drive in Hong Kong and Macau. In ...


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In addition to the other answers, I would like to share some of my recent experience. In the subways of the large cities, one is of course expected to offer your seat to older people or pregnant women. In contrary to the Western subways I've been in, it is also expected that you offer your seat to small children. (This probably has something to do with the ...


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No It really not rude and offensive in fact I have seen many chinese people doing it in the resturants well You may also see some people taking sip with the bowl not with the spoon. The problem with it is that when chinese people drink, they make noise like SHRRRRRR ! which is not good at all. But now as china's culture is also in evolution process so maybe ...


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As with so many cultural things in any country, there are some big no-no's that you have to avoid 100%, but there are also a lot of grey areas. Due to China being a huge country and every part of it being in a different stage of development, socially, financially, industrially etc, it is normal that you will see all kinds of behavior. And people are in ...


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China Daily ran a piece about this that I found when I searched "food safety" + "smiley face" (食品安全 + 笑脸) announcing the launch of this system in 2011 in Tianjin. When I came to Shanghai in 2009, not many restaurants had these, and Shanghai was a 1st tier city by then. I guess this system spread to 2nd tier cities by 2011, thus this article. The article ...


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The standard online Chinese travel agents (elong, ctrip) seem to be able to make bookings in Dandong, starting from Y160 (USD 26) or so for two. I realize you can get cheaper dives in many places, but doesn't that answer the question adequately? The government probably wants a bit better control in a sensitive border area.


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There is no other pass from Tajikistan directly to China which is open to tourists on the Chinese side of the border. The suggestion is generally to use Kyrgyzstan for land crossings, however, the border between Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan is currently closed. The other possibility is to use Uzbekistan as a intermediate point and then travel to Kazakhstan or ...


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I had a similar but not identical issue with a French Wii U in Japan - it also uses an external, non-switching supply, but as France is 220V and Japan is 100V I needed a step up transformer. To take your questions: Yes, Beijing is 220V 50Hz. No, the frequency difference won't cause any issues (this only really affects timing circuits) 200W is plenty as ...


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My reading of that -- and I'm obviously not a Chinese immigration bureaucrat -- is that she's probably OK without the visa, as long as you can make the trip out to be Malaysia->China->Malaysia via Hong Kong on both legs. From Malaysia to Hong Kong, as long as she claims to be going to Shenzhen or wherever, she is "in transit through Hong Kong" and "will 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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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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