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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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Well It depends where you will be entering China. If you will pass by Hong Kong or Macau before entering mainland, getting a visa there would be the best option. It took me about an hour the last time i got one issued at the Macau border(through CTS agency - https://www.ctshk.com/english/useful/chinesevisa.htm, which you can find in HK as well). You 'll ...


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If you fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Shenyang, Dalian, or Xian and fly out of the same airport (with an onward ticket that you must show when you land), you are allowed a 72-hour visa-free transit. That's a pretty long time and you'll be able to see the main attractions in whichever city you choose. There's a special ...


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Yes, gutter oil is also a problem in Taiwan. There's an article in Today's New York Times (September 19, 2014), Taiwan’s ‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal Since Sept. 4, the Taiwanese authorities have been struggling to control a food scare caused by 645 tons of adulterated cooking oil produced by the Chang Guann Company and distributed to more than 1,200 ...


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I wouldn't worry about it. There are two basic kinds of traditional Chinese teapots: clay and metal. Clay teapots may indeed well use lead in the glazing, but the glazing is always on the outside of the pot, and will not thus come into contact with the tea. But if this isn't enough for you, just buy a simple, unglazed teapot. Metal teapots, at least the ...


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I can tell you out of my own experience that I (as a caucasian tourist) was not allowed to board a flight in Hotan (Xinjiang province) heading to Urumuqi because I had decorative knives in my checked-in luggage. They were about 13cm long with the grip and very nicely decorated. I did not have any in my carry on. On check-in they X-Rayed the luggage and ...


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I cannot tell you the exact official position (or the N official positions as the case may be) but I can give you some useful personal anecdotal input. Short: You are extremely unlikely to have any problems at all if you are otherwise sensibly behaved. If you did happen to incur the wrath of the authorities I would not be overly surprised if a statute ...



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