We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is: can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advance?

I usually never know when I arrive somewhere or in this case when I will be ready to leave China, so ideally I don't want to make any advance bookings except when the prices are significantly cheaper.

I don't have a vehicle and I don't know yet which of the ferry routes I will use.

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    Don't you need to have some sort of proof to show you will certainly leave China again, when you apply for your visa? I just applied for my visa last week and I needed to give that info + a copy of my flights. Or do you have multiple entries on your visa and this will just be a temporarily leave?
    – Lewis
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 11:14
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    So far I entered China three times, but every time overland. I never had an onward ticket and was never asked for one. This may be different at an airport. I will enter China again overland in a few weeks but I haven't got my visa yet. Commented May 7, 2015 at 12:53
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    Oh I didn't know you can just do that. Just out of curiosity, what do you fill in as itinerary and what do you show them when applying for a visa? Since I had to give my flight tickets (Sorry for the question in the question)
    – Lewis
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 13:24
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    Thinking about it, all three visas I've done through a travel agency and they never asked for an itinerary. Last year I had to extend my visa while in China and had to give an itinerary. I put down a few major cities and Hong Kong as my exit point. That's always an option. Commented May 7, 2015 at 14:04
  • It looks like Weidong Ferry requires reservations, I see something about "Reservations are valid until 24 hours before departure"... not entirely sure what they mean by "valid" though.
    – Jeff B
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 14:43

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I finally got to Qingdao which is one of several Chinese port cities that have ferries going to South Korea.

I went to the ferry terminal in the morning and managed to get a ticket for the afternoon sail of the same day without a problem.

That doesn't mean the ferry will never be fully booked, but from what I understood, that is not a very common case.

So no advance reservation was required.

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