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I'm considering travelling with my sister (both British citizens) from the UK to China later this year. Mostly likely we would fly into a big city (Beijing/Shangai) and travel around somewhat from there by plane or rail, flying back to the UK from the same location.
From what I can tell from the Chinese embassy website, we would need an "L" type tourist visa, which seems to be relatively easy to apply for (just need hotel reservation and flight tickets).
However, I'm wondering if therefore the hotel reservation needs to be valid for the whole journey before we apply for the visa. Does the whole itinerary therefore need to be confirmed/planned?
In addition, I understood that in the past there were restrictions on foreigners travelling around China. Is this true, or do we mostly have freedom to travel where we want within China? (using our passports as ID, of course, if needed).