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People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country and the largest in East Asia (capital: Beijing).

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Can Chinese citizens currently leave China for tourism?

Chinese citizens currently cannot extend their passport or apply for a new passport unless they have an essential reason for leaving the country (source, for example). This begs the question — what if ...
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China visa for children with one Chinese parent; moving to China with children

I am married to a Chinese citizen. We have two children born in Sweden; one was born before my wife got permanent residence and the other child was born after she got permanent residence. We applied ...
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Where can I find a map of the Underground City (Beijing)?

Dìxià Chéng ("Underground City") is a network of bunkers covering around 85 km² under Beijing where 100k to 1M people live. Where can I find a map of it? E.g., tunnels, entrance points, ...
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Can you have an extendable baton in China?

I'm planning on buying an extendable baton for self defense (most likely never going to have to use it). I'm just curious if I'm allowed to have one in China since in the United States it's allowed. I ...
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When did/does the Trans-Mongolian pass through Datong?

On July 8th 2018, I took train K4 departing at 07:30 local time from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and arriving at 14:30 the next day in Beijing, China. The schedule bolted to the wall of my train (pictured) ...
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China - Binhai - Aircraft Carrier Amusement park - Hands on or just looking only?

I have heard about an Amusement Park in Binhai (near Tianjin, I think) where one can visit a decommissioned aircraft carrier. In it are soviet era keepsakes and a whole assortment of military ...
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Long stay visa requirement for Chinese citizen married to a Romanian citizen

My wife is Chinese and I’m Romanian. We currently live in Beijing, but are planning to fly to Romania in February, where she will get the residence permit. After that, we want to travel for 6-12 ...
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Name spelling is different in passport and educational documents

My name in my passport, Ielts certificate is Zakiya Khan Hakim Khan, whereas in all educational documents it is Zakia Hakeem Khan. kindly guide me what should I do in this case? will they refuse me ...
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Does receiving a student visa replace my existing business travel visa? (China)

Does receiving a student visa replace my existing business travel visa? Is it possible to hold two visa types simultaneously? I still hold a now rare 10 year multiple entry "M" business ...
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Why is air travel to China currently (May 2021) 4x the usual price?

For the past 15 years, round-trip economy flights from San Fransisco to Shanghai have been close to $1000-1500 per person. Currently the summer prices are between $3500 and $4500 per person. Looking ...
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How to get Chinese vaccines in Europe

I'm a Norwegian citizen who wants to travel to China for work-related reasons. I have taken the Pfizer vaccine, but it is currently not recognized by China. The only way to get a work visa in China ...
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US citizen traveling to China on Q2 visa - COVID19

My Q2 visa (for visiting relatives in China) dates from 2015 and will be valid until 2025. At the start of the COVID19 pandemic, every visa that had been issued before a certain date in 2020 became ...
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Does "2 days" before departure mean 48 hours for the COVID-19 tests to enter China, or does only the day of the COVID-19 tests matter?

IATA for China states: Negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. ...
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If I am going from Shenzhen to HK airport for an outbound flight, what are the covid specific rules and what airlines can I actually fly with

I am aware that sky pier and ferry service are open for SZ to HK at the moment, but not sure about the exact procedures and eligible airlines. The part of "upstream check in services" from ...
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Query for China Travelling [closed]

In this Covid Situation, Chinese Nationals stranded in India. What is the best route we can give them to travel to their own country?
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What is special about the area 30 km west of Beijing?

A geocaching map of the Beijing area, shows an unusual pattern: Almost all the geocache sites (green circles) are clustered in an area 30 km or so to the west of Beijing, with almost no sites in the ...
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Crossing the Chinese border with a 50cc bike

I am planning to travel around in Asia a bit with my 50cc Simson, Ive heard that it is quiet a trouble to bring a car/motorcycle into China and it costs a lot of money and there is a lot of paperwork ...
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Can one purchase train passes in China, or is one supposed to buy tickets one by one?

Some rail networks have passes, e.g. Eurail and Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), which can in some cases be financially advantageous. Does China have any such train passes with some potential financial ...
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Is there any downside in purchasing high-speed train tickets in China via the official website, instead of third-party agencies?

I read that high-speed train tickets in China might be purchased online either via the official website or some third-party agency such as chinahighlights.com or china-diy-travel.com. Is there any ...
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Do high-speed trains in China have an area that can be used to make audio/video calls?

I read on this answer by iBug: Speaking loudly or playing your media out loud (music / videos / TikTok etc.) is generally frowned upon in public places, particularly in closed areas like train cabins ...
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Is the Wi-Fi in high-speed trains in China reliable and fast enough for audio or video conferences?

http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1218/c90000-9305770.html (mirror) states: Full Wi-Fi internet coverage will be offered on all high-speed trains in China, following the free Wi-Fi service offered on the “...
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Why does the T109 night train from Beijing to Shanghai have such a long stop at Xuzhou?

I read on https://www.china-travel-guide.net/trains/T109/ (mirror) the following schedule for the T109 night train from Beijing to Shanghai: Station No. Station Name Arrive Time Depart Time Stop Time ...
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Is the boarding process/time the same for any train in China, or does the bullet train have its special boarding process?

chinadiscovery.com (mirror) specifies the boarding process for high-speed trains in China as follows: Is that boarding process/time the same for any train in China, or does the bullet train have its ...
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Does it take one hour to board a bullet train in China, and if so, why?

I see on travelchinaguide.com (mirror): According to this image, one needs 1h for boarding the bullet train. Is that accurate, and if so, why does it take so long?
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Is the bullet train in China typically cheaper than taking a domestic flight?

Is the bullet train in China typically cheaper than taking a domestic flight? (assume the passenger is flying economy) I read some conflicting reports, e.g. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
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Chinese International student wanting to enter US on F-1 Visa

My girlfriend wants to enter the US as a Chinese citizen on a F1 visa, back to university. What are the best ways to do this? It seems like she will need to quarantine somewhere for 14 days, what ...
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Is a car with a licence plate that wasn't issued in Shanghai allowed to be driven within the Shanghai Outer Ring Expressway? Any restrictions if so?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vehicle_registration_plates_of_China&oldid=989322105#Shanghai: The initial character on licence plates issued in Shanghai is: 沪 (Hù) 沪A, 沪B, ...
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Can I enter Canada, have a COVID-19 test then continue to another country?

I'm currently in the US and need to travel to China for work purposes. The Chinese currently require the following: Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM ...
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Are there additional restrictions on domestic flights within China due to COVID-19 in November 2020?

I have a return flight from Beijing to Ningbo (11-16 November, 2020), i.e., domestic flights within China (where I live; Chinese green card). I'm not sure if it's "business as usual" with ...
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How could you take a nucleic acid test and an IgM antibody test and have it certified by an embassy 48 hours before traveling?

China has introduced new rules for traveling. The Chinese embassy in Belgium has updated their news to include a Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and ...
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Can a Chinese citizen living in Europe go to Taiwan?

Context My girlfriend is a Chinese (PRC) citizen and we are now living in central Europe. I went to Taiwan with a friend two years ago and really enjoyed it, and my girlfriend and I would like to go ...
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What is this island in the South China Sea called?

https://www.google.com/maps/@8.8654585,112.8304113,977m/data=!3m1!1e3 There are a number of islands in the South China Sea that don't have names on Google Maps. There's a list of islands here but this ...
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Where can I find chinese (Mandarin) books in Paris? [closed]

Ni Hao everyone I am searching for Mandarin learning books (or used books if possible) in Paris please. Thanks in advance ! 谢谢 Best regards
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How should Chinese citizens go about returning to China?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, flying (from Germany, but presumably also from other countries) to China is a bit complicated these days: The Chinese transportation authority only allows one flight per ...
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Is it possible for foreigners to watch rocket launches in China?

China is an active spacefaring nation, with launches scheduled on a monthly basis from four major launch sites around the country. The newest of these, in Wenchang, is even conveniently located on ...
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Are the Asian girls in this music video Chinese or Malaysian, and are they singing in Chinese? [closed]

This video: https://youtu.be/BuAULI7PbRw?t=7 They are obviously Asian, and I seem to recognize some of the letters as being Chinese. Also, the song itself seems to be a famous/classic Chinese song ...
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Unable to return home to China with my Chinese spouse

Our residence is in China. My spouse is a Chinese national but I am not (I am a UK/US dual-national). We have been visiting relatives in Europe, which is only a temporary residence for all parties ...
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US Travel Visa on Expired PRC Passport used with Hong Kong Passport

I am a Chinese national but now a permanent resident of Hong Kong. My Chinese PRC passport is expired, but it still has a valid U.S. travel visa. Can I enter the U.S. with a Hong Kong Passport using ...
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Will a Feb 2nd transit in Shanghai prevent US entry in April? [closed]

I am a Canadian passport holder,would I be allowed to enter US since my passport has China stamp from Feb 2, 2020. I had a flight that transited in Shanghai. And this April 2020 I have travel plan to ...
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Travelling by plane with a stop in China - will I be quarantined?

I am going to Japan from Western Europe in March (by plane). I have a stop in Shanghai (~2h. long so I'll stay in airport). Due to the Coronavirus related protective measures, will I be quarantined ...
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Concerned about starting graduate school in Hong Kong

I am an international student, supposed to start graduate studies this Fall in Hong Kong, mid August onwards. With the ongoing 2019 novel-CoV (Corona Virus) crisis in Hong Kong, I am getting concerned ...
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Flight Germany to China operated by Chinese airline, still cancelled?

I have booked flight KLM 4303 from Frankfurt to Beijing. All KLM flights to Beijing have been suspended until 15 March 2020. But on my online ticket it says that my flight is operated by China ...
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Travel through Chinese/Korean immigration/customs individually or together?

Me and my friend booked our flights from LAX to ICN together and have a layover in PEK Beijing. When we go to the immigration and customs counters, would we approach them individually or together? ...
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Does the U.S. novel coronavirus ban affect those who've been to areas claimed by China but administered by India?

Per What are the current travel restrictions on individuals entering the United States from regions affected by novel coronavirus? (emphasis added): The 14-day rule does not apply the Special ...
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Does the USA Coronavirus 2019-nCoV travel ban in China include Taiwan? [duplicate]

I plan on traveling to Taiwan soon. Trying to understand the scope of the travel ban. Flights have not been cancelled.
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Will I get a refund if I book a flight to China and it's cancelled because of the Coronavirus?

I'm supposed to be travelling to China in late April and I'm happy to do so but wonder if the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV continues it's path of destruction and further lock downs and cancellations occur, ...
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Can I claim on my travel insurance if a country closes its border?

North Korea has closed its border to foreign tourists due to the new coronavirus. I had a tour booked in March, I have been told I will get my deposit back from the tour company if the border is not ...
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Economy hotel chains in China [closed]

I am looking for domestic brands of economy hotels in China that are similar to, say, Ibis in Europe (i.e. roughly in the 3-star range). I would expect them to have locations in most medium-size and ...
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passport validity for travel to China

I have Chinese visa valid up to 14th Feb 2020 and I am entering China in 12th February for 6 days and coming back. My passport expires in 24th April 2020 can I travel on same passport ?
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Chinese citizen, Canadian permanent resident visiting Taiwan from China, is Hong Kong the only way?

My mother is a permanent resident of Canada and a Chinese citizen. She booked a plane ticket to China. If she gets a visa on her Chinese passport from the Taiwanese consulate in Toronto, then flies to ...
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