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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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Is "gutter oil" a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
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Maps mobile app for China with offline feature

Is there a reliable mobile maps app for Android that works well in China and has an offline feature? Baidu Maps appears to work well, but the interface is only in Chinese, so I am struggling with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can a Tibet Travel Permit be issued with Chinese visa in an expired passport?

I'm organising a trip to China including a visit to Lhasa in Tibet for a group of four people this April. Most of the trip is now booked, but a possible problem has come to light. One of our group ...
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Do Chinese citizens require a visa to go to Hong Kong for less than 7 days?

I and my girlfriend (a mainland Chinese citizen) are planning to visit Hong Kong from Malaysia (where we both have MSC working visas), and will also be returning to Malaysia. I have been surprised at ...
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How can I set Baidu Maps for iOS in English?

I'm going to China (Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai) and I'm looking for an alternative to Apple Maps and Google Maps for walking and public transport itineraries. Because : I'm not sure ...
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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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Are foreigners targeted in the Xinjiang / Uyghur related violence in Western China?

Recently here has been a fairly steady occurrence of violent events in Xinjiang or attributed to separatists from Xinjiang in other parts of the country. Perhaps the biggest or most known took place ...
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Is it possible to purchase Iranian Rial in China?

A friend of mine in China is looking for a place to buy Iraian Rial (IRR). I know that in the west Iran is financially blockaded so presume that this is one of the currencies that is not dealt with ...
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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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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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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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Traveling to a country known for mass surveillance. How can I protect my data/privacy?

In the next year I will likely go to China, USA and a couple other countries. Both China and the US are known to sometimes take your electronics when arriving and searching them, possibly even ...
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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 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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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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China visa free entry with Turkish stamp in passport

I've read a lot of stories that people with Turkish stamps in their passports get rejected at the airport in China. There's a few connecting flights which are really affordable from the UK, but ...
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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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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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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 it possible to travel between India and China by rail?

India and China both have extensive national rail networks. Is it possible to travel by train/rail between India and China? I have found several articles (e.g. at The Hindu and at India Today) ...
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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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Chinese citizen, transit through Hong Kong then Singapore to a third country

I'm a Chinese citizen (PRC) and I currently reside on the United Kingdom (LTR Residence). I'll be going to China later this year and I'd like to visit Hong Kong and Singapore before I return to the ...
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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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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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What is the closest city I can go from a bullet train departing from Beijing?

In my country, we don't have high-speed bullet trains and I have no previous experience riding a bullet train either. I have a one week vacation in Beijing (both arrival and departure in Beijing PEK ...
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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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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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The Great Wall of China: Where should I start a visit?

The Great Wall of China is more than 6000 kilometers long. So if I want to see that wall, where should I start my visit? What are typical places to see the wall? I'm interested in places that offer a ...
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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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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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US citizen, traveling to Shanghai with Taiwan layover then a trip to Taiwan NOT for a layover. Do I need a visa?

I will be traveling to Shanghai for 4 days from NYC through Taipei. My layover is long, about 9 hours. I will be traveling back to Taipei but this time I won't be on a layover, but rather will travel ...
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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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What happens to Chinese citizens who are born with dual citizenship?

I saw in the answers to this question that Chinese citizens who gain other citizenships later in life are required to relinquish their Chinese citizenship, and that naturally provoked a degree of ...
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What are my transport options from Macau Airport to downtown Macau?

What's the best way to get from MFM airport to Macau (for definiteness, the area near Vasco da Gama Garden) around 6:30 PM on a weekday? According to this website, there are free shuttles. But that ...
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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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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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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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