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Questions tagged [china]

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

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Passport and Visa Expiration Inquiry [closed]

I am an international student studying in China. My current visa will expire on September 25, 2018. Interestingly, my passport will expire on March 18, 2019. What can I do? I basically need a 6months ...
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Can I leave China after entering with a 000 day Z Visa and not getting a residence permit? [closed]

I entered China a couple weeks ago to work for a company, and it isn’t going well. If I attempt to quit and leave the country would I be stopped if I left with just my z visa or would I need to wait ...
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Internet censoring while roaming abroad with Chinese SIM cards?

I couldn't access Google today. I was on Swisscom's network using 4G data and here's the kicker though: I was using a China Telecom SIM card. I'm assuming that I'm not behind the GFW in Switzerland,...
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Are “Cantonese people” from Guangzhou? [closed]

I saw a documentary that seemed pretty legitimate, but at one point they referred to "Cantonese people" and it confused me. It was about modern times (~2018) so it definitely wasn't a historical ...
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South African working in China need to apply for a Schengen visa

I'm not sure how all this works but currently, I live and work in China and would like to visit Zurich. Is it at all possible to apply for a Schengen visa outside my home country and if so where can I ...
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If I obtain a Chinese tourist visa does its validity always start immediately, or can I get one that begins at a certain date in the future?

I've had a few Chinese tourist visas before, but I was always heading to China soon after getting the visa. This time I'm thinking of getting a Chinese visa at home, where I can get a pretty flexible ...
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Do US citizens need a China transit visa? [duplicate]

Do US citizens need a China transit visa to travel with two stops, in Chengdu (2.5-hour transit) and Jinan (2.15-hour transit)?
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Chinese 5-year and 10-year visa eligibility for UK citizens

For two years or so UK citizens have been eligible for 2-, 5-, and 10-year visas to China. However, despite knowing a number of people who travel to China regularly, I know no one who has received a 5-...
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Do I need to re-check my bags on a flight that connects through China?

My girlfriend and I just booked airline tickets for an upcoming trip (from the United States) to Thailand. The flight is with China Eastern airlines and has 1 stop in Shanghai. We are going to want to ...
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Is it possible for a Hungarian national to obtain a Chinese visa in The 'Stans / Central Asia?

I have a well-travelled Hungarian friend currently in Kyrgyzstan in his travels around Central Asia. He says he can't go to Mongolia overland on this trip because he can't get a visa for China unless ...
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Can bicycles be taken on the ferry from Incheon to China?

I am planning a bicycle tour through Asia and want to take my bike on the ferry from Incheon (South Korea) to China (specific city in China doesn’t matter for me). Does anyone have experience with ...
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Why does the Shanghai Maglev train cabin have a power bar and a portable fan? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for the Shanghai Maglev train depicts the train cabin: The power bar and portable fan (on the left) look slapdash, and makes me doubt this train's safety.
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Enter China on a provincial airport like Dunhuang

I (European citizen, valid Chinese visa) am planning to fly to China from Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Dunhuang in China. Dunhuang is not offically an international airport. The journey would be in two ...
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Shanghai visa-free transit operations time

Next month I have a long layover, two days, in Pudong, Shanghai. Our flight arrives around 11.20 pm, meaning that most of the airport will be closed. I am planning to apply for transit without a visa....
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Night shuttle bus at Pudong Airport, Shanghai

In three weeks I have a two-day transit at Pudong Airport Shanghai. I have booked a hotel downtown (nearby Nanjing road). I will be landing at 11:20 pm and I am thinking to take the night bus ...
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Do foreigners need to buy Forbidden Palace tickets online?

We are travelling to Beijing 19th - 22nd July and wish to visit the Forbidden City. Several websites state that tickets must be purchased online. However, others also claim foreigners can buy them ...
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Where can I take Chinese visa photos in the USA?

I'm applying for a Chinese visa. Requirements Photo size: 48mmx33mm, width of head: 15mm to 22mm, height of head: 28mm to 33mm. I live in Missouri. It sucks. I tried CVS, Walgreens, Walmart. Nobody ...
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What is the official way of applying for a China visa?

I am a U.S. citizen and want to travel to China. This website claims to be official http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/ but it is not .cn and it is not .gov so I don't know if it is official and if I ...
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How to get a Hong Kong visa from mainland China?

I am a Pakistani national living in mainland China. Since a visa is mandatory for Pakistani citizens, how do I apply for a Hong Kong visa from mainland China?
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Cancelling hotel bookings after getting a Chinese visa

I am an EU citizen. I want to visit China with my Chinese girlfriend and stay a few days in a hotel and a few days at her place. In order to avoid getting a letter of invitation for a visa, I need to ...
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What is my “local ID / citizenship number” as a US citizen?

I'm applying for a visa to enter China. One of the questions asked is my "Local ID / Citizenship number". What would that be as a US citizen? 1.9 身份证/公民证号码 Local ID / Citizenship number Visa ...
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Does the boarding port need to be in the country of visa issue?

I currently have a visa to travel to China that was issued in Switzerland. But I've realized that I may be better off starting (and ending) my journey in the UK. Is this something that is allowed, or ...
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On a Chinese visa application, how strict are the hotel detail requirements?

I'm a British citizen applying for a Chinese tourist visa for a trip of 8 days, flying into and out of Beijing from the UK. The application form asks for hotel details for the entire trip, but the ...
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Why does the Chinese visa form specifically ask about visits to Turkey?

In the Chinese visa form it says Applicants who were born in Turkey or who have travelled to Turkey must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for ...
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Journey planner for finding intercity train connections in China?

Are there any search engines/journey planners that can provide intercity train connections in China? Specifically, I'm looking for something like Japan's Jorudan, which will happily suggest both ...
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Do I need any special documents when traveling to China as a Chinese citizen?

I was born and raised in Europe, and I live in a European country. But I do possess a dual citizenship (with a Hong Kong ID card and Chinese return home permit). I plan on going to China for a month ...
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Are flight tickets and travel insurance required when applying for a Russian tourism visa from China as a foreigner?

I'm in China and I'm going to applying for a Russian tourism visa. According to the Russian Embassy in China, the following documents are required for the application of tourism via: Required ...
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Hostel accommodation in China [closed]

I am from Pakistan and I am travelling with my 8-year-old son to China to study for a year in Chongqing technology and business university. Could anyone tell me how to look for family accommodation in ...
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China visit visa for unaccompanied child [closed]

Can my 7-year-old child get a visa to visit China with his Chinese teacher, without parents? His nationality is Syrian.
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Can I exit China with a Z visa within 30 days without getting the residence permit?

I have changed my plans and I will probably not work in China, but I still have a Z visa and I would like to go there for a week as a tourist. But the duration of stay in the visa says 000 days which ...
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Tourist visa to China - return ticket

I live in Europe. I will be flying to Shanghai and travelling south to Nanning for 1 month. Then I will leave to Vietnam by train. My flight back to Europe from Asia is 4 months later, so I don't have ...
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Which banks in mainland China (if any) don't charge ATM withdrawal fees

What are some banks in China whose ATMs don't charge ATM withdrawal fees if I withdraw money from a foreign VISA or MasterCard? (If all of them charge these fees, which ones charge the least?) (Or ...
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Where in Beijing can I get a Yellow Fever vaccine and certificate?

An ICVP can be required for international travel. Where can a non-Chinese national get a vaccine and certificate in Beijing?
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Do I need a visa to transit via Shanghai for a Tokyo side trip?

I am a USA French dual national. I am travelling for my univeristy job in France to Shanghai for an event. All is paid by the Chinese sponsor (my round-trip flight Paris-Shanghai). They only offer a ...
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How to travel between Macau Peninsula and Taipa?

What is the best way to get from Macau Peninsula to Taipa and vice versa? Also, is it possible to do that late (say around 1am)?
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Are Australian 35x45mm passport photos accepted for Chinese visas? [duplicate]

The Chinese embassy in Australia publishes a very strict set of guidelines regarding acceptable passport photos. They vary subtly but distinctly from the rules for regular passport photos in ...
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Invitation letter for M visa (China) when the itinerary is not fixed

I'm going to apply for a Chinese M visa (for business purposes) and I will have to give an invitation letter from the business entity I'm going to visit in China. This letter will include my complete ...
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Can I use 2 different nations' passports in China to circumvent visa restrictions?

I am in China and want to stay longer. I already have the maximum amount of visas in my passport A (I can get only 3 times "one month port office visa" from Hong Kong) so I cannot get an additional ...
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Can a European apply for a Chinese tourist visa at the consulate in Macau?

Can a Spanish national with a valid passport who is in Macau as a tourist apply at the Chinese consulate in Macau for a tourist visa? I was reading information online but seems the rules change quite ...
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UK Marriage Visitor Visa - questions [closed]

I have decided to get married to my partner. We've been together for two years, living in China as she is a Chinese national and I'm a British national. Currently, we do not fit the requirements for a ...
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Travelling to China / Hong Kong with criminal conviction from Australia

I am looking to travel to Hong Kong then China for business, from Australia. I applied for, and received an Australian passport. I have a prior conviction in 2011 for which I was sentenced to 2 years ...
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Routing Query - China and Mongolia from India [closed]

My traveller is an Indian passport holder and he has a single-entry Chinese visa for a month. His routing is as follows: Delhi (DEL) -x Guangzhou (CAN) - Beijing (PEK) // (Surface) // Ulaanbatar (...
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Traveling from Shanghai's Pudong airport (PVG) to Hangzhou

In April I will land at Shanghai's PVG airport in the late afternoon and attempt to then get to Hangzhou that evening. I don't speak Mandarin and I will have been flying for 20 hours, so I expect to ...
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Can I go to China after I overstayed in Hong Kong?

I'm a Philippine citizen. I overstayed in Hong Kong last year for 9 months. I just came back here. I am planning to go with my boyfriend to China for 10 days. Can I apply for a tourist visa in China ...
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Where on earth is this? (Apricot, cherry and azalea blossoms in South-West China)

BBC News put out this video: Blossom in south-west China captured by drone Apricot, cherry and azalea blossom create a stunning landscape in south-west China. South-west China is a big area ...
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Can I use a valid Chinese visa in my expired UK passport if I have renewed my passport?

I have a 2-year multiple-entry Chinese visa that is still valid in my now expired UK passport. I now have a new passport, and need to know if I need to get a new visa or I can use the old one. I see ...
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Shorter term Chinese visa

I've been to China a few times, and the last time I applied for a visa (two years ago), there was no option for duration. You just give them (the Chinese visa service in London) your credit card ...
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In practice, are Chinese tourist visa applications processed in four working days?

I intend to travel to China as a tourist in a little bit over two months. My nationality (German) means that I require a visa. I will be applying from my place of residence, i.e. from the Osaka ...
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Transit in Korea without a visa

I am a USA valid visa holder. I want to go from Dhaka to China to Korea (2 days) to China (4 days) to Los Angeles. Then come back, fly to New York to China to Dhaka. Am I eligible to enter Korea ...
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Does the Chinese transit visa exemption apply to cruises?

Since December 2017, a visa is not required anymore for people going to China in transit, coming from one country, leaving to another country. I checked that mine and my wife's nationality are covered,...