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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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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,...
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Where can I use Apple Pay in China?

How good is the coverage of Apple Pay in China? Obviously not as good as Alipay. But is it useful?
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Is it useful to buy a prepaid SIM card at HK airport but use it in the mainland?

I will travel to China via Hong Kong airport (stopover only). I will stay there for 4 months. I heard that it could be useful to purchase a SIM card at the HK airport because you can use it in the ...
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Shenzhen 5-Day Visa on Arrival from Hong Kong

We'll be in Hong Kong for 10 days and planned to spend 5 of those days in Shenzhen using the 5 day Visa On Arrival (VOA) program for the Shenzhen area. I have a couple of concerns regarding the VOA ...
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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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Can I apply for a Schengen visa from my home country when I have a residence permit in another country?

I am a Chinese citizen holding a valid Chinese passport and currently in China. However I have a residence permit (X visa) in India as my husband is Indian. Is it true that I can only apply for a ...
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Using APEC Business Travel Card on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

I'm seriously considering applying for an APEC Business Travel Card, and would like to use it for a Trans-Mongolian Railway journey, entering Russia by air at Irkutsk and China by train at the ...
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Do stateless people need a visa for a layover in China?

I'm flying to Thailand with a US Travel Document and a visa for Thailand. I have a 7-hour layover in China. Should I be good with the 24-hour China visa exemption or should I attempt to get a visa for ...
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Chinese F visa for doing research for short term (2 months)

I am trying to go to China to do research for a short period (~2 months). It seems the visa type I should apply is "F". I got an invitation letter from the supervisor in China saying that he is ...
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Can I apply for a tourism visa for my next trip to China while still in China?

Here is a situation: I first travel to China without visa, and while staying there apply for a tourism visa, which should be used on the next entry. After getting the visa, depart China to enter one ...
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Does the high-speed train from Chongqing to Chengdu depart from Chongqing or Chongqing North station?

I am travelling from London to Chengdu and noticed that the flights to Chongqing are much cheaper (often by several hundred pounds) than flights to Chengdu. I would like to fly to Chongqing and take ...
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Day trip to a coffee farm in Yunnan [closed]

I'm planning to travel to Yunnan and would like to tour a coffee farm. There are visits included in longer tours, e.g. here or here. However, I would like to book this as a day trip. Are there farms ...
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Flying to Thailand from US with a visa, with layover in Canada. Do I need more visas?

I'm flying to Thailand from the US with a US Travel Document I-327 (I'm a US Permanent Resident). I'm getting a visa for Thailand and just found out I have a layover in Vancouver BC. Do I need a visa ...
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Will Hainan Airlines provide me with a new shrink-wrapped blanket or should I take my own?

I’m soon to be travelling via Hainan Airlines from Manchester to Beijing and wonder whether packing my own blanket would be worth it if I can get a new one on the plane. Would save me loads of ...
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Converting Chinese spouse visa to work visa [closed]

I am a Pakistani passport holder. I'm currently in China on a spouse visa. I want to apply for a work visa now. Can I go to Hong Kong to apply for this visa or do I need to go back to Pakistan and ...
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Can I transit through Guangzhou into Beijing from Melbourne to Almaty and still get visa-free transit?

My current plan is to go from Melbourne, Australia to Almaty, Kazakhstan. I am an Australian citizen. The flight itinerary is shown below, but it transits through Guangzhou and I noted that Wikipedia (...
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Can I exit the airport on a layover in China?

I am a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport, I am considering a flight with an overnight layover in Chengdu. I am just looking for a place to crash. Will I be able to stay in a hotel? How will I ...
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Getting from Pudong Airport to Pudong Avenue area at night

This is kind of an inverse of What is the best way to go to Pudong Airport from downtown Shanghai at night?. My flight lands late enough that metro is closed (and on December 31st!), and I need to get ...
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Can I remove an “attention” sticky note in my passport?

I just got a Chinese visa sticker in my passport. On the page opposite of the Chinese visa, there is a sticker that reads: Attention An expired US passport with a valid Chinese visa is good for ...