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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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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 ...
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Domestic or international check in at Beijing? Flying PEK-XMN-MNL on one ticket

This is my first time not on a direct flight to my final destination. I'm flying from Beijing to Manila with a stop in Xiamen. When I check in at Beijing, does the first flight count as a domestic or ...
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What are the rules for China's visa-free transit programs?

Assuming one wants to travel through China, what are the rules for visa-free access? To be more specific: How does the 24-hour visa free transit work? How does the 72-hour version work? What does a ...
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International transit at Xi'an Airport with Hainan Air

I have a flight from Paris to Melbourne with an 11 hour layover in Xi'an airport. The carrier is Hainan Air. What is the procedure for transferring at Xi'an airport? I believe I have to get a 24-hour ...
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How can a Chinese citizen living in Hainan get a tourist visa to Switzerland? [closed]

What's the easiest way to get a tourist visa for Switzerland as a Chinese living in Hainan, China? What's the process and what requirements are there?
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Traveling from SFO to MNL. Making 2 stops in China. Do I need a visa?

Traveling from SFO to Manila. We're making a technical stop in Wuhan and a layover in Guangzhou. I'll be in China for less than 24 hours. After that I will take a flight from Guangzhou to Manila. Do ...
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Enter China (from European Union), after being fined in Hong Kong a few years ago

I got fined 3 years ago in Hong Kong for dropping a cigarette butt on the ground. I never paid that fine, and I wonder if I would have problems when entering Mainland China due to that fact.
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What is this sweet, thick, soy-sauce-like condiment in China?

In Beijing, on two occasions, I was served a sauce I couldn't identify. Visually it looks like soy sauce but it's much thicker and stickier. It tastes soy-ish, but sweeter, maybe malty in some way. ...
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From Europe to Australia by car [closed]

We're planning a trip by car (a converted van) from Europe to Australia in 2019. There are 2 items which seem to make our plans a little bit more impossible: driving through China (Chinese driving ...
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Can I use China's Direct Transit Visa Exemption for my trip? [duplicate]

I'm travelling through Southeast Asia at the beginning of the new year and am a little confused on the visa requirement in China. I'll be flying into Bangkok with one stop in Qingdao for an hour and ...
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Do I qualify for visa free layover in China?

I am traveling from US to India, stopping in PEK. I hold Indian passport, but my US visa has expired (traveling to get it renewed). I was wondering if I can take the US -> PEK -> India flight ...
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If I book two flights with Sichuan Airlines, and miss the second because the first is delayed, can I reschedule for free?

I arrive at Chengdu at 5:50 AM (this flight is booked with Sichuan Airlines) and want to go straight on to Shanghai (this flight is not yet booked). There's a flight at 7:40 AM, with the same airline. ...
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Does my internet traffic get censored on a China Eastern flight?

I'm going to Japan next summer, and the cheapest flight by far is 15 hours from where I am to Shanghai, a 4 hour layover (which I know will be censored), and a 3 hour flight to Tokyo (which doesn't ...
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Flight reservation for China visa

I am a British citizen, living in the UK and I am in the process of applying for a visa to China. I need to show flights into and out of China for the visa. I have already paid for return tickets to ...
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BKK: International to International connection on different airlines with checked baggage

We're flying into Bangkok (BKK) on Bangkok Airways from Siem Reap (REP). In Bangkok were connecting to an international flight from BKK to Beijing (PEK) on Air China. Both flights are considered ...
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Travel to China as a Chinese national [duplicate]

My wife is a Chinese national residing in Belgium. We would like to do the following itinerary: Belgium --> Hong Kong (<7 days) --> Mainland China (e.g. Chengdu) --> Belgium I assume my wife does ...
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Lhasa to Kathmandu by bus

I am planning to go to China for 3 months. The next country I would jump into ideally would be Nepal from Tibet, because next I would go India. As I understand Tibet is now accessible by train from ...
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Can a US green card holder transiting through China leave the airport? Recommendation for sight-seeing in Shanghai?

I am traveling to India from US with my family. Everyone in my family is a US citizen except my mom. She has a green card. We have an 8 hour layover in Shanghai and I wanted to take them out into the ...
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What to expect about the mobile phone usage during a flight to China and based on the CAAC regulations

I recently booked a flight departing from the US to China from China Southern Airlines and while reading some info on their website related to the inflight entertainment I found this about the Wifi ...
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What are the dimensions for Chinese visa photos?

The Chinese government has a really specific list of requirements for visa photos: I had an old unused photo from last time I applied for a visa or passport, and compared it to the requirements (...
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What kind of travel documents should be used for a Chinese citizen to take flights from Hong Kong and ferry to Shekou?

There is a ferry from Hong Kong Airport to Shekou, usable for connecting passengers without passing immigration. If I am from Shenzhen and want to take a flight from Hong Kong to Beijing by means of ...
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Is a Hong Kong permit required by a Chinese citizen from foreign country - transit in PEK - Hong Kong?

For a Chinese citizen, a Chinese passport is normally not valid for entering Hong Kong or Macau. A two-way permit with a valid Hong Kong endorsement is used to visit Hong Kong. However, Hong Kong ...
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How early can I apply for a tourist visa for China?

I am a U.S. citizen planning a trip to Mainland China (Suzhou and Qingdao) in July 2018. How early can I apply for a tourist visa? If I buy my airplane tickets in January, will I be able to apply ...
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Can I travel to China as visa-free without nullifying the student visa?

I'm going to apply for a student visa in China to study Mandarin for one semester (4 months). However, after I get the student visa, I would also like to travel to China before my enrolment at the ...
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Layover - Guangzhou airport

I'm an Indian citizen, with PR status in Canada, traveling from Canada to India via China. I have a layover of 15 hours in Guangzhou, Baiyun International airport. Do I need any visa for the layover?
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VPN that works in China as of October 2017 [duplicate]

I’m going to China and want to access my Gmail/Facebook account from time to time. Can somebody recommend a VPN provider or protocol that is not blocked by the Chinese firewall. I have a private VPN ...
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Double entry visa to China when visiting on a cruise ship

I am looking at going on a cruise in Asia that will stop in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai (among others). I am Norwegian and need a visa to visit China. From what I understand I can visit Hong Kong ...
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Layover in Shenzhen and Guangzhou

I just booked a return ticket from Melbourne to Hanoi with a 22-hour layover (overnight) in Shenzhen and a 5-hour layover in Guangzhou on the return leg. I was just wondering if I need to apply for a ...
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The 72 hour visa-free transit through China on a dual citizenship

I was reading this helpful guide on transits and read the following in regards to the Pearl River Delta visit from Hong Kong. Applicants must hold a single citizenship passport; dual citizenship ...
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How is the renewing process like for an expired Chinese residence permit on expired passport? [closed]

I am a student studying in China. My last residence permit expiry date was the same as my passport. Unfortunately my new passport arrived from the embassy 1 day after the expiration date. Now I have ...
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Can I be denied a tourist visa to China? [closed]

I'm a Canadian citizen born in Iraq. I came to Canada at a young age. Could I be denied a tourist visa to China? The visa agency said I might be. What's the likelihood of this happening?
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Entering China between connecting international arrival and domestic departure

I am going to Guangzhou from Germany in November. My flight to Guangzhou is via Beijing which has a 6-hour break. I hold a Pakistani passport. Will I be able to enter Beijing during those 6 hours for ...
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Which countries require a 24-hour transit visa in China?

I'm transiting through China in Kunming, China. I'm a South African national and do NOT fall under the 72-hour visa free program. However on [their official (travelchina) website][1] it says: ...