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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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: ...
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Chinese X2 visa for a Sri Lankan passport holder (number of entries and extension)

I'm a Sri Lankan passport holder going to apply for a Chinese X2 visa (short-term student visa). I want to know whether it's possible to get the visa with double entries from the Chinese embassy in ...
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Transit visa for Nepali citizen in Guangzhou [duplicate]

I am Nepali passport holder traveling to Nepal with China Southern Airlines from New York. I have 6 hours transit (both back and to Nepal) in Guangzhou, China. I am not getting out of the airport. I ...
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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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Former Chinese citizen applying for China Visa - old Chinese passport

Will there be any issues if I apply for a Chinese visa as a former citizen, without my old Chinese passport? Also, if I hand my old Chinese passport to the Consulate, can they guarantee that my ...
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Getting a Chinese visa in the US as a tourist visiting the US

I will be visiting the US shortly as a tourist. From there, I have a flight scheduled from San Francisco to Beijing, China. I am on a world tour for about 10 months. In the South American countries I ...
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Chinese citizen visa on arrival for Vietnam

My girlfriend is a Chinese citizen. We are in mainland China (Shanghai) and would like to go to Vietnam. Vietnam requires a visa for Chinese citizens. I read about a visa on arrival program, but that ...
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China visa duration is random for me

I am a Greek citizen and I have traveled 4 times to China for business last year. The first time the embassy gave me a visa for 1 month, the second time for 3 months, the third time for 1 month and ...
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Does China actually check hotel reservations listed on visa application, and how?

As many of you know, China requires you to list your full itinerary with dates and addresses when applying for a tourist visa. I probably won't risk it, but I'm just curious, what if you said you were ...
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What do “visa notification letter” and “official media letter” mean regarding a Chinese visa?

On the website for the Chinese Embassy in the US, the steps for getting an L visa listed here include the following note: The Visa Notification Letter and the official media letter may be in the ...
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Can I travel with my old passport and have the new one sent to my destination? [closed]

I recently applied for a new passport while I still have my previous one. I urgently want to leave the country. Can I travel with my previous passport and ask someone to deliver the new one to me? I ...
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How can a child with one Chinese parent but with a French passport leave China?

My son has one parent who is Chinese, but he has only a French passport in which he has an exit/entry permit for China which his father got for him. However, according to the father, the child cannot ...
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How to travel by sea (ferry / boat / ship) between China and South Korea

I recently took a ferry from China to South Korea and back. Before I left I was looking for information about the different routes. These Q&A's contained some good information: Which ferry from ...
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Must a non-resident foreigner always carry their passport with them when in China?

When I am on a short visit to China, I stay with family and have to visit the nearest police station to register my presence. At the police station I provide my passport and write the address I'm ...
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China 72 hour stop overs- how long between trips and multiple airlines

1: are there any restrictions on the 72 hour stop over on the length of time that must pass between visits? i.e. theoretically, could one fly to Japan via Beijing, stay in Japan just a few hours, ...
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Confirmation that a Chinese visa is valid on old British passport

Is there anywhere online where written confirmation can be found from an official source of some sort that a Chinese visa on an old British passport can be used in conjunction with a new British ...
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Getting a Chinese Passport in the wrong consulate

My wife needs a new Chinese passport and we live in Massachusetts. On the Chinese embassy website it says "Please be advised that sending your visa application or document(s) to the incorrect office ...
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What countries are on the list of approved tourist destinations for Chinese citizens?

I noticed this sentence in a recent New York Times article: Since China put the European Union on its list of approved tourist destinations, the volume of Chinese sightseers to Europe has surged, ...
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Can persons holding a Chinese driving license drive a car anywhere else in the world?

I was recently at a car rental desk and next to me was a group of Chinese tourists renting a car. This was a bit perplexing since China is not a signatory to the 1968 Vienna Convention nor it is to ...
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Finding the grave of Lin Zhao

I would like to visit the grave of Chinese dissident Lin Zhao. She was buried in her hometown of Suzhou on mainland China. How can I get to her grave? Can someone please point me in the right ...
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How can black travellers deal with unwanted harassment from locals in China?

I recently took a trip to China with several friends. All of us are US citizens with US passports, and three of the people on this trip are black. (I am not) Throughout China, including in the most "...
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Can I drive with the temporary driver license obtained at the Beijing airport only in the province Beijing?

I plan to go to China with a one or three-month tourist visa. I will apply for a temporary driver license at the airport in Beijing. Is it possible with this license to rent a car and drive outside of ...
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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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Do I need an old passport to get chinese visa in Hong Kong?

I've arrived to Hong Kong today and asked in a travel agency (CTS) about getting a visa to China. I'm Spanish and I got a previous visa. They have asked for my passport and after a couple of minutes ...
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Is there any banned area to travelers in China apart from Tibet?

Tibet area is a historically banned area to the independent travelers. But there are also some problems in other areas like Xinjiang. Is this area or others apart from Tibet banned for independent ...
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Chinese L visa expiration?

So I am a US citizen and I have a Chinese L visa for multiple entries that was issued in June 2012, the enter before date was June 2013. I am planning to travel to China in a month (August) and was ...
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What to when you're being blackmailed by a travel agent?

Our family is at a genuine loss of heart. We paid a U.S. travel agent to plan an itinerary to meet my daughter in Shanghai, China at the completion of her internship and travel to the orphanages she ...
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Taking woman and biological child out of China [closed]

Suppose am from abroad and I have a child with a Chinese woman in China, and we are not married. How can I take my Chinese wife and child with me out of China? Is this possible or even likely to ...
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How long does it take to send a postcard from Germany to China [duplicate]

I sent a postcard 2 weeks ago from Germany to Beijing. I bought 2 x 0.45€stamps, and put it in a Deutsche Post box. Is there any way to know how long does it take for the postcard to arrive the ...
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Use bike sharing service as a foreign tourist in China

Bicycle sharing seems to be very popular now in China. I can see bikes from ofo and mobike everywhere. Is there a way for a foreigner without a Chinese ID or a Chinese bank account (but having a ...
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Question about 10-year Chinese Visa

Is the 10-year visa a multiple-entry visa? If it is a multiple-entry visa and I plan to visit China a year later after my first trip, do I need to enter the second trip information on the application ...
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Can I use my XBox in China? [duplicate]

Im going to China soon and want to bring my Xbox One. How will I connect it to the outlets there? Is there a way to connect it to the outlets there?
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China intercity taxi / taxi-like transport

I'm wondering how to move in an easy and fast way between main cities in China to more apart or countryside places. Is it usual/easy/cheap to arrange a trip by some kind of taxi or private ...
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How to fill out 2.8 Visa Application Form of China if you have more than one inviter?

In the online form I put in the two inviters' information but none of them was transferred to the final pdf form -.- seems like a programming mistake. But what do I do now? Should I just fill out one ...
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Chinese visa in Hong Kong

On some web site I read that if I have a Chinese visa in Hong Kong and in case of it's expiration during stay in Hong Kong it's a serious violation of law and there is a fine up to $50,000 or 3 years ...
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Overnight train to Shanghai: How do I ensure my partner and I are in the same sleeper?

My partner and I are traveling to China and want to take an overnight train from Xi'an to Shanghai. I’d like to book one of the two-bed sleepers, and I want to make sure my partner and I are in the ...
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Is there a way to get a visa to mainland China in Taipei (Taiwan)? [duplicate]

I have a EU passport, I'm in Hong Kong now. I want to go to Taiwan. After Taiwan I want to go to mainland China. How can I get a visa for mainland while in Taiwan?
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Does the entry into Laos from China at the Mohan/Boten crossing have any extra fee besides the $30 visa-on-arrival fee?

I've done this crossing several times, at least once in this direction, but don't remember everything. I have more than enough US dollars for the visa on arrival. But I only have $20 and $10 bills. (...
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Can I travel to Russia and China with a passport whose cover is fading? [duplicate]

My passport's cover's text is fading: the name of the country is still readable but the coat of arms has almost disappeared. The rest of the passport is fairly okay--you can see I bring it around ...
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Chinese tourist L visa and visiting Hong Kong

I'm an Australian visiting China, I want to make a trip for a day or two to Hong Kong while I am in Shenzen. I would return to Shenzen afterwards. It seems I need a double-entry visa for this, but ...
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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

My wife uses a compression machine to treat lymphedema, which is a result of her breast cancer treatment several years ago. She needs to use the machine almost daily, otherwise her arm swells, which ...
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How to extend a visa in Shenzhen (or elsewhere)

How to extend a visa in Shenzhen (or elsewhere) Hello, I have some questions about extending a visa in Shenzhen. I have a double entry tourist visa in my passport (it is a Western European ...
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Is the train between Shanghai and Hangzhou smoke-free?

Is the high-speed bullet train between Shanghai and Hangzhou smoke-free? Or does it have any smoking seats entirely separated from the normal seats? I don't mind it if it has smoking seats but I ...
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Is it still possible to get a SIM card in China as a foreigner?

According to the prepaid SIM card wiki, it is possible to get a SIM card as a foreigner in certain "flagship" stores: The problem is recently, that most shops - even the small newsstands - only ...
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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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Exact dates on visa when date of departure is before date of arrival which is before date of invitation

I'm travelling from EU to China for (academic) work, and the date of arrival will presumably be a day after the departure, which in turn will be a day before I start work. I will need to apply for a ...
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Dehydrated commercially prepackaged food into China and Mongolia

We are going to China and then onto Mongolia from Australia. We would like to take dehydrated prepackaged meals to Mongolia and would like to know if this is permissible.
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How to get from Kazakhstan to Urumqi?

we need to get from Kazakhstan (Dostyk is probably the best choice, but I don't know much about) to China - either Karamay or Urumqi. We need to book tickets in advance and I can't find online ...
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From Asia to Lat America on the cheap [closed]

I'm looking for a way to get cheaply from Asia, SEA or India to Lat America: Mexico, Colombia, Dominicana, Cuba or Equador. Maybe Peru also. not through the US preferably not through Japan or Europe ...