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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 I use a Chinese L Tourism Visa, then a Chinese X2 Student Visa consecutively?

I am currently in a study abroad program for Suzhou University in China. The program begins August 20th. In anticipation, I was going to go to China two months earlier using my L Visa (which has a ...
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What is the best way for a UK citizen to get a Chinese business visa while in America?

What is the best way for a UK citizen to get a Chinese business visa while in America? Can this be done and where do I have to go?
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Attending a conference in Beijing with special dietary needs

There will be a three week international physics conference (taks in English) in Beijing that I might want to attend. Unfortately I'm a picky eater, being a vegetarian with a nut, peanut and raw soy ...
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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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How to apply for a Chinese visa without knowing one's itinerary in advance?

I'm a dutch citizen and I want to travel to China for holiday and to visit the parents of my (Chinese) girlfriend. We will travel there together from end of august till begin of september (2,5 weeks ...
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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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Wife is a Chinese Citizen I am a US Citizen, should we go through Chinese passport control together or separately?

I recently got married and my wife and I are flying back to China for a wedding reception. When we enter china should we go through passport control together as we are a family unit or separately ...
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Does pollution in China suggest no bicycling?

I've read that pollution in Beijing often makes exercise unwise. Do the masks actually make any difference? I'm more interested in bicycling in other places, especially Foshan & Guangzhou.
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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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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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Do we need transit visa through China? [duplicate]

We are going to fly this May to Russia From Canada, Russian citizens. We have 2 stops in China, Beijing and Harbin, on the way ther spend 14 hours in China, on way back 26 hours. From Harbin to ...
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I'm from Guatemala, do I need a transit visa if my flight has two stops in China?

I'm from Guatemala and planning to go to Jakarta and most of the flights go through China. I've read about the 24 hour Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program available for most countries. Does this apply ...
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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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Is the fast ferry between Pingtan, China and Taipei, Taiwan still going?

Seat 61 has a page on ferries between Taiwan and China. A promising option is the SeaCat between Keelung Taipei and Pingtan. It should be priced from $2,500 NTD and take three hours. But the website ...
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Knife carrying laws in China?

Many countries have a restriction on what sorts of knives can be carried in public, and what the maximum length can be. Wikipedia has a long article on the topic. The section on China is not very ...
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Is a visa in advance required for 7-day tourist stay in UAE for Chinese citizens?

First of all, I've read this question, but it seems to conflict with other information on the web. On the London UAE embassy website and the Emirates website it says that PRC passport holders can get ...
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UK citizen applying for a Chinese tourist visa from India

I am a UK citizen and wondering if I can apply for a Chinese visa from India? I exceed the 3-month threshold of Chinese visa validity if I apply now from the UK and I will be in India for a few ...
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Indian passport Holder Travelling Los Angeles - Guangzhou - New Delhi with a 1.5 hour layover. Valid for Transit Without Visa?

Apologies in advance if this question might have been asked multiple times. I have a flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhou then a 1.5 hour layover and then Guangzhou to Delhi. I do not wish to leave ...
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Do I have to register at the police station if the hotel doesn't do it for me after entering China with a Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa?

I entered China with a 5-day visa ("Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa") when entering Shenzhen by train from Hong Kong. The back of the departure card given by the Chinese immigration while ...
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How's the weather for hiking in lower Tibet in May?

I am considering doing a hike with a guide in Tibet from Gandan Monastery to Samye Monastery in May. From what I've heard the temperatures during the night should be between -5C and 10C which is ...
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Will I be able to enjoy the 24 direct transit exemption in China?

I am currently staying in China as a student, however I only have a single entry visa (which I have already used). I will be leaving China to do some travelling in other countries. I have a return ...
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After entering Mainland China with the transit-without-visa (TWOV) program, does one have to register with the local police station?

After entering Mainland China with the transit-without-visa (TWOV) program, does one have to register with the local police station? I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=...
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Can't French citizens in the United States apply to a Chinese L (tourist) visa through an agency?

Applications for a Chinese L (tourist) visas in the United States can't be mailed directly to the Chinese Embassy/Consulate. As a result, many people use third-party agencies who accept applications ...
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Is there any minimum stay required in the next/onward country when applying for a visa-free transit entry in China?

I plan to enter Mainland China with the transit-without-visa (TWOV) program. I fly from country X to China, then fly from China to country Y. Is there any minimum stay required in country Y when ...
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Can a foreigner get a visa for China in Taiwan?

I'm in China and thinking of taking a ferry to Taiwan. I'm an Australian citizen and I've been to Taiwan before and know I get visa-free entry. But I'm wondering about getting a new visa for China ...
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How much time do I have to do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after changing location in China?

How much time do I have to do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after changing location in China? From the back of the departure card given by the Chinese immigration while ...
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Transit visa for Indian citizen when transiting through China

I am an Indian citizen and a permanent resident of Canada. I am considering the following flight: Delhi (DEL) -> Hong Kong (HKG) -> Beijing (PEK) -> Montreal (YUL) I have a 2hr layover in Hong ...
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Hong Kong overstay and chinese visa [closed]

I've been removed (Removed, not depported) from Hong Kong almost 2 years ago for overstaying 3 months due to health reasons. I've just received an offer to work in China so that I must apply for a Z ...
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Can I purchase unlimited data SIM card in China?

I want to use an unlimited SIM card in China (Shanghai if the city is relevant). There are some SIM cards available in China (e.g. China Unicom and China Mobile) but I only know SIM cards that have a ...
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How does the taxi scam work at Luohu station in Shenzhen?

The Luohu station in Shenzhen has a taxi area where people queue to get their taxi: While queuing there are a few taxi drivers parked nearby who try to get customers from the queue. They claim that ...
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Transiting via Shanghai Pudong International Airport [duplicate]

i intend to travel to Osaka, Japan via Shanghai Pudong International Airport on China Eastern Airlines. Since i only have a 4.5 hours transit at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, do i need a ...
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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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How long do I have to wait before being able to go back to Shenzhen again with another Special Economic Zone visa? And how often can I do so?

Citizens from most countries may obtain an entry visa (Special Economic Zone visa) when traveling to and staying solely in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The Special Economic Zone visa for ...
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China visa issue after traveling to Taiwan

I flew from China to Taiwan a while back. I have an extend-able visa to Taiwan. Upon arrive in Guangzhou, I was informed I needed a Chinese visa to visit to Taiwan (which if you are up-to-date with ...
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What is a good (legal) form of self defense in China

Going to China next week, and have been reading a lot of stuff on bringing pepper spray, it seems like it is illegal, but you would probably only get into trouble if you actually used it. But if I'm ...
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Traveling with 2 passports due to 3 month validity but visa on a different passport [duplicate]

I have a bit of a convoluted question. My child has a Canadian and US Passport but travels with her Canadian passport since it has a valid Chinese visa in it (we currently reside in China). We are ...
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Can I get a 5-day visa when entering Shenzhen through the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link from Hong Kong?

Can I get a 5-day visa ("Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa") when entering Shenzhen through the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link from Hong Kong (West Kowloon, connection opened ...
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What's the best place to appreciate Lantern Festival in Beijing?

Chinese New Year holiday comes to its climax with the Yuan Xiao (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), or Lantern Festival and the next one will happen on the 19th February 2019. Where is it best to see some good ...
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Why does the Chinese immigration ask for the Hong Kong landing slip when applying for the Shenzhen SEZ Tourism Visa when entering Shenzhen?

Why does the Chinese immigration ask for the Hong Kong landing slip when applying for the 5-day visa ("Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa") when entering Shenzhen through one of the ports ...
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Getting a Chinese visa in the US as a Canadian citizen

I am a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport, though I am currently doing a 4-month internship in the United States on a TN1 Visa. My internship ends at the end of August, and I am scheduled to ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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Multiple-entry Chinese visa

I'm a British Citizen with a British passport. I applied for a 2 year Chinese tourism multi-entry visa, which I received and will end in March 2019. I've booked some flights to go back to China ...
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Do I have to do the “accommodation registration at local police station” within 24 hours of entry when using Airbnb in China?

Do I have to do the "accommodation registration at local police station" within 24 hours of entry if I'm a non-Chinese resident/citizen visiting in China and hosted by some Airbnb host? From the back ...
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Is it possible for an American to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong?

I know standing in line to get a visa is never fun, but was wondering if any Americans had experience getting a standard tourist "L" visa in Hong Kong. I'm leaving on a RTW trip in less than two ...
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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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Getting around Google reliance while in China

It did not occur to me before leaving for China how much of my getting around relies on Google. I am looking for solutions that can be implemented from within China (since I didn't prepare ...
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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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How can I withdraw RMBs at Hong Kong airport (HKG)?

How can I withdraw RMBs at Hong Kong airport (HKG)? I tried using one of the two Bank of China ATMs in terminal 1: which indicates it has RMBs (the second ATM was displaying it only had 500 and 1000 ...
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How to go from Vladivostok to Beijing by land?

I will transverse Russia by the trans-siberian railway in November. I will go all the way east to Vladivostok. Then I want to go to Beijing. Did anyone did that before?
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Using Chinese M Business visa when now working for a different company

Can a Business China Visa (category M, 10 year validity) obtained while working for one company be used for a trip on behalf of another company?