Questions tagged [china]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
266 views

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 ...
15
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
232 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
111 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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?
3
votes
0answers
28 views

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?
4
votes
1answer
959 views

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?
3
votes
1answer
77 views

Inside Airport transfer, China

I am traveling to and fro from KIX (Osaka, Japan) to CCU (Kolkata, India) via China Eastern airlines. The going flight has 3 stops in China, at DLC (2h 10min, China), YNT (1h, China) and KMG (2h ...
11
votes
1answer
26k views

Can a traveller use Alipay/Tenpay mobile payments in China?

Can a short-term visitor to China sign up to Alipay (Taobao) or Tenpay (WeChat/QQ) mobile payments, without Chinese ID or a Chinese bank account? If yes, how?
6
votes
0answers
699 views

How to unlock WeChat money as a foreigner in China? [closed]

I was using WeChat pay efficiently, friends funded me (me handing them cash from ATM). Then I got some from a dodgy source (LocalBitcoins) and 2 days later I had a situation in a shop when I couldn’t ...
9
votes
2answers
727 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
36 views

What hiking or other outdoor options can I do in Sanya in December?

I will be at a conference at the Tsinghua Sanya International Mathematics Forum December 17–21. I don't know the weather well, but I've been keeping an eye on the forecast, and it looks like it's ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it really possible to open bank account in China without a permanent address - does it mean the card is provided on the spot?

Asking because my WeChat account got blocked: How to unlock WeChat money as a foreigner in China? Doing research on how to open a bank account. https://www.saporedicina.com/english/open-bank-account-...
3
votes
1answer
130 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
492 views

border formalities when entering China from Hong Kong by train

I am preparing for a trip from Hong Kong into Southern China. I am a European Union passport holder and will travel with a Chinese "L" (i.e. tourist) visa. If I take a "Z" express train from Hong ...
15
votes
4answers
16k views

Is it possible for a foreigner to drive through (mainland) China in a foreign-registered car?

Is it possible to drive through mainland China, for example for transit from Kazakhstan to Vietnam, as a non-Chinese citizen, in an own car/van/truck? This is about an European Union citizen, trying ...
3
votes
1answer
783 views

How long does it take to check in at Pudong Airport, Shanghai?

I need to fly from Pudong Airport (Shanghai) to the USA. I have 1 checked bag. How long do I need to allow for check-in, baggage drop-off, security, and customs exit? Hainan Airline, if it matters.
1
vote
1answer
115 views

Can lawful permanent residents in the United States apply to the 10-year, multiple-entry Chinese L (tourist) visa?

Can lawful permanent residents in the United States apply to the 10-year, multiple-entry Chinese L (tourist) visa? From what I can see: http://visa.ywpw.com/ChineseVisa/nonUSCitizen_en.html (mirror) ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

Does a round-trip from mainland China to Hong Kong count as a new entry on a Chinese L (tourist) visa? [duplicate]

If a French citizen currently located in mainland China with a Chinese L (tourist) visa goes to Hong Kong for a short period (somewhere between a few hours to a few weeks) and comes back to mainland ...
8
votes
2answers
792 views

When travelling to China, does the Hijab have to be removed?

As most of the people know, the Hijab is a headscarf which Muslim women are ordered to wear in Islam. Hearing the recent news, it appears China has banned the Hijab and other types of Islamic clothing....
1
vote
2answers
196 views

Does one have to show documents containing itinerary even if one has an invitation letter to apply for a Chinese L (tourist) visa?

I read on http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/eng/lszj/zgqz/t751633.htm (mirror), which explains the supported documents needed to apply for Chinese visas: L Visa: Documents showing the itinerary ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
130 views

Is an air ticket booking record (round trip) to Hong Kong good enough to apply for a Chinese L (tourist) visa?

I read on http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/eng/lszj/zgqz/t751633.htm (mirror), which explains the supported documents needed to apply for Chinese visas: L Visa: Documents showing the itinerary ...
4
votes
1answer
63 views

Can I leave my bags somewhere in or near Guangzhou airport?

An upcoming trip of mine will have a 20 hour layover in Guangzhou. I'd like to spend that time exploring the city without my bags, but I don't have any place to leave them. Is there any place in or ...
5
votes
2answers
83 views

Major museum for traditional arts in China akin to France's Louvre

Is there a major, representative (perhaps national) museum devoted to traditional Chinese arts in Beijing or perhaps in another of the country's large cities? I am thinking of something akin to France'...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Duel citizen US/Japan Can I use my Japanese passport to enter China?

Duel citizen US/Japan. Can I use my Japanese passport to enter China 16 days? My flight is a round trip from US. I’m under 15.
2
votes
1answer
111 views

How can I go from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding?

I'm planing to leave Singapore in Friday evening and land in to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Friday midnight. I would like to travel directly to the area of Chengdu Research Base of Giant ...
3
votes
2answers
192 views

First time travelling going to China with girlfriend for a month

I live in the UK and I’m 18. My Chinese girlfriend wants me to come to China with her for a month in March. We will be staying with her family so I only need a return ticket. But is there anything ...
11
votes
6answers
4k views

Is it possible to apply for a Chinese visa while travelling outside your home country?

For some countries you can only apply for a visa in your home country (Russia is such a country) Is China also such a country? I was thinking of applying for a visa in the Republic of Georgia or ...
2
votes
1answer
192 views

Same-plane, same-flight-number domestic leg of international flight eligible for 72h visa-free transit in China?

I understand the (144 and) 72 hour hour visa-free transit program in China is restricted to departing on an international flight from the same city as you arrive in. (24 hour program lets you do ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Max no. of Power banks allowed in Carry on - Air China

I have read numerous blog posts advising that we must carry power banks as carry on and not checked in luggage. However, I fail to obtain the maximum amount (number of power banks or capacity of each ...
3
votes
1answer
592 views

What does 'Confirmed Seat' mean with regards to Beijing 144-hour visa-free transit?

I have recently booked a number of flights for my trip to Asia in February. As part of the trip I will be travelling from Taipei to Beijing and 4 days later flying from Beijing to London (British ...
17
votes
5answers
7k views

Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad?

I have a very simple question. Hopefully it is appropriate for this site and not for a politics site. So here it goes: Why do Chinese people need a visa to travel abroad? What is the reasoning behind ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

144hr Chinese Exemption - Cruising Tianjin to Shanghai?

I'm going on a cruise in January next year starting in the UK. I'll attached the part of my itinerary where we go into China, will the exemption be valid as we enter china twice. I've tried to contact ...
3
votes
1answer
635 views

Effects of China immigration authority canceling my visa [duplicate]

I went to China on a study visa. The Chinese immigration authority claimed that my documents were fake and they said I was not admissible to China. They cancelled my visa. On paper they wrote ...
11
votes
2answers
6k views

Is “gutter oil” a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
5
votes
3answers
466 views

Do I need a China visa when I fly from Japan to China as a U.S Citizen

I am flying back to San Francisco from Japan, with a 22-hour layover in Beijing (PEK). I plan to stay in a hotel during the layover. On this website https://www.countryreports.org/travel/Japan/entry....
2
votes
1answer
142 views

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)?
7
votes
1answer
325 views

Tibet: visas requirements in 2015

I'm am European (French) and plan a holiday in Tibet. Considering the political circumstances, I assume I need to apply for a visa to stay there for 3 weeks, is this correct? If yes, what's the ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
73 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
4k views

How do you drive from Asia to Europe? [closed]

We would like to drive from Malaysia to England. Is this possible? We are three Australian 18 years olds who will be on our provisional (P Plates) licence. We would prefer to travel through Laos, ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

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 ...