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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Can I leave China after entering with a 000 day Z Visa and not getting a residence permit? [closed]

I entered China a couple weeks ago to work for a company, and it isn’t going well. If I attempt to quit and leave the country would I be stopped if I left with just my z visa or would I need to wait ...
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Can I get a Taiwan visa from China?

I am a Sri Lankan citizen currently living in Sri Lanka. I'm planning a short trip to Taiwan this October, and they require us to get visa in advance to enter the country. To make the matter worse, ...
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Finding local train ticket agents/offices in China.

I am in China and want to buy a train ticket neither online nor at the station but from a travel agent that is able to issue such tickets. How do I find a travel agency that issues Chinese train ...
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Entering China from Hong Kong without a Hong Kong visa

I have a Chinese visa but I don't have a visa from Hong Kong. Can I go to China from Hong Kong airport without the visa? I am getting convenient flights to Hong Kong.
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Internet censoring while roaming abroad with Chinese SIM cards?

I couldn't access Google today. I was on Swisscom's network using 4G data and here's the kicker though: I was using a China Telecom SIM card. I'm assuming that I'm not behind the GFW in Switzerland,...
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If I obtain a Chinese tourist visa does its validity always start immediately, or can I get one that begins at a certain date in the future?

I've had a few Chinese tourist visas before, but I was always heading to China soon after getting the visa. This time I'm thinking of getting a Chinese visa at home, where I can get a pretty flexible ...
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Visiting giant panda sanctuary Chengdu from Guangzhou

I want to visit the panda sanctuary in Chengdu. I will be staying in Guangzhou and noticed that it's a bit of a trip. What is the best way to get there? Is there a tour with a direct bus? Or is there ...
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Are “Cantonese people” from Guangzhou? [closed]

I saw a documentary that seemed pretty legitimate, but at one point they referred to "Cantonese people" and it confused me. It was about modern times (~2018) so it definitely wasn't a historical ...
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Visiting Tibet in Nov 2016, looking for recent travel experience

The last answered question I've seen about Tibet was from early 2015, and things change frequently around there. My preference would be to take a train to Lhasa from somewhere in China (flexible). I ...
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Do US citizens need a China transit visa? [duplicate]

Do US citizens need a China transit visa to travel with two stops, in Chengdu (2.5-hour transit) and Jinan (2.15-hour transit)?
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Can bicycles be taken on the ferry from Incheon to China?

I am planning a bicycle tour through Asia and want to take my bike on the ferry from Incheon (South Korea) to China (specific city in China doesn’t matter for me). Does anyone have experience with ...
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Why does the Shanghai Maglev train cabin have a power bar and a portable fan? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for the Shanghai Maglev train depicts the train cabin: The power bar and portable fan (on the left) look slapdash, and makes me doubt this train's safety.
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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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Can I do a visa run by going through immigration at the airport and then immediately going back?

I have a 10-year China visa that has a 2-month limit on each stay. I usually take the opportunity to do a quick trip somewhere and see some friends around Asia, but sometimes I don't have the time to ...
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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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Enter China on a provincial airport like Dunhuang

I (European citizen, valid Chinese visa) am planning to fly to China from Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Dunhuang in China. Dunhuang is not offically an international airport. The journey would be in two ...
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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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Night shuttle bus at Pudong Airport, Shanghai

In three weeks I have a two-day transit at Pudong Airport Shanghai. I have booked a hotel downtown (nearby Nanjing road). I will be landing at 11:20 pm and I am thinking to take the night bus ...
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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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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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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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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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Type of visa for job interview in China

I'm planning to go for a job interview to Beijing. It's for a subsidiary of a US company. I'm wondering what kind of visa I should apply for. It's not really a business trip but obviously it doesn't ...
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Can I buy train tickets for a Shanghai - Beijing trip in Hong Kong?

Background: I want to travel to Hong Kong - Shanghai - Beijing by train. Seat61 article about train travel in China has details on fares, schedules and how to book the tickets. There are 3 ways to ...
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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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Do foreigners need to buy Forbidden Palace tickets online?

We are travelling to Beijing 19th - 22nd July and wish to visit the Forbidden City. Several websites state that tickets must be purchased online. However, others also claim foreigners can buy them ...
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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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What is the official way of applying for a China visa?

I am a U.S. citizen and want to travel to China. This website claims to be official http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/ but it is not .cn and it is not .gov so I don't know if it is official and if I ...
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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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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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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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Can I purchase a SIM card at local branches in China using a credit card?

Since SIM card at Pudong International Airport is so expensive, I'm going to purchase a SIM card at local branches in China/Shanghai. I consider either China Unicom or China Mobile, though the latter ...
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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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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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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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Transit through Shenzhen (SZX) without leaving the airport

I am a New Zealand citizen wishing to transit through SZX without leaving the airport. I am seeking clarification on whether I will need a transit visa to proceed with this plan. I am flying from ...
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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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Buying ticket on Russian train

Suppose my ticket is from A to B, but on the way I decide to go beyond B and to C. Can I go to the conductor and extend the ticket? It is the case for me from Chita to Zabaikalsk, while my final ...
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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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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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Do Chinese customs agents check the contents of Kindles and notebooks?

I have books on my Kindle with content that would probably make them ask more questions. It is nothing illegal or even questionable in most countries, but it would lead them to ask questions I don't ...
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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 ...