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In part this is due to flights from Tel Aviv avoiding some problem regions. But a larger part is that, while it is a 5 hour flight from London to Tel Aviv, flights from London to Beijing don't fly anywhere near Tel Aviv. Looking at a typical Mercator projection map, it may seem like a flight from London to Beijing wouldn't have to go very far out of its way ...


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As Nate Eldredge points out, the distances are about the same. It doesn't look like that on a conventional world map in cylindrical projection, but is less surprising if you look at a polar projection instead. Some of the difference in scheduled flight times is due to different aircraft. The single route from London to Xian is GS 7988 which seems to be ...


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Pepper Spray is forbidden and likely will be discovered Pepper spray is forbidden in China. Your luggage will be searched and/or x-rayed frequently when in China, including customs controls when exiting into the airport and entering the subway or train/bus stations. There is a high chance that it will be discovered. (I've had a can of deo spray taken away ...


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Finding suitable souvenirs for office distribution (会社用バラマキお土産) is a problem of every Japanese traveller, but this article in Japanese has lots of tried and tested ideas for Beijing. To quickly summarize: China-only variants of Japanese candy, like banana milk or wine & chocolate Pocky. Even Chinese packaging of "normal" Japanese candy is unusual and ...


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Something to keep in mind here: Foreigners must register where they are staying in China. Normally the hotel does this for you--but note that this means the government computers have everything they need to catch you if they have thus programmed them. Whether they have nor not I do not know. Being caught on the street is a trivial risk compared to this. ...


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It is one of the Weilaikejicheng Road Bridges There are two bridges on Weilaikejicheng Road, and this is one of them. The bridge also gained the name “Bird’s Nest Bridge” for its appearance. It can be found here on Google Maps. Also found it as Rainbow Arch Bridge in Beijing, or here, here and here on Baidu. The bridge seems new enough that Baidu Maps ...


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At Beijing Airport you will easily find your way around. All signs are bilingual (Chinese/English). You cannot really mis where you need to go. I cannot vouch for the staff, however. Forget visiting the city. If you have a 6-hours layover, you want to be back at the airport 2 hours before. Getting to the city center (i.e. Tiananmen Square) will take you at ...


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The trains you want are either "G trains" or "C trains". They are both rated at up to 350 kph but G designations are for longer distances and C for shorter routes. Some information on types and speeds here "Shorter" is relative. You can get 2 hours G train journeys. The above page notes G – High-Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train This is the ...


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Personally I didn't plan much, just went with the flow, but that depends on how much freedom you have. Work out how much time you have. Bear in mind that a Russian tourist visa is 30 days, but you can get a Business visa for tourist purposes (I had zero problems) and that's valid for 60 days, multiple entry. Work out your budget. Hostels are pretty cheap ...


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I would worry less about the Shanghai-Beijing train being full than the Hong Kong-Shanghai train - unless you travel over Chinese new year or another holiday. There are trains in intervals of 10-40 minutes and should allow you to at least get on the next train in case the current one is full. There is a website that lets you check the availability of seats ...


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I know you've already traveled, but for anyone else with the same question in the future, I'd like to give an answer. Beijing is huge and the Beijing Capital Airport is located on the north-east side of town. Tianjin is just 100 km east of the Airport; about 1.5 hours by taxi. Beijing south railway station is on the opposite side of Beijing; to go there ...


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If you are going to central Beijing, this area is quite different to the rest of China. Security around Tiananmen Square is very tight, and all pedestrians in the area are searched airport-style in large white tents that block the pavement. Here you will be required to present identification (in the form of either a Chinese ID card or a valid passport) ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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Yes you should be fine to go but know your limits. A quick Google Image search for "Great Wall Jiankou" will give you a good idea where you will find images like this and others of people climbing fallen sections of the wall there. The Lonely Planet is rather brief: "40-minute walk uphill from the drop off ... to a fork in the path among the trees that ...


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I took the novel step of calling Air New Zealand, and they said the flight was booked directly through them even though he used webjet.co.nz (which was why I was reluctant to call them in the first place) the flight is connecting and he will be issued tickets and have his bag checked through from his point of departure.


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Airport in Beijing is international. All signs used Chinese and English. Airport staff mostly able to speak English. Road from airport to city center will takes about 20 minutes on Airport Express. You will have enough time to make a small walk or get a delicious dinner. Near Dongzhimen station you can find a lot of good shopping centers. Airport Express ...


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For train travel stuff your best first resource is Seat61.com, here's the relevant part for Beijing to Shanghai. From the info there (How to buy tickets) it seems you cannot book on-line directly, but you can go through a travel agent to have them book the tickets in advance. The trains do sell out, but you don't need to book months in advance (unless ...


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When I was in Beijing in 2012 Sunday was not really a big deal. Maybe some shops open a little later, but generally they're all open. I would advice against buying gadgets in general markets like the Silk Market as they're either fake or faulty. If you absolutely need to buy electronic gadgets go to an electronics store. General markets are good for ...


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This rather more than a "shopping answer", hopefully. How to determine if Jade is genuine: This webpage provides an excellent discussion of types of genuine jade and of non genuine alternatives. This page is also very useful Excellent characteristics table for Jade and other materials. A pocket spectrometer is possibly a really good tool. These are ...


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In theory a China Mobile SIM card should be able to provide 3G services. In practice I have not been able to get my (3G only) HTC phone to access the internet via such a card. China Unicomm seems to be a better offering in the 3G field. While China Mobile supposedly provides both 2G and 3G services, in practice it is a 2G service. Buying a SIM may be best ...


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When you land at 3:00 AM, you should probably take taxi. It'll cost you around $55. (I've checked the rates over a site that i own, so i'm not sure if i should share the URL. Because i don't want to get marked as SPAM) When you land at 11:00 AM, you should probably take the bus and following are the choices taken from http://www.beijing-airport-...


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Take the Beijing Subway Airport Express Line (北京地铁机场线). It goes right from Dongzhimen to PEK with only one stop in between. There are two stations at PEK, one in Terminal 2 and one in Terminal 3. The Airport Express costs ¥25 per trip, for which you could either use a Beijing public transportation card or buy a single-trip ticket at a vending machine, ...


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I lived in Beijing for a couple months in 2008: Get there at least 20-30 minutes before sunrise, you don't need to be there much earlier but having a bit of extra padding won't hurt. I can't say for sure, but I don't think there will be much of a difference on International Workers Day. Visit the Forbidden City. It's just across the street from the square. ...


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Wangfujing shopping street is the most famous for visitors--nice environment, adjacency to the Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City, clean street bars, and backstreet traditional snack bars, etc. Xidan shopping area is most popular for the local youth. There are quite some modern shopping malls with comfortable shopping environment. Qianmen and Dashilan ...


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The great circle distance from LHR to PEK is 8174km and the scheduled flight time is 10:10 (British Airways). The great circle distance from TLV to PEK is 7155km and the scheduled flight time is 9:20. There is no condradiction between a 1000km difference in flight distance and a 50 minute difference in scheduled flight time.


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It appears that one place is the Beijing International Travel Healthcare Center can give the yellow fever vaccine. I have contacted them to find out the procedure. As of May 2018, they accept foreigners on for walk in appointments. You show up when they are open, they give you a medical exam costs 280 RMB (~$50) to make sure you are in good enough health ...


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You can do that. You have a single-entry visa from China. That visa allows you to enter China one time. Both Shenzen and Bejing are in China. Your trip, therefore, is a single entry into China, some traveling between Shenzen and Beijing within China, then exiting China to return to India. A visa on arrival for Shenzen only can be obtained for travelers ...


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The bullet trains from Beijing to Shanghai are very comfortable (like business class on a big plane) and not at all overcrowded (cheaper/slower trains will be very crowded and will take days to get there), but you should try to book in advance. They only allow purchasing of tickets a maximum of 7 days in advance so you have to time it correctly. Tickets ...


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I assume that since AirNZ and BA don't code share, your trip is on two separate tickets. This might be a problem. The best bet is to ring AirNZ and ask them about the luggage being checked through. If it's not, you're going to have to clear immigration (with a visa) pick up his bag, check in to his second flight, and go through security again. This can take ...


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The legal answer, as you've already found out, is "no": 4、Are the foreign visitors who completed 72-hour visa-free transit procedures and entered into China permitted to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities? 72-hour visa-free transit foreign visitors are not permitted to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities during their 72-hour visa-free stay....


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