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Note that at the time of this post, to the best of my knowledge, there has been no palpable proof that the celebrity was indeed banned from entering China, or that the purported ban is related to him "liking" a post on Twitter. This uncertainty is reflected by a number of online news sources that use such ambiguous words as "says" or "claims" to describe the ...


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The important point is where you will pass through immigration. The 144-hour visa-free transit requires that you stay within a certain area of your arrival point, and depart the country from within that same area. For Beijing, that means that you must stay within the Beijing/Tianjin/Hebei area - which obviously does not include the vast majority of the ...


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No, not yet Other answers focus on how China is probably not capable of profiling every single person in the world. But digital footprints don't fade - they may not yet be able to generate a profile on you, but that says nothing about their ability to do so in the future. Your tweets, likes, and perhaps ad profile are permanent and outside your control; we ...


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That was a celebrity and China had a lot to gain from publicly making this statement. Unless you're a celebrity I doubt they'll ever go through the mountains of online activity you've accumulated over a lifetime (assuming they - or anyone other than the NSA - even have access to all this)


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While Doc’s answer covers the most important formalities, in case you are interested why you can only take the slower Z sleeper train, The Man in Seat 61 has the answer: The fast G train calls multiple times between Beijing and Hong Kong, making it a ‘normal’ train. TWOV rules require you to stay in a small area of the country (i.e. the Beijing area) but ...


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No, I don't think you need to worry at all. I have traveled to China many times over the last 20 years, and I have never been asked any questions at all by anybody in an official capacity. From what I have seen and experienced, the paranoia in Western media is wildly exaggerated. Think of it like this: China wants tourists from the rest of the world, since ...


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It wasn't a problem. The china immigration officer didn't say anything about it. Actually immigration officer system had my full name as the passport. visa consultation company are correct with skip middle name because of less space. but always double-check with the embassy if happed similar situation. Thanks


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I think your trip will be certainly secure. In fact, it's too expensive for the China Gov to check whether every foriegners in China to be associated with South Park, Winnie-the-Pooh, or other banned memes which the authorities don't like. If you don't take locations politicaly sensitive in China like Xinjiang or Tibet as your destination, traveling in China ...


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You can take go from Almaty 2 or Astana to Ürümqi by using the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. From there you can probably reach the rest of China by using the China Railways trains. I generally use rome2rio to find trains in places where public transport is hard to figure out.


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There are no guarantees: that being said, if the pills have no "recreational" value (potential for drug-abuse), then you have less to worry about. I would ensure that your all medication is in properly labeled, preferably by the pharmacy or other authority. The PRC has a very strict policy regarding importation of recreational drugs: I would ensure that ...


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You can order a Huawei MIfI device for China and get a China Unicom SIM card to use with it. An alternative website I found is this one (no affiliation) which seems to offer the service. Another website which offers this can be found here: With our China MiFi hotspot rental service, your laptop, apple devices, android phones, or tablets etc. can be ...


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There is a train station in Khorgas which is at the border and has a border crossing. This page here has a map with border crossings in the whole region: Border crossings on the Silk Road


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This is one rule that is never enforced in China, it only matters if you plan to apply for work permit and visa in China as the temporary residence address paper is required so unless you are applying for visa or work permit you can skip this, if you get caught which is harder than winning the lotto you simply have to pay a 300 rmb fee and go to the police ...


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There are 2 issues here: You have to make sure you're holding a passport in the list of eligible countries, having a Turkish visa stamp on your passport doesn't matter but having a Turkish passport will NOT make you eligible for this program If you use the 144 hour visa, you can only stay within the administrative precincts of your port of entry (Beijing), ...


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I will tell you unambiguously: No. If you have a valid visa you will be able to travel to, from and through China with no impediment (with exceptions in Tibet and Xinjiang). You will not face any consequences for liking things on Facebook, Twitter, using a VPN or even making public statements and having discussions about politics. These are in fact normal ...


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I arrived at PEK Terminal 2 on Air France about a month ago, and I saw two stalls in the baggage claim area selling SIM cards. I don't remember the exact pricing as I decided to go to a China Unicom store in the city instead, but it was definitely lower than the one offered by klook from Daniil's link above (think about 200CNY for unlimited data and 100 ...


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At the airport From recent sources, there should be areas where you can buy a SIM card in terminal 3, none in terminal 2. A TripAdvisor post from 2 years ago: I believe that the only place to buy a SIM card at the Beijing airport is at terminal 3. It is in the area where you wait for your luggage. It is a China Mobile counter. If that does not work for ...


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On 8th Aug 2019, I bought a China Unicom prepaid data SIM card at Lo Wu Shenzhen Border. It cost me RMB200 for the SIM card while getting a usage credit of RMB100. The phone number was +86. I used a non-PRC passport to register. This package automatically deducts RMB6 for 800MB, which was the data usage incurred on that day. If there's no data usage incurred,...


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