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Does the chinese 72-hour transit visa allow to cross a land border?

No, this is not possible. When using the 72-hour transit without visa at Beijing airport you are not allowed to leave Beijing and need to leave the city on a flight. Quoting the Chinese embassy in ...
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Is Russia a dog-friendly country?(Vladivostok, Moscow, St.Peterburg. etc.)

I live in Moscow and used to have a labrador myself. I regret to say that while keeping a dog in the city will likely be fine (depending on your exact location), traveling and visiting tourist spots ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

For the record, it is not necessary to go through an agency to obtain your visas, I've just completed the full troika of Russia, Mongolia & China and every application I made was accepted the ...
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Can I cancel my plane tickets to Russia after obtaining a Russian visa?

You do not need the tickets to obtain your visa, you only need a confirmation that you'll be hosted as a tourist. This usually is a hotel booking voucher or some similar document, you should contact ...
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When did/does the Trans-Mongolian pass through Datong?

Not necessarily complete answer with all the references: Zhangjiakou-Jining line opened for traffic in 2011. Before that, the detour to Datong was necessary. Many passenger trains gradually took ...
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Travelling Moscow - Beijing in Winter then backpacking the way down to Indonesia - Packing Advice

Rather than bringing single purpose winter gear consider equipping yourself with multi-purpose gear: Rather than snow boots bring a good set of hiking boots instead. For me those work well enough in ...
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How to list Trans-Siberian as a hotel on a Russian visa application

I figured I'd answer my own question in case anyone else has this issue. As I mentioned in a comment, the agency that issued my invitation said to leave off the Trans-Sib from the hotels section. I ...
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Maximum luggage dimensions when traveling Platzkart?

In platzkart there are two places where you can put your luggage — below the lower bunk and on the "third" (luggage) bunk above the second bunk. There is no rule that luggage of both passengers should ...
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Maximum luggage dimensions when traveling Platzkart?

Usually the luggage in platzkart should be that size it could be hidden under the sleeping place, @EugeneO is right. But there are some details you can use in your way. Let's take a look on the ...
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Trans-Siberian trip in August

I did much train travel in the area (Murmansk, St P, Moscow, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Aktau, and Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator) back in 2011, and aside from the final leg from Irkutsh ...
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Is Russia a dog-friendly country?(Vladivostok, Moscow, St.Peterburg. etc.)

From my experiences in Russia, dogs are treated very poorly. When I visited Maykop, I saw dogs eating another dog, right next to the main market, on the street. People in traffic were honking at these ...
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Is Russia a dog-friendly country?(Vladivostok, Moscow, St.Peterburg. etc.)

There are cars in Russian trains which are suited for travelling with pets. Note that they expect you to buy the whole compartment if you are travelling with big dog. I'm not sure that your dog will ...
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Using APEC Business Travel Card on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

The closest I can find to an official party line is this VFS Global website that states: If you are travelling to Russia with NON-BUSINESS purposes such as Tourist or Employment, you have to ...
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Maximum luggage dimensions when traveling Platzkart?

The official rules just say a maximum of 180cm as a sum of all dimensions, and 36kg (e.g see here in Russian, unfortunately can't find an official rzd.ru reference with a quick search, but all ...
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How to list Trans-Siberian as a hotel on a Russian visa application

OP comment provided the answer: I managed to get ahold of the agency that issued my tourist invitation. They said to leave the Trans-Sib off the hotels section entirely.
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