It’s come to our attention that there’s an error in the Beijing city guide. (We printed the map from page 291 on page 293.)
We’ve fixed the ebook and the digital chapters, but if you’ve bought a copy of the book already you can get a corrected copy of pages 292 and 293 here.
Until recently, it was relatively easy to get a Chinese visa. The situation has changed beginning about mid March and it is expected to remain unstable until well after the Olympics.
It is now impossible to get a 6 or 12 month multiple entry business visa.
It is now impossible to get entries longer than 30 days.
In many embassies and consulates it would appear impossible to get a double entry tourist visa.
It has been reported that beginning July, it may be difficult to impossible to get…
Is anyone else having trouble accessing g-mail? I'd not had any problem with it up until just before Christmas but now am "unable to access the g-mail server" both from my VPN-less phone and my VPN-enabled lap-top (From which I can access all other Google services I have tried).
Despite continued hopes for holiday scheduling reform, none have come to the country’s long-time convoluted annual holiday schedule that results in an entire country of 1.36 billion people going on holiday at the same time.
There are 7 official state holidays in 2015, with just 11 actual days off.
New Year (Xin Nian) January 1 (Thursday)
Actually a 1 day holiday, but officially proclaimed as a 3 day holiday (they include the 2 weekend days you would have had anyway)
Stolen weekend days:…
There's apparently been a major leak of user information -- including passwords, ID numbers, and email addresses -- from www.12306.cn, the official China Rail booking site, or from apps using the site. Change your password now if you've registered there, or used a third-party app for access.
http://www.rising.com.cn/about/news/rising/2014-12-25/16894.html (in Chinese)
I'm living in Beijing and have some time off for New Year's but not much money. I'd really like to find somewhere to go for just an overnight trip- somewhere I could take a bus or train to in 2-3 hours, spend the night and enjoy something besides the urban landscape. Somewhere with a hostel or budget accomodation me and a few friends could stay at would be nice.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place to go and where we could stay while there? I'm really up for anything:…
I just took a trip to the above area and hugely enjoyed it - so thought I would post some of the details here, as it was not easy to find useful (English language) info online prior to the trip. Essentially Sanqingshan has scenery that is similar to (I felt) and in many ways the equal of Huangshan. However, whilst there is some tourism development it sees far, far fewer people. It's also an important site for Daoism.
The new Shanghai/Guangzhou high speed line has really opened up…
When I arrived in Beijing, VPN was working fine and I could access sites that could normally be blocked. It's my third day now, and VPNs automatically disconnect, so I use Hola. It works fine as well, but here's the problem. I can view pictures on Instagram as well as comment on them, but I can't post pictures. There is mostly no problem with the WiFi, so does anyone know what's wrong? Also, the WiFi in my hotel only works intermittently. Is that common throughout Beijing or is it just a…
I'm going to visit Hong Kong in late January for 5 full days. I'm planning to go to Macao also.
What can you advise to see/try? where are the best areas to look for an hotel in the city?
It's easy to walk through the city?