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Hi everyone,
I'm Lonely Planet's destination editor for China. The previous post on this topic had gotten very long and was started several years ago. A lot has changed about the Chinese visa situation, so I thought it might be useful to provide a summary of the current situation as we and our writers understand it. For the full run-down on everything you need to know about visas and entry requirements for China, including prices and detailed processing times, check out the China page: http://ww

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As obtaining a Chinese tourist visa appears to have gotten much easier, that long sticky thread has now been released to float. OTOH there appear to be increased concerns and lots of issues related to obtaining a tourist visa extension.

It is my intention to search through and try to collect some posted information here in this thread but would appreciate others offering first hand information and questions here rather than starting multiple threads.

For starters, Leshan has consistently been…

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Hi there, quick question: should one book accommodation in western sichuan in advance in july? thanks so much!

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Hey, I'll probably be in China soon. I'll be around Chengdu for the Labor Day weekend (and planning to lay low there, so no touristic activities planned) and I need to be in Guangzhou 5 days after or in Shenzhen 7 days after if I decide to skip Guangzhou. Ill be using trains, highspeed or hard sleepers.

I never bothered with he overly touristic spots in China on my last three trips. To me it's more about the food, meeting people, wandering around, nature (especially hiking). I have to admit, I…

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Hello,

I will be visiting China with my wife and 1 year old baby (from hong kong). I'd like to know what do you think about the following.
Please note that i'll be visiting during labour day holliday, and probably will be in xi'an at the time.
I have 1 more day to add, would you add a new city nearby or add a day in one of the cities i'm planning to visit.
I'm also thinking of dropping Shanghai, because it is a 100 usd train and maybe for 2 days only it's not worth it (not even if we go to…

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I was using Ctrip to search for a flight GuangZhou to ChongQing flying on April 10.
I notice that the Mainland Chinese website displays more cheap flights than the English, HK English & HK Chinese websites. When a flight shows the same airlines and the same time departures, the prices are still cheaper on the Mainland Chinese websites than the other three websites mentioned. All the searches were done using same critiques (to/from places, date & currency) except the languages.
Could anyone explain…

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I am planning a trip with a girlfriend in September 2017 to China for two weeks. We are flying into Shanghai and out of Hong Kong (to go to Japan for an additional week). I am hoping to get some help on the best route if we are looking to go to Zhangjiajie (our #1 destination) as well as Beijing. I would also like advice on how to allocate time in Beijing, Zhangjiajie and Hong Kong. We are looking for cheap but are willing to spend a bit more if it helps us majorly with time. I am just having a…

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I get in HK 23:15 then taking metro to terminus on HK Island (International Finance Centre). My booked hotel is JJ Hotel on Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai. Google map says 3.3 -3.6 km. What should a taxi run to after midnight for this distance? Thanks.

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Hi!
We were planning a city trip to Beijing, got all overly excited and want to extend. Yay! And then it become difficult. Our main constraint is time. We arrive on a Sunday, leave two weeks later on a Saturday.

We have not bought tickets yet. Start in Beijing perhaps? We can exit from Beijing or Hong Kong or Shanghai or Chongqing or Chengdu, which are reasonbly priced and internationally operated (by KLM.)

Short bio: we are in our forties, flashpackers, (backpacking) we do not like shopping…

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I have done a research by myself concerning the luggage policy on ferries between Hong Kong and Macau. Actually, I will use this connection in May and I plan to take one bag on wheels weighing up to 12 kg and one rucksack, weighing up to 4 kg at most. Now, I perfectly understand one piece of luggage policy which is supposed to be very strict as far as it is written on Turbojet and Cotai Water Jet websites, but I would like to know whether is it really so strictly enforced? I am asking this…