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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, we're trying to plan our first 3 weeks trip in China but we can't figure out an itinerary. We are quite experienced travellers but we don't speak chinese and our budget is a maximum of 40 dollars per day per person. We will start on august 15th. I think the first week will be in Beijing, Datong, Pingyao and Xian. From here there are 2 options: 1) chengdu and surroundings-songpan-jiuzhaigou-langmusi-xiahe- xining-xian- beijing (no flights, only train and buses) 2) silk road to urumqui (or…

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Hi,
I wonder if it's possible to book domestic flights in China from Europe (with a europea credit card) through spring airlines website. Has anyone tried this company? Can you suggest me some other low cost airlines for domestic flights in China? I thought you could find everything on Ctrip, but actually I can't find spring airlines flights in it.
thank you

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Hey wanderlusters!,

I'm planning to do the Karakoram highway in October, at the moment applying the Pakistani visa. Ideally I would like to get all the way to Kashgar and take the train to Urumqi and fly back home from there.
Anybody here that recently applied for Chinese visa in Europe that included Xinjiang province on their itinerary?, what are my odds in getting the visa? At the moment I'm living and working in Czech Rep, so will apply via the embassy in Prague alternately send my passport…

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I will travel for a couple of weeks in August/September in China.
What's your favourite place to travel in China?
Where you advise me to go ?
EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING PLACES(i already been here):
Beijing
Tianjin
Nanjing
Xi'An
Pingyao
Shanghai
Hangzhou
Suzhou
Kunming
Dali
Lijiang
Shangrila
Jinhong
Datong
Yinchuan
Jiayuguan
Dunhuang
Hami
Turpan
Urumqi
Kashgar
Manzhouli (Inner Mongolia)
Hailaer(Inner Mongolia)
Chengdu
Chongqing
Qinghuandao
Shenyang
Wudangshan
Harbin

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Hi, I would like to travel to chine for 3-4 weeks in October.

  1. I Under the beginning of October is national Holiday in China and is best to avoid travelling in that time. Is that so? What days in October are best to avoid? what earliest date in October would you suggest to begin my trip in Beijing.

  2. Could you please suggest a 3-4 weeks itinerary in China? The places I am most interested in are: Beijing, Xian (maybe), Chengdu, Sichuan, Yunnan (Lijiang, Tiger leaping gorge)…

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Hi Going on a 4 month trip ,flying into Hong Kong then going overland through China into Laos then into Thailand flying home from Bangkok, Trailfinders says I have to have a ticket out of Hong Kong otherwise the airline might not let me board the flight.Has anybody come across this before or got any ideas eg. will train or bus ticket do or a cheap flight anywhere.Oh I am U.K. passport holder, many thanks

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Hi all,

I'm a Mexican citizen planning a trip to China. Our itinerary looks as follows:

-Fly into Hong Kong. Stay there three days.
-Fly to Shanghai. Stay there three days.
-Train to Beijing. Stay there three days.
-Train to Xian. Stay there two days.
-Fly to Hong Kong. Stay there one day.
-Fly back home.

I understand that we need a single-entry visa, as we will only be entering mainland China once; however, my question is about the round-trip flight requirement. Our round-trip flight is to/from…

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Hi, we have decided not to overnight on the mountain and will now leave Hongcun early morning and spend the day only then overnight in Huangshan City. 17january. Questions are :
1/ what would be the best time to leave Hongcun to avoid some of the crowds, is it going to be busy being so close to New year and being winter?
2/ what would be the best way up in winter, I've read Yungu cable isn't as busy as Yuping?
3/ which area is best in winter, which area may be blocked off due to snow or slippery…