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…
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?
The question often gets asked "Can I bring into China cheese/coffee/rollmops?" and the answers seem to be lost in the Thorntree search function, IIRC the consensus was that inbound Chinese Customs don't care about anything that doesn't leak on the floor or stink. However I was intrigued to find on a recent China Southern flight in the seatback pocket with the aircraft safety notes a double sided A4 page in English and Chinese of things that cannot be brought into China as private imports. There…
We are traveling to Shanghai this week for 4 days and we would like to have a day trip to West lake in Hangzhou city. We read that this is doable in one day. We are intending to book our train tickets to Hangzhou online to avoid crows at the train station (is this a good idea?). I would like to ask whether you know a reliable cruise company for a mini cruise in the West Lake. How much we must expect to be charged for this, or maybe better, what will be a reasonable price in a…
After reading pretty much the entire guidebook, I've worked out the following very tentative itinerary for a 1 month plus 2 month trip in China in the spring and summer. I'll include some of the places on the route that caught my eye, but I know all of them might not be feasible to fit in because of time constraints. There are a lot of question marks as I'm not sure which things are really the best. If anyone can mention what they'd cut, add, or do differently, that would be awesome. I'm open to…
We arrive in Beijing next week for a few days before setting off on the trans-Mongolian train. Looking for gweilo-size winter clothes (eg hats, long coats etc) for the trip. Appreciate any suggestions re suitable markets close to central Beijing.
Does anyone know what transport options there are for getting to the Zhoukoudian Peking Man site? I know roughly where it is and approximately how long it should take to get there but not how one gets there. I assume that there must be a bus. If so, where does it leave from and how often does it run/what would it cost?
Alternatively; what do people think would be a fair price for a taxi? It's about 55kms, according to Google, and takes about an hour. Add, say, an hour or 2 walking around…
Back from a 4 day Beijing trip I want to share my update review.
- Great Wall Experience off the Beaten Track and only 45minutes drive from Beijing.
- Fantastic the new China National Museum, now the biggest Museum of the World with an impressive architecture (opposite of Tianamen Square).
- The old Hutong around Drum & Bell Tower, Lama and Konfuzius Tempele was for me the best location to stay, it’s becoming hip among the locals but still very authentic. Cheap and great eateries around for…