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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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First game on Monday May 30.

Do they broadcast it on one of the cable channels in hotels or hostels?
Bars and Lounges in what areas?
Thanks.

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My destination is Vietnam. My best fare from the U.S. is roundtrip to Hong Kong. Once I visit Hong Kong for 3 days, I have booked roundtrip Hong Kong to Hanoi on Jetstar through Orbitz for a very reasonable fare. Is that a good plan? Reliability issues? I researched same idea through Bravofly, and found MANY complaints. I am thinking Jetstar through Orbitz is better. My biggest concern is the return flight back to Hong Kong to catch return flight to U.S.

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We are traveling from Ottawa, Canada to Hong Kong (with layovers in Chicago and Shanghai), however our final destination is Bangkok. Our flight is supposed to arrive in Hong Kong at 7:15 pm from Shanghai flying on Dragonair, our other flights are on United Airlines. Ideally, we would want to fly to Bangkok on the same day. There is a flight scheduled to depart at 9:35 pm and land in Bangkok at 11:20 pm on Thai AirAsia. We would be booking this flight separately. Would a layover of 2 hours and 20…

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Hi all!
I'm planning my honeymoon with my fiancee for June 29 to July 25; we fly into Kunming and out of Chengdu. So far I've got something like this:
June 29-30: Arrive in Kunming
July 1: Kunming - Lijiang (not particularly interested in Lijiang, just seemed to make travel easier)
July 2: Lijiang- Tiger Leaping Gorge
July 3-4: Tiger Leaping Gorge
July 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangrila
July 6-7: Shangrila (acclimating to altitude, really)
July 8: Shangrila to Deqen
July 9-13: Yubeng
July 14: Yubeng to…

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Hi,
Can anyone recommend a hotel near Beijing Railway Station with a 24 hour check in as will arrive at about 3am!
And how to get to Tiananmen square from there too to save me looking it up!!

Thanks in advance.

Naj

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I'm headed for China soon and i'm really excited about it. I've traveled solo extensively in SEA and elsewhere, but this time it's official business. Specifically, I'm presenting at a conference as a graduate student. The thing is, my advisor (who pays for the flight) knows i like to travel and spend as much time as i can abroad, but the F-type visa that i'm supposed to get allows a maximum of 14 days and i want more. I'm looking for advice that could extend my trip. Worst case - I take the…

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Hello you guys,
I am planning my first time to China, however I am pretty lost .
I am travelling for just 15 days :( and I would like to see both cities and landscapes.
I will fly from México to Shangai, I was planning to stay there 2 days , try to see the city and if you can recommend some places aroung would be great, then I was planning to fly to Beijing and expend there 3 days, then I hear about the venice of china but I am not sure what is better if Zhouzhuang o Suzhou and how far is from…

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Hi all,
Me and my girlfriend will be cycling through iran, central asia, and hopefully china. we were wondering if anyone has had any success with obtaining a chinesse Visa in any Central Asian countries? we just on caravanstan that Tehran's probably the best place, but we're already going to be getting two visa's there and would rather not spend more time there getting another one. any help would much appreciated.
cheers,
sam and Charlie