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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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Last week me and my friends wanted to visit Seda County/Larung Gar during our backpacking trip through South-China. After a 12 hour busride we were stopped at the border of Seda County by local armed forces. They told us the government closed of Seda for foreigners.
They also told us bus stations, hostels, etc... were warned to tell foreign tourists Seda was closed off but they still sold us tickets anyway. (They probably ripped us off to make a profit. The bus driver also acted very shady…

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Hi,
I am planning to travel to Chine starting mid-October for about a month or so.
The planned destinations are: Beijing, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shanghai.

Do you think the weather at this time should be good or to cold to travel? I plan to hike also the tiger leap gorge.
I'm a bit worried about the floods I hear about in the news. do think it should be safe at that time?

also, how safe and easy is it for a sole traveler in china in general?

thanks!

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Hello everyone,
Two of my college roommates and I will be spending two weeks in China this August. We are landing in Shanghai, and then plan to take a train to Guilin and spend a couple of days there. Afterwards we will be taking a train to Beijing, spending a few days there, flying to Xi'an, and then taking one final train across the country back to Shanghai where we will spend our last few days. My question is regarding the comfort level and fun of the trains. I've heard that some trains at…

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Is it possible to upgrade a single entry visa to a double entry visa? Particularly in Urumqi?

Thanks

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Hi there,

Can anyone advise what information i will be required to provide to obtain a chinese tourist visa in Australia?

I'm a UK passport holder and I will be in Australia for 5 weeks.

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No USA visa.
from Panama to Hong Kong.
From the end of September to the end of October. Around 30 days.
Round-trip.
1,173US$ (via Amsterdam)

Is it a good deal? Or should I wait?

Thank you.

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I'm interviewing for HESS International Educational Organization in Wuxi. Does anyone have experience in the city as an ex-pat or with the school? (Or know of anyone who has taught with HESS -- particularly in Wuxi/China)

I just want to know how ex-pat friendy the city is, which is hard to gauge from the Wikipedia page with its stats on population and so on. Is it really only an hour by bullet train from Shanghai? I know that I would be moving to a foreign country (and I've lived in a couple…

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Does anybody know if there are any good tailors in Lijiang? And if so, what kind of price do they charge for a men's suit, shirts and so on.