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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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I do arrive on a Cathay flight mid Nov. in HK at 6am. How do I get to Macau the same day easily to relax a bit ?
which ticket to use ? where do I have to change from airport train to fast ferry ?
Thanks for exact advice !

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Hi fellow travelers,

What is the best and reliable platform to book a domestic flight in China, with reasonable price?

I would like to book a domestic flight from Chongqing to Urumqi. I have tried to book online from the airlines website but I keep encountering obstacles like below.

West Air - doesn't accept credit card payment and I do not have a local bank account
Tianjin Airlines - require me to have a local phone no
China Southern Airlines - when I reach payment page, require me to have a…

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I'll be going to China in late December to early January, on an organised tour group-type trip lasting around 10 days. Most of the time we will be fairly regimented but there will be a limited time for shopping and sightseeing. We start and finish in Beijing.

I'm a gadget geek and I'd love the chance to see and possibly buy a Xiaomi (for example) phone and tablet from a proper shop and bring it back, rather than importing it to the UK at twice the price plus import fees. I'm not looking for the…

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Hi everyone,

I just got the confirmation that my visa request at the Chinese embassy in Hanoi was approved (30 days double entry), and wanted to share my experience since it was different from what I had found online.

First, we got there with the following:
- Passport
- Vietnamese travel visa
- Proof of flights in and out
- Proof of booking for the first night
- Proof of travel insurance (we brought it because we have it even if I read it was not necessary)
- We filled the application on the spot…

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Hello all,

In November my friend and I are going on a six day tour of North Korea. We're flying from London to Beijing where we'll spend one night before going to NK by train, so we don't qualify for the transit visa. Paying £175 for a visa (I live in the outskirts of London but don't have the spare time to get over to the visa centre, so we'd need the postal service) for one night is a little gut-wrenching (we qualify for the transit visa when we leave).

After some searching, I found that…

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Hi there,
My friend David and I will be arriving in Kashgar on Sun 16 Oct 2016 and stay for 3-4 days.
We would be interested to join a 2-3 days English/Mandarin speaking tour to visit places below:
Tashkurgan, Karakul Lake, Karakoram highway, Khunjerab Pass, staying in a yurt and a feel of the
Uyghur culture.
I am holding a Chinese Home visit permit from Hongkong and I can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English
whereas my friend David is a English speaking only from Australia.

Please kindly…

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Hello,
am an austrian citizen and am currently in the north of India planning to go in December this year to Myanmar and Thailand (if possible) and from there via Laos to China beginning 2017.

Am travelling on 2 passports and in one passport there is already one chinese visa which i could receive in Austria before i left home. Was with this visa in western China in July 2016 before going to Pakistan.

Question now is if i need to apply for another visa for China: Is it better to apply for the…

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Ni Hao !
Im planning my travels for 2017 and very very high up on my list are 3-5 weeks in china, in march and/or april.

I have spent 9 months (on 4 trips) in China. I've been to Beijing, Shanghai, Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Hong Kong, Macao, Yunnan, Gansu, Ningxia, Nei Menggu, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Qinghai and Tibet. I enjoyed every place I've been to, for different reasons, but if I had to choose my favourite places, it would probably be Tibetan areas outside of Tibet (like Xiahe, Langmusi and…