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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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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.

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Hi. I am busy planning a trip to China, and need some itinerary advice. I plan on flying into Beijing and out from Hong Kong, and have about 7-10 days in between to allocate. The main priority will be to get out of the major cities and experience some of the natural scenery China has to offer (I'm therefore less interested in the typical Xi'an or Chengdu tourist loop).

At the moment the main considerations are
a) Yunnan (Lijiang with Shaxi and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and either Dali or Shangri…

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I would like to see the Rainbow Mountains, but I would be in that area near mid November. I realize it will be cold, but I wonder if anyone has been there that time of year, and was it worth it. I will be traveling from Mongolia to Xining. Any suggestions or help greatly appreciated.

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I 've got the impression that it's possible to hike from Songpan to Huanglong on backroads/hiking trails but I'm unable to find info on exact route and possible accomdation/camp options. Does anyone know or there really is a worthwhile hike and where to find info?

Is there an option to extend such a hike and to continue to Jiuzhaigou? If I look at the map I would expect it should be possible though snow in the higher regions might be an issue (hope to be there first half of oktober) and I doubt…