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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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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…

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I'm planning on climbing Huangshan next week and wanted to overnight it to see the sunrise etc. However, all the reasonably priced rooms are booked out and hostels I've emailed have not got back to me regarding camping.
Does anyone know a company that rents tents for camping on Huangshan and how much it costs? Guidebook sugests Y180 but that was a couple of years ago. Need a tent for 2 people.
Alternatively, hypothetically if we were just layer up and stay up all night, is there any kind of…

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I realize this thread was treated here some years ago, however, things may have changed since then. We´ll start our China trip in Shanghai, then going to Hangzhou, Huangshan and Guilin. Transportation from Shanghai to Hangzhou and Hangzhou to Huangshan is pretty straightforward - no problems here. However, getting from Huangshan to Guilin poses some problems - there are no direct trains or busses. An acquintance of ours said that the "simplest" way would be to return back to Hangzhou during…

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Me and my partner are currently completing out L application for our entry to China next Year, we are there for 14 days and we are doing the main tourist areas - Hong Kong, The Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors lots of overnight trains.

We are flying to Hong Kong from Fiji and then out to The Phillippines.

How much does this visa cost and do we send them back via post?

The application also asks for travel itinerary with detailed addresses, we haven't pre booked hotels, is pre booking…

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So, Im looking to do it. I know they dont pay much, at all really. But, I find these agencies are super easy to get a job with, finding me a family, free room, free meals, whatever. In my free time I will look for other small odd jobs and things to do to make extra money. Just wondering about any special experiences you may have had.

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There are some very attractive fares to Southeast Asia, but they come with long (15+ hours) layovers in Wuhan (WUH) or Guangzhou (CAN) or both.

Usually, 15 hours to save $150 would be a deal-breaker, but I am a budget-conscious traveler. From Megan's excellent article, I know I can get a 72-hour pass, and crash at a cheap guest house, then shower and see the city. My question: is there anything interesting to see?

My standards for "interesting" are pretty low. Basically anything more…

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New announcement effective October 1.
http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2015/08-26/7490991.shtml

Something referring to “Foreigner owned vehicle self-drive”. I tried but failed to find any references to bicycle.

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Greetings. I will be traveling from the Yellow Mountains (Tunxi) on Sept 18 to Hangzhou. I have my train booked to the Yellow Mountains from Shanghai but nothing booked to Hangzhou from Tunxi.
Is this something that I need to book in advance? It's my understanding that there is only a bus service and not a train from Tunxi to Hangzhou. Is this correct? Any tips, advice or instructions about this leg of the journey is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
BK