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Correction to Beijing 9 City Guide

It’s come to our attention that there’s an error in the Beijing city guide. (We printed the map from page 291 on page 293.)

We’ve fixed the ebook and the digital chapters, but if you’ve bought a copy of the book already you can get a corrected copy of pages 292 and 293 here.

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Chinese Visa Sticky

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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Travel time on Beijing subway

Could any locals hazard a guess at how much time it would take to get from the Jiandemen stop on Line 10 going clockwise, changing to Line 5 and getting off at Yonghegong/Lama Temple on a Saturday morning? Thanks.

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How does this first-time itinerary for China sound?

I'm traveling to China for the first time in spring & I'm really looking forward to it. I'm thinking about my route right now, and it's not an easy task with no practical knowledge. Any thoughts on whether this is a doable plan or not?
I'll be in China approximately 17th of April to 25th of May, so around 5 weeks.

Week 1: traveling from Sapa, Vietnam, to the Yuanyang rice terraces. Then going on to Kunming. Traveling to Dali to walk in the Cangshan range, then back to Kunming.
Week 2:…

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Transsiberian - New Year

Hello everyone!

I'm aware that travelling by train in China in february is really crowded and sometimes impossible to get a ticket. Is it the same with trains coming from other countries to China?

I'm starting the transsiberian in January and I think I will arrive in China just before the New Year. Do you think I might have a problem buying the train ticket in Mongolia to enter in China? I'm thinking about buying the tickets point to point.

Cheers!

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Xishuangbanna??

Hi there,

on our way from Kunming to Laos overland by public transport, we would like to spend a few days (maybe even a week) at the Xishuangbanna region of South Yunnan. We heard Jinghong is supposed to be not so welcoming, so we wanted to ask around if anybody has suggestions of places to go, villages to visit, or even guesthouses to stay in the area. We are traveling with our 3 year old daughter, my wife works with textiles and is interested in getting in touch with minority ethnic people in…

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Suggestions for China Itinerary Please

My husband and I will be travelling from India to China in June 2015. At this stage we are flying into Guangzhou on 11 June. From there we will travel, train or fly, to Guilin. We definitely want to explore the Li River. How long should we factor in for this? We need advice on what else to do in this area, or close to. Possibilities are Cycling Yangshuo, Diaolou in Kaiping, Hiking Drag’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Then we are travelling back to Guangzhou.

From there we are flying to Shanghai. This…

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Studying traditional painting in China?

Hi, I am hoping someone here can help me with this as I cannot find any info on the internet.

I am looking to study traditional chinese painting - ink and wash style- during my time travelling through china. Something like one week or 10 days would be great- not a full time college course or anything like that. I will be travelling through Ganesh, shaanxi, Sichuan and yunnan provinces over the next month or so, and would like to find something in these areas hopefully. I am thinking a small…

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buying internal flights from outside China

I just tried to buy a ticket for an internal flight on elong, which I've done many times in the past, but this time after hitting the submit button a popup window appeared asking me to enter a verification code. The problem is that it appears the verification code is sent as an sms to your mobile but they will only send to a number in mainland China.
Since I don't have a phone in mainland China, I can't get the verification code.
Anyone know any way of getting around this or another website…

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Mandarin teacher in Beijing

We are two women who are in Beijing now until Nov 15 and are looking for a tutor--both of us have some knowledge. Any suggestions or referrals would be welcome.