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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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Hi all,
Me and my girlfriend will be cycling through iran, central asia, and hopefully china. we were wondering if anyone has had any success with obtaining a chinesse Visa in any Central Asian countries? we just on caravanstan that Tehran's probably the best place, but we're already going to be getting two visa's there and would rather not spend more time there getting another one. any help would much appreciated.
cheers,
sam and Charlie

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Hi All,
I'm going to Shanghai with few friends, we have 2 weeks, than my friend will fly back from Shanghai, I will have one morw week around.
We would likr to visit the area between Shanghai and Xi'an using public transports.
Can you help me in set an itinerary that include the most of unmissable places in this part of China?
we are all middle 30, and wishing to visit not just big cities.

I'm starting to read the guid book and what I've selected this places to see (probably are too many for the…

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Hello everyone,

I'm planning on travelling (approximately):

Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Cizhong - Zhongdian - Daocheng - Chengdu in the next few weeks. If anyone has any recent experience of this route (particularly the Yunnan - Sichuan connection) I'd be very grateful. If anyone's planning on travelling this route soon, do let me know!

Many thanks,

Hamish

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Planning my 6th trip to China. My base will be Beijing and I am looking for suggestions for two 4 night, 3 day trips from Beijing. I'll be with a Mandarin speaker so can take some risks. Internal air travel is not a problem.
So far I have been to Yangshuou, Rice Teraces, Chengyang (twice cos I loved it), Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Dehang, Fenghuang, Lhasa to EBC, Chengdu, Kangding, Tagong, Danba, Xiahe, Xining, Hangzhou, Wuyuan villages and Wutaishan. Cities don't do a lot for me although I really…

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Ok so basic bit of background info here, im an 25 year old male from the UK and i've decided to defer my university graduation untill 2017 to take a gap year.

I started my trip in Thailand, moving on to Laos, Cambodia. Now I am heading to China. Got the China visa in Vietnam, where I am right now. I wish to take the Transsiberian train to Moscow from China. I plan to go off the train in Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg for a day or two.

My main challenge now is the visa for Russia. Does anyone here…

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Hi, regarding our itinerary can someone maybe answer any of these questions please.
1/ where can a find a booking site to later book village BnB in Shuangfeng forest scenic area, Snowntown. Would prefer to stay in local house with Kangtou bed.
2/ cost of driver from Shanghai to Tongli, Xitang and maybe Wuzhen, depending where we overnight. Is this too much in one day? Would it be a daily cost?
3/ Approx. cost of driver from either Xitang or Wuzhen to Huangshan Tunxi city, does it take around 5…

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Hello all

I am going 2 weeks plus to China. The first one I will be roaming around Dongbei but still no specific plans for the second one.

I am not planning to take internal flights so I was interested in suggestions for things to do around Beijing (let's say a 2-3 hours radius) without having to be based there. I have been to Beijing and the Great Wall (hiked from Jinshanling to Simatai) before, so prefer not to repeat.

Tianjin? Shangdu? Chengde? Eastern Qing tombs? any other Great Wall…

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Hi all,

I'd like to post here my initial itinerary before ordering internal flights - X'ian to JZG and Kunming to Guilin. I'd really appreciate your in-depth look and comments for optional recommended detours I might be missing. Also please tell me if it looks too stressed or too leisurely at times. We're interested in cultural and nature experiences, less big cities. As you can see, I've given some spares for bad weather and transport incidents

Destination + days incl. transportation

Beijing…