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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 will be arriving in Beijing on Thursday. I'm part of a particular internship program and we are staying in a specific apartment. I have been informed that as part of police registration, we have to give the reception our passports for 1 day. Does it sound dodgy? I know police registration is a requirement for all foreigners but from my earlier experience in China, it's done at checkin immediately. I plan to NOT give my passport in any circumstance - am I being paranoid? Is it common for…

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Hello guys, I've travelled South East Asia a lot but haven't been to China too much. I'm curious how much is a simple ensuite (private bathroom included) room in different parts of China for a night? To give an example in Thailand or Cambodia they cost approximately 15 usd if aircon and 10 usd if a fan only room. Is it easy to find such rooms in China? and are there any differences in how they work compared to South East Asia? I.e. check in times, etc?
Thanks

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Hello All

I am currently living in China and will be leaving in a few months. I live in Tianjin in the North East of China but before I go I was hoping to take a few days to travel to see some of China's wildlife.
From my research I have found Panda sanctuaries near Chengdu but not much else. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other activities possible for animal lovers to experience China's wildlife.
Preferably in the North of China, but I am willing to move around.

Thanks
Harry

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I have a long layover in Beijing , almost entire day from 5 AM to 8 PM at Beijing, and I plan on visiting Great Wall at Mutianyu and then around downtown ( like Tienanmen Square, forbidden garden). Would love to have someone to have fun for a day. Anyone interested?

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I will be in Beijing and Shanghai, with Australian credit/debit cards. I guess ATM's are plentiful. Do they accept foreign cards (4 digit pins)?
Is Australian cash readily exchanged, or Is US$ more acceptable?

I want to take the super fast train from Beijing to Shanghai. Is booking in advance necessary?

This is forward planning - I'm looking at next June.

Thanks.

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Hello! My family (husband and 16 month old daughter) are moving to Shenyang from the US to teach in a small school there in August. We're super excited but we have lots of questions! 1. We want to take our 2 cats with us. Does anyone have experience flying over with pets as carry on or checked luggage? What is the quarantine like? Is there a home quarantine option? 2. Who would you recommend we us for cell service? 3. Does an iPhone or an Android work best? Currently we have pretty high end…

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I wonder whether arrival to Xiamen (main railway station) at 2.15 p.m. will still give me enough time to continue to Kinmen and find accomodation there on arrival?
How long can it take to between arrival to Xiamen train station and reaching Kinmen? Is there a direct bus between Xiamen train station and the ferry to Kinmen?
Will the tourist information office in Shuitou, Kinmen, be still open? I plan to rely on the tourist information for finding budget homestay-style accomodation on arrival in…

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Hello everyone,
We are currently arranging to travel around China by train for 3 weeks.
As we arrive in most towns and cities we will have maps in English to help us get around the sites in each destination.
Could someone please let us know if most or all of the street names in the following cities are in English as well as Chinese,if they are only in Chinese we may have problems.
Beijing
Pingyao
Xian
Chengdu
Chonquing
Jinzhou
Shanghai
many thanks