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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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Confused about what type of visa I should be getting. A colleague and I (both Masters degree trained professionals) have been invited to facilitate training with staff at a school in Beijing for 10 days for a small amount of pay. What type of visa does this fit under?
Thank-you!

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I'm in a situation where a school is flying me and a colleague from Toronto to Beijing to facilitate some very short term training with staff at her school. We have requested to be reimbursed for our flights before we go (we're now realizing we should have had her purchase the flights but it's too late to negotiate this now). She has stated that she will reimburse us via email money transfer before we leave. Being that we have trouble communicating via regular email, it seems like an email…

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I am travelling to China in August and am wondering what to do for an itinerary, I have the following outlined at the momemnt but with some gaps.

  • Arrive in HK mid morning from Hanoi
  • Hong Kong - 2 nights, 3 days
  • flight to Giulin - straight to Yangshuo by bus
  • Yangshuo - 2 nights , 3 days
  • bus to Guilin - flight to Xian
  • Xian 4 nights 4 days incl. 1 night in Hua Shan
  • Overnight sleeper to shanghai

Then the following two destinations have to be in this order
- Shanghai 5 nights…

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Hello
I'd like to know if I need a visa for china or I can have a transit visa 144h upon my arrival in PVG Shanghai.
My flight schedule is:
Amsterdam 09:30 PM October 20 2016 -Shanghai PVG 02:05 PM October 21 2016 KLM
Shanghai PVG 08:25 AM October 27 2016 - Seoul 11:10 AM October 27 2016 China Southern Airlines
Seoul 04:15 PM October 31 2016 -Guangzhou 07:20 PM October 31 2016 China Southern Airlines
Guanzhou 00:20 November 1st 2016 - Paris 06:40 November 1st 2016 China Southern Airlines
Thanks

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Hi,

I am in Zhangjiajie from the for three days in July I would like to go to Hongjiang Old Town and Qiangyan both south of Huaihua. My plan was to do it all by bus as the trains seem to be all booked out. Does anybody know whether there are buses going from Zhangjiajie to Huaihua (how often and how long does it take).

Then from Hongjiang Old Town I wanted to go to Chongqing. However, this seems to turn into a bit of a nightmare as the trains from Huaihua to Chongqing are fully booked out…

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Hi. Please help me get information about the park Huanglong. Is it possible to buy bottles of oxygen at the entrance to the park or where. As far as the march bottle enough. What is the weight.

The secon thing - what is the red trail from Upper Station Cableway to the Five Colour Lake. Are these 2 km are uphill or down. Can I also slide down a cableway or just a ride to the top for a person who doesn't want to go down 5-7 km.
If I want to see the Five Color Lake do I have to leave the trail…

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My friends and I are visiting Kham in July, and are thinking of flying from Chengdu to Kangding. Once there, we plan to hire a car to drive us to our next destination, most likely either Litang or Tagong. We would prefer not to go back into Kangding itself, since that is the wrong direction. Does anyone know if there are drivers and cars available at the Kangding Airport?

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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 Hongkong and 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…