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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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Going on an escorted tour to China for 19 days Aug.31. So I have no questions as to where to go and what to do.
All transfers from airports to hotels, in country flights, buses and a 4 day river cruise etc are all included. Almost all meals are included. I think only a couple of meals are my responsibility.

But what I would like to know is, what vaccinations should I be getting? I'm a senior so certain situations probably won't apply to me, like Hep-B, Darn it.

Wherever I go I always like to…

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hi there! im travelling china for 24 days starting 1st july. There is so much i want to see and do but due to the size of china, i know its impossible to see everything in just a month. What is the best thing to do...visit just one province or is it possible to choose 2-3 provinces (ones that are next door to one another).

thanks! dan

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I have an evening and two days in Luoyang by myself. I'm hoping I'll make some pals in the hostel to explore with but just in case that doesn't happen, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to do there? Luoyang wasn't on my original itinerary so I don't know much about it.
Longtan Valley looks good... any thoughts?
Thanks!

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Chengdu

I'm travelling to Chengdu for a few days at the end of this month, before moving on to Shanghai via a river cruise.

Neither my travel companion nor I have anything but very, very basic Mandarin (almost literally hello and thank you currently, although will do my best to try and learn a little more).

We're thinking of doing some day trips, and I'm wondering how possible it will be to get around ourselves using trains and buses? Previously we have managed to get around Beijing but that was on…

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Going to Bejing and Xian in late October/early November. What are you favorite budget places for lodging? I am looking for a double, clean, safe, and inexpensive. Thanks for your comments

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Does anybody know if Americans can (easily?) get 10-year, multiple-entry, tourist visas to the mainland in:
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Hong Kong?
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Macao?
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India:
- New Delhi?
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- Kolkata?
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- Mumbai?
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Thanks.

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MU-5443

The photos look pretty drastic...
Anyone on this flight?

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I just came back from a trip to the places mentioned in the header. April was a little bit wet, but I also had some sunny weather. I started from Shanghai and mostly used G- and D-trains, which makes transport very convenient.
Sanqingshan: I took the train from Shanghai Hongciao to Yushannan (214Y). From the train station I jumped in the only waiting bus and went to the local bus station in Yushan, where I took a bus to Sanqingshan. The bus took me to the Waishuangxi Tourist center (there is a…