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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 again guys,
after Yangshou, we were considering to skip Lonji in favor of more remote villages.
I've received an offer for 3 days tour( from sanjiang) around Yangxi and Gaoting.
Does anyone know these place?
Thanks!

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Hi Guys,
we are getting to Yangshou.
I've checked some price and it seems quite expensive:
Gadoline Motorcycle :120 Yuan
Yulong river bamboo: 320
Li river boat trip: 430

Does anyone know if these price are correct?
We would need a guide to do this? or just rent a motorcycle (as we have always done in Asia)?

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I am going to Yunnan this July and would like to ask you for your opinion on the itinerary chosen and the split of time available.

Day 1: Arrival in Dali by plane in the early afternoon
Day 2: Dali (Three Pagodas and Zhonghe Temple & hiking a bit along the face of the mountains)
Day 3: Train to Lijiang and afternoon in Lijiang
Day 4: Lijiang Old Town and maybe a monastery in the surroundings (bike?)
Day 5: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping gorge (short hike, need to restrict to part of gorge to keep time)
Day…

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Hi,

I was wondering if you can help. Tomorrow I am going to Hua Shan for the day and have a couple of questions regarding hiking to the north peak.

I have read there are two ways up:
- Jade fountain temple to North peak - I've heard can take between 3/5 hours depending on fitness, this seems to be the most popular option.
- Soldiers path - 2 hour hike up more vertical stairs. I am struggling to find any info on this?? I really fancy this option, however I just want to make sure I am not crazy in…

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Hi everyone,
Where can I have a name stamp done in Shanghai please?I do not need a very expensive one.Can it be done on the same day?
Thanks a lot!

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Hi there...

We are going to Shanghai Beijing and Xi'an and a few nearby cities for about 2 weeks leaving next week. I know the weather will be very hot so I am packing shorts and short skirts and t-shirts and tanks, a few sundresses. I understand that it is ok to dress like this in general in hot weather... but what about temples? I know I need to keep shoulders and thighs/knees covered... can I just throw a shawl over my shoulders and maybe throw on some leggings under a skirt? I guess I could…

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Went to two place recently that I thought i would mention.

Found a great Indian place in the Chung King Mansion.

Just going into the Chungking Manion is an experience in itself ! But after going in the main entrance go all the way to the back where some elevator are. take the right elevator to the 3rd floor the place is right there. It was stunning good.

Do not let anyone on the first floor you are going to eat. We were swarmed by no less than 15 people trying to get us to go to their…

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So my (German) girlfriend and I (both 22) will be going to China on the 12th of July, and we would love to meet up with some other backpacker(s). Following is our somewhat flexible schedule, if you will be in the same city at that time, please tell me so we can arrange something!

Arrival in Beijing Day 1 (13th Juy) Early morning

Beijing - Day 1, 2, 3
Xian - Day 4, 5, 6
Plane to Zhangjiajie - Day 6, 7, 8, 9
Guilin & Yangshuo - Day 10, 11, 12, 13
Shanghai Day & Surroundings – Day 14, 15, 16, 17, 18