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…
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…
Heading to Chengdu and surroundings with my younger siblings and my mum in early December. Wondering how long to stay there for and if we can get around Chengdu without a guide (is public transport safe and accessible). We are hoping to do and wondering if it is worth doing: Mount Emei and the Golden Summit, see the pandas at Wolong or Dujiangyan Panda base or the Chengdu research base, Leshan and the Giant Buddha, Jiuzhai Valley (might be too far away and is it worth it?). We are open to…
We are planning a trip to China in November-December and was looking for some opinions on our itinerary. Are we biting off more than we can chew? Many thanks.
Beijing - 4 days
Shanghai - 4 days
Huangshan - 3 days
Xi'an - 2 days
Chengdu - 3 days
Guilin - 3 days
Hong Kong - 3 days
I am planning to do a 2-4 day hike in the Leaping Tiger Gorge of Yunan Province. The starting point is Lijiang and the end point is Quiatou, where we will catch a bus back to Lijiang. You can read about this hike in both editions of Lonely Planet China. Suffice to say it is a spectacular, scenic gorge with a very friendly infrastructure of guest house that provide food, accommodation, and information along the way. For this hike you travel light, carrying only clothing, snacks and water…
This winter holiday my girlfriend and I are planning a four-day trip to Yunnan Province. She told me the most popular places to travel in Yunnan are Dali, Kunming, and Lijiang. Since it's our first time traveling to this province are there any suggestions to which place would be better? Any suggestions would be amazing. Thanks!
PS: I also realize a plane ticket to Dali is very expensive compared to flying into Kunming are there transportation services that can take you to Dali for a cheap…
I'm searching for any information about the yellow mountains.
We are going to fly to Hangzhou and would like to visit the mountains, 2 days 1 night, in december!
Can we do it by ourselves? Or is it impossible?
Any suggestions, about routes, hotels, anything?
Thanks a lot!
I will be travelling from Chengdu to Zhengzhou from 14 - 25 november and am looking for some great travel ideas.
I'm a photographer that wants to capture the contrast between the Chinese life and the immense change (cities, society etc) and the extremely beautiful nature.
So what am I looking for?
- Preferably non-touristic, true/real experiences. Unless something is that special that tourists will be there anyway.
- I would like to have a more authentic and off…
Hello everyone !
I'm going for a long trip in SE Asia in a few weeks, and I will start by a few days in Shanghai. Then, I will fly to Chiang Mai, in Thailand.
I heard about the 144h allowed without visa in shanghai if you are in transit ; however, some sites say you need a visa for the country you go to next, some say "only if needed". In Thailand, for a french citizen (which I am), you get a visa exemption if you stay less than a month (which I'm planning to do), so I didn't get a Thai visa…