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It’s come to our attention that there’s an error in the Beijing city guide. (We printed the map from page 291 on page 293.)
We’ve fixed the ebook and the digital chapters, but if you’ve bought a copy of the book already you can get a corrected copy of pages 292 and 293 here.
TIBET PERMIT UPDATE 2012
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This thread is about travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.). This thread does not include information about Tibetan areas outside of T.A.R. For questions, about non-TAR Tibetan areas please search the TT and/or start a new thread.
For travelers wishing to travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region a permit is required along with your normal Chinese visa. This permit is checked by officials when boarding any flights to ... more »
Until recently, it was relatively easy to get a Chinese visa. The situation has changed beginning about mid March and it is expected to remain unstable until well after the Olympics.
It is now impossible to get a 6 or 12 month multiple entry business visa.
It is now impossible to get entries longer than 30 days.
In many embassies and consulates it would appear impossible to get a double entry tourist visa.
It has been reported that beginning July, it may be difficult to impossible to get extensions.
From Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, April 6:
"Beijing has stopped issuing multiple-entry visas, risking major inconvenience to foreigners who travel to the mainland regularly, especially on business. Hong Kong travel agents say the ban will stay in place until after the Olympic Games.
+Travellers are now restricted to single- or double-entry visas valid for 30 days. ... more »
I will be travelling solo in Mongolia from 20th June to 29th June. If anyone is interested in taking a Gobi tour at that time please get in touch!
Anyone know the state of the snow pack this year on Mount Fuji? I'm planning to climb it pre-season on June 15th and was curious if there is likely to be too much snow to reach the summit.
Also, is one route better than another in early season? Does the snow melt more quickly on one route than another?
We are planning to visit Japan in Dec and a have a query on visa requirements.
I have a British & Australian passport and my fiance has South African.
We have noticed on various govt sites that for Sth Africans, apart from bank statements, they need a day by day paid for itinerary, before a visa is granted.
Would this be the same as the Chinese visa requirements, where you can book accomodation online and then cancel after receiving a visa, or is Japan's requirements different.
Any info would be appreciated. Thankyou
Hey Lonely Planet,
This is my first trip to Japan and Im going for 4 weeks this August. I have more than enough money, im just wondering how much liquid cash I should bring with me. I've already converted $3,100 CAD into Yen, but I do not know if its enough...Ive already payed for my flights and Hotels no problem. Its just spending money im concerned with. Im going to use the shinkansen for fast transportation between cities. I know tickets are expensive, but Ill be using my international debit or Credit card for that.
My itinerary is as follows
Week 1: Tokyo. Aug 1-8
- Visiting landmarks such as Shibuya Crossing, the Hachiko Statue, Yoyogi park, Temples around Ueno, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree etc.
- One very nice dining experience.
- shopping for small souvenirs
- Lots of subway use
- Restaurants...but mostly a lot of the mom and pop shops, cafes, street food.
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This year, January I went to Tokyo and brought my lonely planet guide.
When I was in Tokyo, I just wanted to buy an English book(used),
so I went to Gooddaybooks(8th Tokyo explained that was located in Ebisu). But they moved to Gotanda(near Ebisu)
If you want to buy some used-English book, when you might be traveling in Tokyo..
(http://www.gooddaybooks.com/contents/home/?language=english) Please check this site.
even if you're smartphone.. because i didn't know about that so I was roaming around the wrong site.
Have a nice trip and god bless your flight . bye.
P.S. I am not a owner at Gooddaybooks :-) I live in Korea.
Edited by: hongkongstar
My friend and I are travelling around Asia this summer, and we're looking into the best way to get from Vietnam to Hong Kong. Flight prices from Ho Chi Minh (in Vietnam) are working out at around £150 (and more from Ha Noi), so I looked into travelling overland. It seems it's doable, but takes around 3 days, and takes you right into China and you go to Hong Kong from there. So, I was wondering if, since we're only gonna be passing through China, we could perhaps get a different visa to the normal (expensive) tourist visa?
Thanks for any help you can give.
I did a search on this topic but nothing specific came up so here goes:
Everybody seems to agree BCLU is the best uni to learn Mandarin in Beijing.Any other recommendation?
Are there courses for intermediate level learners?I am looking for short term courses,a maximum of six months.
I emailed BCLU and I am yet to receive their reply.
Would another university in Beijing cost less than BCLU but still be as good teaching wise?
Thanks a lot!
p.s I intend to go next year.
We are looking for a verry nice hotel/ B&B/ hostel in Shanghai.
What we are after is:
- a good atmosphere
- rooftop swimming pool
- in or near the centre (the bund)
We are mid 40, have a lot of travel experience (backpacking) and are used to sleep in dorms in hostels. Shanghai is at the end of our 6 week trip with the transsiberian expres and after sleeping in dorms, we like to have a bit of comfort. Or actually a lot of comport!
We love to stay in a 5 star hotel, but don't want to go over the top moneywise. For us, atmosphere is the most important thing. Any ideas are welcome. Even a good hostel/homestay is fine by us.
Im Heading to hangzhou tonight and I would like to do some trekking on the yellow mountain. Has anyone done it recently? If yes, did you sleep up there? And which way did you do?
The LP suggests to do the western steps on the way down but I'd like to see your opinion!!
Thanks a lot !
I have a flight booked from Sydney to Istanbul, via Guangzhou and Beijing (PEK)
I have looked at the chinese embassy page and have seen that if I have a connecting flight and don't leave the airport then I dont need a transit visa, however I am concerned about the Guangzhou-Beijing as it will be a domestic flight which would require me to leave the international section of the airport.
I have emailed the embassy and always the airways ( china southern) but was wondering if anyone has experienced anything similair to this and could help me out?
First time to japan with my husband and 2 kids 13 & 11 , want to spend about 3 weeks ckecking out lower part of japan, kyoto , hiroshima , miyajima other spots along the way if someone could recommend . then spend about 3 weeks in japan alps snowboarding in the later part of jan also tips if anyone has info . its our first time backpacking with 2 kids my husband and i backpacked the world for 3 years in the late 90's but with kids it needs lots of planning. first dilemma is getting from narita to somewhere and we land at 8pm at night, do we stay in narita and head south next day and to where first or go into tokyo for a couple of days and then move south. my husband wants to do 5-6 days in tokyo before we leave and then we can buy things without carrying around whole japan.
can we send my husbands snowboard to somewhere in snowfields and how
we don't want to do all tourist areas we... more »
I'm planning to travel this summer through China. I don't travel with a settled plan and do not feel compelled either to visit the main touristic sights but look for an interesting experience. So far, I've planned to have a camel riding trek in the taklimakan desert and a horse trek (maybe in Sichuan).
I'm also looking for: a place where I could possibly share the lives of the locals, a monastery where I could stay overnight or have a retreat for a couple of days, places which are stuck in time (either with colonial or traditional chinese atmosphere/architecture) and any other great experience I could have in china that I may have not even heard about.
I may have to add that I will enter china by bus from Kazakhstan so I will start with the Western part of china and then follow my whims. All kind of recommendations on these would be much appreciated, thanks. more »
So i land in Beijing on Sunday 7th July and Exit Hong Kong Saturday 27th July.
I understand this is a short trip in terms of a country the size of China but its as much time as I can get off work.
I plan on spending at least 4 days in Beijing to take in the Wall, Forbidden city and to get lost in the city. After this I plan to get the over night train to Xien to see the Terracotta warriors. After this im not that sure which way to take my trip I would like to go to YuanYang and see the rice terraces. would this be possible and where would you stop along the way from Xien. Or would it involve to much traveling, for the time I have?
At the end of the trip I want 3 preferably 4 days to split between Hong Kong and Macau.
we are looking to travel from Beijing to Chengdu in order to spend 2 or 3 days around the Yangtze river. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to see the most beautiful areas of it, without doing a long cruise?
I am looking at doing a day hike along the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. I am wondering if there is a way to access this area from Beijing via public bus/transport and enter without a tour group? Has anyone ever done this section without a guide?
If not, does anyone know an affordable tour group that does this trip? I have seen many options online but would like to get something cheap (or less touristy)
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