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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 am planning on driving from Xining to Emei Shan over 20 days in the beginning of August through the Amdo and Kham regions of Qinghai and Sichuan, making stops for trekking (around Amnye Machin) and stopping to visit monestaries, nomadic regions, and trying to get off the main tourist trail. Roughly....Xining - Machin - 3 days trekking Amnye Machin - Shiqu - Xi Wu - Dege - Zongsar - Karze - Litang - Kangding - Emei Shan. Then I'm planning on spending 3 days walking around Emei Shan, followed by 1 day visiting Leshan and transiting to Chengdu. Then a day in Chengdu before flying home....
1) This will be expensive, but do people thing this trip will be worth it? Will it be an amazing, interesting adventure and cultural experience, with interesting landscapes?
2) Is 3 days in Emei Shan enough/too much time? I want to explore the mountain on foot, stay in monestaries... more »
Specifically for trekking in Northern Sichuan and Yunnan? Looking at Sep-Nov, would that be the right season?
We are planning to spend one night in Yudanaka on a trip this August and just wonder if there are nice hiking trails around the area too? We aren't sure if it is worth to see the Snow Monkey Onsen at this time of year, but are so close in our travels to it, thought it would be a good idea.
Also, any idea for day hikes in Habuka? We are going to do a three day walk in Kamikochi and have a few days left in our travels. Not sure if we should go to Habuka as well, we would only have 1-2 days to spend there. We are going to Nagano, Matsumoto, hiking the Kiso Valley, and visiting Kanazawa in about 12 days of holiday.
thanks for the advice!
Who can tell me how is third-class on the night ferry from Incheon Ferry terminal to Jeju Island? Sleeping in a large room or small room ? And what about a second-class room ? Are there private cabins room for 2 people ? Any idea about the cost ? Thanks.
do you think that with the mandarin audio and phrases book is enough for travel into 5 different regions? or is a most to have the chinese phrases book, even if this doesn`t come with audio??
if you will have 10 days to explore Yangshuo and Chengdu areas, which will be the activities that you choose and in which order?
i`m looking for suggestions for the my first trip. so all the comments are really welcome!!!
Thanks to all.
I plan to go (alone) to Tibet in Early Aug., and I'm looking for a reliable tour company. I'd like to go for about 7-8 days and see the highlights (Lhasa + Shoton Festival, holy lakes, Shigatse and Mt. Everest Base Camp).
So far I got an offer only from "Budget Tibet Tours" - I'd be grateful if anyone has any comments/experience with them. Any recommendations of other reliable companies?
By the way - is taking a hot shower considered such a luxury in Tibet that only few hotels will have them? Thanks.
My husband and I are going to have about 10-12 hour layovers (both layovers will be during the day, with our flights arriving early morning, and leaving late afternoon/early evening) in Hong Kong on our way to and from Kathmandu next year, and neither one of us has been there before so we were just wondering what would be worth doing/seeing while we are there?
Hello, can anyone take a look at my travel itineary and see if I should change something?
I am traveling this June and need to start and end in Beijing. I am not sure if I am trying to do too much, should I remove something? Apparently I need to plan and book everything now, so I can get a visa :(
2013.06.14 Arrive in Beijing
2013.06.16 Fly to Guilin, travel by bus to Yangshuo
2013.06.19 Travel by bus to Xingping village, stay overnight
2013.06.20 Travel back to Yangshuo, take bus to Dazhai
2013.06.21 Rice terraces
2013.06.22 Travel to Fenghuan by train
2013.06.24 Bus to Zhangjiajie
2013.06.27 Travel to Huangshan by plane
2013.06.30 Travel to Nanjing by train
2013.07.02 Trave... more »
My name is Ilton and I'm 21 years old, I'm a filmmmaker and current studying Director of Photography at the Arts Schools. I'm from the Netherlands and heading over about 9 days to Japan. I'm travelling together with my girlfriend , we planned this trip to japan, because we both like to know about it's culture and living. We can't stay stationary, we haven't sufficient money so we will backpack trough Japan, in hope to meet alot of people and discover new places.
Since we're looking for a couch for approx 2 days, we'd like someone not only to hosts us a place to stay, but also who like to tell us about Japan, tell us about what's a normal life in Japan looks like. Also since we're going to backpack, we'd like to know about cheap ways of transport, and what are the best places to go when backpacking.
In the past half year we travelled through asia, thailand, cambodja... more »
need some info related Himalaya climbing, hiking.
hi am looking forward to climb most spiritual point in Tibet, where to ?
i need not too harder route but adventured mount if there are available join to expedition in 2014?
Was at PSB today and he said from 1st July there will be Visa Changes but he was unsure of what they will be so be aware if planning trip to China.
Are there any interesting festivals going on in Xinjiang in August 2013? (Uyghur, Kazakh, Mongolian...)
I know that there will be Mongolian Naadam (horseracing) in Mongolia in July. How about the Mongolian areas of NW Xinjiang (Bayanbulak)? Some dates?
And about the grasslands of Bayanbulak- anyone been there in the last couple of months? Permits needed? Accommodation in yurts available? (not a Chinese concrete holiday park-style but the real thing...) What's the best way to get there?
Are there any areas in Xinjiang that are totally off limits for foreigners?
Thanks for your replies!
Edited by: Wojtek
Is EBC( China side) still out of bound for the foreigners? Waz the nearest city of EBC and how far ? Is there any decent accomodation in that city ? Planning to visit Lhasa in early June. Trying to make a trip to EBC. If colsed, will try to hit a nearby place of EBC.
Anu suggestion or tips ?
Green Lake Park is located in Kunming, Yunnan Province District SCREW mountain, Yunnan University, opposite the main entrance. Although the area is not too great, but very unique. This was originally the Dianchi Lake in a bay, and later became a result of falling water Wangqing lake.
Starting from the Ming Dynasty Yunnan Administration officials have served here repair pavilion construction of buildings. As willows and clear water constitute the main characteristics of the sake of the century officially named Lake. Based on the "green embankment Chunxiao" and famous quartet. Known as the "city of a mosaic in Kunming emerald."
On the front of Green Lake Hotel there is the best English Corner in Yunnan.
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