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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.
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 »
TIBET PERMIT UPDATE 2012
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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 »
Im looking for private room for ¥4,000 or less in as central location in Tokyo as possible. Im hoping to spend at least a week there and it will be my first time in Japan. I don't care how small it is and am of course expecting to share a bathroom.
I would prefer not to use a capsule hotel for such a long stay.
It must be close to good transport links.
I have spent plenty of time searching the internet and on here but have not found a great deal.
Kimi Ryokan sounds good but also quite far from place. Google maps predicts that it is over minutes from Ryoguko. Is that right?
Kimi Ryokan is in Ikebukuro area
Juyoh hotel sounds good and is in Taito-ku area.
Palace Japan is also in Taito-ku area.
If anyone has any other options that I can investigate or advice on which of these has the best location for the average tourist spending a week in Tokyo that ... more »
This report says that old part of Lhasa is being "developed" along the lines of Lijiang or Zhongdian/Shangri La in Yunnan into a tourist theme park. Having been both to Lijiang and Zhongdian I can only hope that Lhasa escapes this fate...
I really want to go up one of the tall buildings in Pudong and wonder which you would recommend and which bar would have the best view for a drink at dusk? Also where is a good place to experience watching the Maglev. It sounds more fun to see than be on it or am i wrong? Thanks
We are going to do this journey around May-Jun 2014. We plan to enter China from Kazakhstan, then through XInjiang, Gansu, Qinghai, northwestern Sichuan, Chengdu, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong and exit into Hong Kong.
You may already know, as this issue has been discussing here over and over, driving through China is not an easy task.
And the cost is in the order of thousands US$ just to get all the permit and licences.
Therefore, we'd like to ask if anyone is also interested in doing a similar journey, so we could share the cost together. The cost of most permits is for the whole team, so they are nearly the same, no matter the team just has one car or ten cars. So you are more than welcome to bring your own car as well.
I was about to buy the airline ticket to Xi'an, but just noticed that the High Speed Railway Train from Shenzhen to Xi'an was open.
So, we are thinking of trade the flight for the train. It s almost same time (9:30 hs train, vs 2:30hs plane + 3 hs before to check in and 1 hs later until get your bag ), and it s a great experience (300km/h !).
Here is my question:
How much time you estimate from Tsim Sha Tsui to Railway Station in Shenzhen? (including crossing the frontier ).
Anyone knows the way from hk airport to Shenzhen? Heard some say ferry, sum say mtr. Would like to know the more convenience way is which? Will be heading to hk and also need to know how to go back from Shenzhen to hongkong?
My girlfriend is Indonesian and plan to apply visa Mongolia in Consulate of Mongolian in Jakarta
The consulate need letter of invitation that approved by MFA Mongolia in Ulan Batar
Can somebody inform how to get this letter without need to join expensive tour ? i browse that i can get from Zaya Hostel but i need to book room for minimum 3 nights (quite expensive and we dont plan to stay there )
here is the requirement :
Holder of indonesian passport should ask his/her host company/organization/tour operator based in Mongolia write... more »
i'm travelling to xinjiang for three weeks this summer. i've been to china before (studied in beijing for three months, and travelled for two other months through eastern and sw china), and so i'm planning on spending a couple days in beijing meeting up with some friends and then heading west from there. i really like the idea of travelling overland from beijing to the west, to see the country's transitions.
i have done a decent bit of research and have landed on the plan below. xinjiang is so expansive and diverse, so i decided to focus on southern xinjiang and the silk road.
here's my outlined schedule -- i'd really appreciate any advice you guys have!
7/6 (evening) - 7/8 (morning) train to liyuan, bus to dunhuang
7/8 - 7/11 DUNHUANG (mogao caves, overnight trek in mingshashan desert)
7/12 in transit from dunhuang to turpan (vi... more »
I'm going to be in the Jiangsu/Zhejiang region this weekend (Mainly in Suzhou) and, as I'll have to head to Shanghai to get my train back, was considering taking a little excursion and was wondering if Jiaxing is worth spending any time in? What is there (For a history-buff) to do and see? Where can the Grand Canal be best viewed? How much time (In terms of hours, not days) is it worth (If, of course, it is worth it)?
I have a week (first week of October) in Korea and would like to visit Seoraksan National Park.
As I will be traveling from Seoul via public transportation, I need to know if there are any hotels either in the park or walking distance from the park's entrance.
Also, do hikes/trails/attractions start at the park's entrance or do you need to go farther afield?
I would also be open to suggestions about alternative national parks if they offer beautiful scenery, hiking and convenient hotels.
i am travelling to japan (first time!) with my boyfriend in november for two weeks, flying into osaka and out through tokyo, making our way across central japan and was considering getting the JR pass for at least 7 days to cover costs of the bullet train but not too sure what it actually covers.
our itinerary is:
arrive in osaka at night (day 0)
day 1. explore osaka
day 2. explore osaka
day 3. day trip to nara
day 4. leave osaka for kyoto early in the morning by train, explore kyoto
day 5. leave kyoto for jigokudani early in the morning by train
day 6. leave jigokudani for tokyo in the afternoon by train, stopover in gunma for a few hours maybe
day 7 - 16. explore tokyo
we are tossing up between buying a JR pass to save money on all the travelling between cities (a 7 day pass as most of our time is spent in tokyo) but are not sure if it will cover all t... more »
I rode this train yesterday and thought it might be of interest to some of you planning to travel from Kunming to the SE of Yunnan, for example to Jianshui, Yuanyang, and Hekou (Vietnam border.) Up until the beginning of this month (May, 2013) the only public transport to that part of Yunnan has been by bus. But there is now limited train service, which presents another option.
There is one train a day in each direction between the main Kunming station to Mengzi Bei Zhan 蒙自北站, which is a few kilometers north of Mengzi. Mengzi is a regional bus hub, and you can easily catch a bus there to Hekou, Yuanyang County, or other remote parts of SE Yunnan.
I rode the train from Jianshui up to Kunming, on my way back from Vietnam. Hard seat 硬座 only (no soft seat or sleepers.) It was full but not packed, by which I mean all seats were taken in the cars near mine, but people were not standin... more »
Hello fellow travellers,
I'm looking for some advice on what to do on my very short stopover in Beijing. I'll be getting in about 11pm at night and will be leaving at 1pm the next day.
Is it reasonable to think that i'll have time to stay at a hotel outside of the airport grounds? Is it easy to get there at that time of night? Is it safe for a 20 something year old female travelling alone? What are the highlights that i could see?
I'm not huge on shopping but i'd love to try some great food, maybe check out an art gallery or some sight seeing.
Any suggestions very welcome.
My wife and five year old son will be travelling with me to China for 17 days this coming July. We plan on visiting Beijing and Yangshuo. Any thoughts on a third place? We aren't keen necessarily on Xian or Shanghai. Would need a location that is between Beijing and Yangshuo, or at least reasonably easy to get to. We are thinking 5 days or thereabouts in each spot, allowing for travel between.
All suggestions are welcome!
Hi everyone, my husband and I are in Nagasaki after a week in lovely Kyoto. Nagasaki is very beautiful and interesting, and of course we went to the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter and Museum which was very moving. We didn't expect that the air quality would be so bad, though. It seems if pollution (and sand?) is blowing in from mainland China and is making it hard to enjoy walking around. So we may have to go to the penguin museum today. I found a website that is helping us to double-check our itinerary based on air quality:
Happy travels, everyone. Sayonara!
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