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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 »
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 !
Fellow traveler(s) wanted for 8 day trip to Lake Khövsgöl
Between Monday 27 May and Monday 3 June we would visit
UB - Kharkhorin – Lake Khövsgöl - Amarbaasgalant Khiid – UB
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)
My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Tibet in early August, and (as I'm sure you all know) information is difficult to glean and conditions change quickly.
I'm really interested in visiting Litang during the (possibly happening?) summer horse festival in August, but the logistics seem a little crazy, because everything is so spread out in Tibet. (PS: Does anyone have any solid info on this horse festival? It seems like it was "officially" canceled a few years ago due to the riots, but they still do hold it nearby? I wasn't clear.) I tried to email Tsering/Longlife at the yahoo address I saw online, but it bounced back to me. Anyone have any Litang contacts?
I've posted the Tibet leg of our itinerary below... Does anyone have any comments/warnings/advice? I would love to hear your thoughts, especially if I've written down a route that doesn't exist/foreigners... more »
Hi Japan road warriors,
I'm blowing through Hokkaido in an 8-day trip and staying for 2 days in Furano area.
If I only have time for one onsen day trip from there, should I make it Tokachidake or Shirogane?
I'm also going to Asahidake onsen for two days after that, for soaking and trekking.
Is it worth the extra slog to Tennikyo or Sounkyo onsen from there?
There are four of us and we'll have a rental car.
I'm going in early June.
Your advice is much appreciated. Cheers
My wife and I plan to go to mount Fuji maybe Hakone.
What is the easyest way to go from Nikko to Hakone?
Hey, I have a day or two to kill in Hohhot.
Was wondering what was worth doing, seeing, and eating while there..
My husband and I are flying in to Narita from sydney for our first trip to Japan.
Below us our tentative itinerary. Any comments or suggestions on it are greatly appreciated.
Get to ryokan in Harajuku 10pm
Tokyo 10th June
Tsukiji fish market
Akihabara - electronic cafe@home
Hama rikyu gardens
River bus sumida river.
Walk around Taito
Koenji lunch iseya
last have dinner shimokitazawa (eat a peach bar) jiyugaoka
Imperial palace 3 9
Gardens 1 12
Shinjuku national park 1-2
Jamin roppongi for skewer lunch
Rippongi hills 3-6
Aronia de takazawa
Edo Tokoyo museum
Meiji jingu gates
Tokoyo metro gov office see view
Check out don quixote
Tsumago - magome walk
Stay in tsumago
15th - 17th
takayama stay for 2 ... more »
I see that the regulation of five people from the same country to enter Tibet has been dropped which has ever so slightly fanned the flames of my idea to cross Eurasia from coast to coast entirely by land. I'm Irish.
I'm currently in India. So if I am either prepared to pay solo or find others is it possible to take a trip from Kathmandu into Tibet and crucially onwards out of Tibet to continue independently in China?
I see from a thread here that you can't go east towards Sichuan or Yunnan. What about heading north towards Urumqi and heading East from there or before there?
If such a trip was possible what's the minimum amount of days I could spend in Tibet? Thanks for any help.
I'm looking for recommendations for Inner Mongolia and / or Mongolia tours. Family of four with 2 young children so staying in a ger would be a highlight. We live in Beijing. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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