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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 »
My boyfriend and I would really like to see the Nadaam festival in Inner Mongolia this summer but there seems to be a lot of conflicting dates on the internet. Does anyone know the actual dates for this summer's celebrations in Inner Mongolia (China not Mongolia!) Also we wouldn't mind joining anyone else who fancies it and wants to cut costs by getting a group together :) thanks!!!
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.
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?
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 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 »
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!
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?
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.
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.
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