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Just one simple question... I am traveling to Japan for a few days and need a one-way train ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto. I do not plan to buy a Japanrail pass as I will not be there long enough to make it worthwhile. I do not care what type of train I take (i.e. it does not have to be a bullet train) but I would prefer not to transfer. Do I need to reserve a ticket for this trip or do I just go to the station and buy the ticket when I arrive?
Thanks for your help!
Quick questions! I'm going to be in Guilin and Yangshuo from May 2th to 7th.
I've traveled quite a bit in China over the past year, and I have never once prebooked a hostel or hotel. I usually like to get to a place, look around for a bit, and weigh my options. Since the May holiday is just about the time I'll be there, will the accommodation in Guilin and Yangshuo be mostly booked up, or can I count on my usual habits?
I know I'm risking it going during the rainy season! So my question is, how bad are the rains during May? Enough to have to be inside all day?
I will be travelling to China for 2 months starting in September. Before that I will be spending 2 months in Indonesia. Does anyone know if it is possible to arrange a tourist visa for china while in Indonesia?
Also is it possible to get one for 60 rather than getting one for 30 days and extending it?
Lastly is it possible to get the chinese visa before I leave (approx 3-4 months before arriving in China) at the consulate in Toronto?
Hey everyone, my wife and I are set to travel to Japan this Saturday and I still have a few questions.... Thanks in advance!
1. Any recommendations for nightlife in Kyoto? We are not really interested in going to bars/clubs, but are there any entertainment districts with restaurants and / or live music that are bustling with people?
2. I have been reading about JR pass and apparently with the ordinary pass there are both reserved on non-reserved seats. Since I am traveling during Golden Week, should I reserve any seats in advance? If so, how far in advance, and how would I go about reserving a seat?
3. I have allocated about 3.5 days to Kyoto and I am considering taking a day trip to one other city. Which nearby city would be the best see in one day? Any specific recommended sites or tours?
4. I have allocated about 2.5 days to Tokyo. So far, all we have planned... more »
Just letting you know Hua Rong hotel on Die Cui Rd (one restaurant away from the cross roads with Guihua road) sells train tickets for 5yuan commision per ticket, easier & cheaper than making the trip to Guilin & back. Need passport. Most (maybe all?) travel agents that advertise train tickets in Yangshuo no longer sell them.
I teach in South Korea and my contract ends in September. I really want to visit China after my contract ends (flying directly from South Korea) but apparently I need 6 months on my ARC (alien residency card) to get a visa. I’m from the UK so could I still go to Hong Kong? If I can, could I go to the Republic of China from Hong Kong instead?
Thanks for your help!
Hi we have found some incredible cheap promotion tickets to Chongquing (€200 return, Finnair) i November, but from what i can read, this city is only interesting if you want to see pollution, scyscrabers and fog.
We would like to travel from Chengdu up North - Songpa - Aba county - Ziogé and Langmusi and continue direction Xiahe. Any suggestion of stops? what do see and do? How to best travel? Is it open for foreigners anyway?
Thanks for any input!
I'm hoping to travel parts of the Silk Road in June and July, spending most of my time in Western China. I'd have a total of 5 weeks, allocating 3 to exploring Xinjiang.
This is my plan so far:
Istanbul, 1 wk
Fly to Urumqi
Kashgar by train
Hotan by bus or train
Turpan by train
Dunhuang by train
Xian by train
Beijing, 1 wk, arrive by train or fly
Is this feasible? I am willing to shave off a few days in Istanbul or Beijing if needed. How long should I plan on staying in each city? Are there others I should visit? I would love to do a Uyghur homestay, spend the night in a yurt, or do a desert trek. I am especially interested in Buddhist art, and I know there are some caves near Dunhuang.
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
My husband and I are travelling in Mongolia May/June. Are there ATM's available throughout Mongolia? What is the best way to carry money - we are planning on having travellers cheques, US $ and local currency? Also we are having 2 family stays and our tour company has suggested sleeping bags. Are we able to buy these in Mongolia and if so, what's the average price. Also curious about what the weather will be - so I can arrange what to pack ie warm weather gear, wet weather gear or summer gear?
I have 6 hours at the Tokio Narita airport. Is it possible to do a quick visit to Tokio downtown?
I am not in the mood to wait in very long lines to get a train ticket in China, so I would like to go with a third person, travel agent, etc... some questions:
1. I have a friend in Beijing...can he get me via online a ticket from say Beijing to Taiyuan? could he, in Beijing, also get me a ticket from Taiyuan to Pigyao? note that the Beijing to Taiyuan ticket is a D class train, requiring a passport.
2. if he gets me a ticket, will it be a printed page on regular paper....in other words, something that looked different from a reglar trainticket?
3. Do modt hostels dealing with foreign tourists, such as those in Pingyao and Xian have the ablity to get tickets? how much is the usual commisson? If i am city A, can they get me a train ticket from city B to c?
4. is the commisson on websites like chinatraintickets.net higher than those in a hostel or travel agency? more »
I am living in the US and I plan to visit China starting next May, probably around May 18. I plan to stay for maybe 2 weeks - 1month. I had some questions about filling out the application.
1. Since I am currently a grad student in TX, the semester ends on May 11. If I send the application now, it will be less than a month before I vacate my current residence. Hence, I would probably have to select the Express visa processing time just to be sure I get my visa in time.
However, I was also thinking about maybe just having them send it to my permanent residence (in CA), in which case I could just choose the Regular visa processing time. Is this a better plan? Or is it possible the visa could get denied if I list my 'detailed home mailing address' in CA but my 'current employer or school' in TX? Since I live far from the visa processing center in Houston, TX, I will have to use a visa... more »
I'm going to start this off by asking that you bear with me and excuse my little knowledge on this huge country (which is why I've come to you all for help!). My brother and I are planning to take a two week trip to China and I've been put in charge with making the rough itinerary.In 11-14 days (we're still unsure) I was thinking of visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Is this feasible?
What would be your key spots to check out in these three places?
Is there time to visit other places without overextending ourselves?
Are there any places that are more worthwhile to see, and if so, which and which of these 3 cities would you switch out.
Also, if you have any tour books to recommend, that would be very helpful as well! Any help is MUCH appreciated! Thank you!!!
I'm staying in Tokyo for a few nights in July, and I'd like to stay somewhere with a really good view of the city. My budget is around £200 total for 3 nights. I've already seen a couple of places, but was wondering if anyone can recommend anywhere?
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