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Can someone help me out here? I am looking at a tour inTibet, I have been talking and writing with a tour operator. The are seeming legit and have promised me that they can get my travel permit, Tibetan permit .. to me on my 2 hour layover from Vancouver-Shanghai-Vancouver. Is this normal? How have you got your Permits?
I have just applied for my Chinese Visa... can I get some guidance?
hi fellow travellers
i was wondering how much I can withdraw each time from ATM's
mostly there is a limit - how much will this be approx in china
will use a debitcard (meastro)
I'm studying abroad in China this year with a few of my friends and girlfriend and want to take two months or so to travel around China afterwards. We're in the process of making an itinerary and I was hoping to get some feedback. We're not visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong/Macau, Guilin, Lijiang, Dali, Tibet, and Taiwan on this trip because we're planning on going to those places over the course of the semester. We still have about a week to add onto the trip. Any suggestions?
Day 1: Depart from Beijing for Taiyuan.
Day 2: Taiyuan
Day 3: Day trip to Pingyao.
Day 4: Morning train to Xi’an.
Day 5: Xi’an
Day 6: Xi’an, afternoon train to Luoyang.
Day 7: Luoyang
Day 8: Kaifeng
Day 9: Morning train to Nanjing.
Day 10: Nanjing
Day 11: Nanjing, noon train to Suzhou.
Day 12: Suzhou, afternoon train to Hangzhou.
Day 13: Hangzhou
Day 14: Hangzhou
Day 15: Hangzhou, afternoon train to... more »
Hello! I am a 39 year old female traveling solo to Japan (first time!) from Nov 13-Feb 10th. I want to tour around for about 4 weeks being a free spirit, experience Japanese culture, meeting people, etc. THEN, I want to spend the rest of my time in Hokkaido skiing!
First, can I get recommendations of your favorite ski resort? (My interests include having a town where I can stay for a month or two, Japanese culture (I hear Niseko is very Westernized and not too much Japanese culture?), good powder, night skiing and a relaxed off piste policy -- I enjoy tree skiing and backcountry, I'm an advanced skiier)
Second, any suggestion for how to deal with my ski gear when I get out of Narita airport? I've read it's really hard to get on a train or even get a taxi with too much luggage. Can I ship them forward somehow if I get a resort to accept storing them? Since I'd like to be ... more »
my husband and I are dreaming about traveling to Japan for a long time and finally, we get two weeks when we can do it: this september.
Unfortunately, money is a massive issue: all we have are around 800 Euros after paying for the flights which would have to cover everything there from accomodation to food to inland travel.
We are very keep on temples and zen gardens -- overall the more traditional, cultural side of Japan, so we were thinking, maybe we could fly into Kyoto and stay around there (though traveling to the south to see the big, red gate near Hiroshima would be nice).
Is there any chance we could survive there for two weeks? We are happy to stay in the cheapest accomodation possible (recommendations greatly apprechiated) and eat at super-cheap places (we are both vegetarians, though). We're also happy to travel by bus or whatever is cheapest, bu... more »
I hope to spend two nights in Kyoto, travelling from Tokyo. What is the cheapest train and is it worth buying a JR pass just for this trip? Also can anyone recommend a cheapish good hotel? Thanks for any help.
Hi, I am going to North Korea and the tour starts in Beijing. I applied for and was granted a double-entry transit visa (max duration of stay: 7 days). I have two nights in Beijing before the actual flight to Pyongyang. Is it OK even if I am on a transit (G) visa? I'm just worried as my friend travelling with me who applied separately is on a tourist (L) visa. It's my first time in China so am a bit paranoid.
Hoping someone can advise on the advantages (if any) of going east to west or west to east (up or down stream) the Yangtze through the three gorges.
Thanks in advance for any advice...
I have tickets for China and the last part of my trip falls on Golden week / National week. I already gathered it would be packed with people and kind of nightmarish, but I was wanndering if going to remoter areas would be "avoiding the crowd"... for example - Yunnan (Liajing and Dali, and the Tiger Gorge perhaps).
1. Is Yunnan crazy-jammed too during national week?
2. Is the weekend just before Golden Week as packed? I was thinking of going to Xi-an just before Golden Week starts, but maybe it'll be too late (i.e. people would have already started their vacation?)
Thanks for any help...
we plan to do some hiking in Japan in the second half of October.
Yakushima seems to be a "must" ?
Although I must admit that seeing it mentioned as "one of the wettest places in Japan" doesn't really appeal to me.
We'd walk the route described in LP "Hiking in Japan" from Onoaida to Miyanoura.
Does anyone know if there are any places on the route that would be a problem for a person with vertigo ?
(We'd probably go anyway, but it's better to be prepared...)
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we're planning a trip to Japan in October for 3-4 weeks. Reading the LP and this forum, I get the feeling it would be best to bring lots of cash ?
Will Visa not be accepted in the average hostel or restaurant ? We'll try to keep it low budget, so no fancy hotel but probably some budget hotel recommended by LP. Is Visa accepted there ?
If we could already pay with Visa for the sleeping arrangements, and handle most of the transport using the Japan Railway Pass, maybe we can avoid bringing too much cash ?
We do plan to visit lots of musea, temples, and enjoy the Japanese food...
I read that Traveler Cheques are also a valid option ?
Any feedback would be appreciated!
We need to be off the ship in Shanghi early and get to the airport on our own. We were hoping to arrange a taxi or service ahead of time, so as not to have to wait in a line. However, one of the services we contacted replied, "We’re sorry we do not provide the car service as you requested. There are too many people at the port, and it is very hard for you and our driver to locate with each other."
Does anyone know of a reliable service which we can use? And any suggestions as to make it easier for the service to find us if there are indeed that many people.
I will be traveling with my husband and my two children, ages 10 and 14. We decided it was too expensive and difficult to travel in Tibet proper right now so we are going to try to see as much of "Tibet" and Tibetan culture as we can in Yunnan, Sichuan and Qinghai.
We are staying for 3 months so we are open and flexible about where we travel in the region. We fly into Kunming, then plan to go to Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, then Litang, but would love recommendations for where to go from there. Also, how does one get around the more remote regions?
We are bringing camping gear so we are able to camp with nomads and anywhere else it is allowed. We are on a pretty tight budget.
Any other tips would be greatly welcomed!
Im desperately trying to get a fake itinerary for China. I can't find an airline with a refundable ticket: does anyone know any airlines that they've used for this purpose?People on here have referred to expedia but from the look of their site its a matter of which airline you book it through more than whether its expedia/skyscanner etcetera.
Any help would be much appreciated. Rushing around like a heed'less chicken over here.
Regards & thanks
Olgii Naadam festival will be celebrated on September 7-8 2013
Bayan-Olgii aimag (most western province) postponed it's July Naadam celebrations due to the spread of the livestock foot and mouth disease. It seems the disease is over, and the quarantine will be lifted by the end of August.
This is a great opportunity for late comers who have missed the Naadam celebrations in July.
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