North-East Asia branch Frequently Asked Questions thread
Replies: 136 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2013 12:37 AM Last Post By: Glenski
Aug 22, 2005 4:33 AM
Vietnam Visa In Hong Kong
You can get a Vietnam vies in HK. It is on the HK island, (Wan Chai). It is on 230 Wan Chai road Great Smart tower Building. Enter from Canal Road East and it is not far along from there. It takes 2 days normal for 1 month $300HK but you can get one in 15 min but it only last for 14 days and it costs an extra $500HK
Sep 13, 2005 1:29 PM
31canoeing in Mongolia
River sport isn't yet a big thing in Mongolia and locating a good guide and equipment can be a bit tricky. But there are some brilliant rivers there and this can be a great way to see them. I was lucky enough to find an excellent guide, a UB high school physical education teacher who also does canoe trips and is extremely knowledgeable about the area. Bogii can be reached at email@example.com
Sep 15, 2005 3:53 AM
Oct 1, 2005 5:04 AM
33Posted on 2nd Oct 2005 by tonga:
FYI, Viet Nam visa can be obtained on the ground floor in Guangxi Investment Building (Tou Zi Da Sha) on Ethnic Parade (Min Zu Da Dao). The Viet Nam consulate entrance is located outside the main building entrance, just beside the Commercial Bank. The visa cost 400 yuan and 4 working days. If you want same day visa, add 200 yuan. There are also direct bus from Nanning to Halong Bay, departs 8:00am in the morning, from River South Bus Centre (Jiang Nan Ke Yun Zhong Xing). The bus crosses the border at DongXing border town instead of Gate of Friendship. Total bus travel time from Nanning to Halong bay is 9 hours. Cost 100 yuan.
Oct 16, 2005 2:51 AM
34Obtaining a Mongolian Visa in Irkutsk
I applied for a Mongolian visa in Irkutsk today - some of the info provided by the Trans-Siberian Handbook, LP, and previously on this sticky, is out of date. So, in the hope this will help future travellers, here is the information I obtained at the Mongolian consulate (ul Lapina 11, Irkutsk).
Payment is preferred in rubles (US dollars are also accepted).
I needed my passport and one passport photo (no itinerary or evidence of onward travel was required).
I arrived at the consulate at 10am and was offered a 4.30pm same day pick up (at 24 hour processing price), 4.30pm next day pick up (at 48 hour processing price), 4.30 pm three days later pick up (at 6 day price).
TRANSIT VISA COST AND PROCESSING TIMES (valid for 3 days only - not 10 days as indicated in LP and Trailblazer)
$US65 - 24 hours
$US53 - 48 hours
$US28 - up to 6 days
$US20 - 7 days
TOURIST VISA COST AND PROCESSING TIMES (valid for 30 days)
$US105 - 24 hours
$US55 - 48 hours
$US43 - up to 6 days
$US30 - 7 days
I have also posted this information on the Eastern Europe / Russia sticky.
Nov 14, 2005 12:56 AM
36LUXURY RYOKAN - just have a look! sooooooooo beautiful but $$$$$....
Nov 19, 2005 2:28 AM
Nov 28, 2005 3:36 AM
38Local Guest houses in Hong Kong
All the local guest houses that are registered with the HKSAR government.
Nov 28, 2005 11:34 AM
Dec 4, 2005 9:11 PM
40Taboos and Untaboos
When entering someone's home, take off your shoes. The host will tell you to not take them off, but it is not appropriate to walk in your street shoes inside someone's home. Take them off even though the host protests. The host is required by culture to protest, but will appreciate very much that you remove them.
Don't spit on the restaurant floor if they have a carpet on the floor.
A toddler can pee anywhere so watch where you are walking, another reason for removing your shoes.
Don't take the last item of food on a dish in the middle of the table.
Don't say excuse me if you burp or fart, it only draws attention to something.
You can talk with your mouth full of food.
Receive a business card with a very small bow and with both hands at the same time. Always read the card and look at it carefully before putting it away. Always hand your card to another holding your card with both hands.
If you are paying for dinner or giving something to another, the person is required to say no or refuse the item at a minimum of three times. So don't give up if you really want to pay.
Food and drink will be offered several times, if you don't want it you must continue to say no.
If someone is giving you something, you should refuse to take it at least once or twice before accepting it.
Don't believe someone if they say, "You can't get there from here."
When eating and drinking make a toast for thanking everyone and your host, even if you don't know Chinese.
If others are making a toast, it is acceptable to drink a cup of water, tea, soda, or whatever.
Tap your index and middle fingers on the table when someone fills your cup. Fill others cups when you see they are empty. A bottle of beer is usually meant to be poured into several glasses not held onto as if it is your bottle.
Don't say you want to eat "pi gu" if you want ribs, the correct word is, "Pai gu".
Mar 4, 2006 6:24 PM
Budget Guide/FAQs for Hong Kong
The site includes:
- Before you go - planning and dreaming
- Money - where to exchange
- Cost - budgeting
- Airport - left luggage, internet, etc.
- Transportation into city
- Places to stay (cheap)
- What to do after you have some HK$ and a room
- Getting around
- Cheap things to do
- Areas of HK
- China visa
budget travel in HK
Mar 6, 2006 5:51 AM
426 MONTH F Chinese visas in Hong Kong (HK)
6-month multiple-entry F visas can either be issued with restrictions on #days per entry, or not. If you have a restriction to 30 or some other # of days each stay, it will be clearly stated on the visa itself. If you don't see it, then you are good to come and go as you please within the 6 months after you first enter and activate the visa. You can even stay 6 months straight if you want!
Many agencies in HK have this service and I found FBT:
hi,we can get the 6mth multiple china visa for you without a invitation.
REQUIRE PASSPORT AND ONE PHOTO
SINGLE VISA IS $180HKD.
DOUBLE VISA IS $250HKD.
6MONTHS MULTY VISA IS $480HKD.
ONE YEAR MULTI VISA IS $900HKD.
If You come before 09:30AM,pick up 14:00PM.
If You come before 13:00PM,pick up 18:00PM.
IF YOU COME BEFORE 19:00PM,PICK UP NEXT DAY 12:30PM.
SAT: ONLY BEFORE 09:30,PICK UP 14:00,AFTER 09:30,PICK UP NEXT WEEK MON.
ONE YEAR VISA:IF YOU COME BEFORE 12:00PM,PICK UP 18:00;IF YOU
COM BEFORE 19:00PM,PICK UP NEXT DAY 13:30PM.SAT:IF YOU COME BEFORE 13:30PM,
SO,YOU CAN PICK UP NEXT MON 13:30PM.
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RM 916-917,NEW MANDARIN PLAZA TOWER B,14 SCIENCE MUSEUM RD,
TST EAST, KOWLOON HK.
conveniently located in Kowloon 200m from exit D (Hum Hong? - train station) delivered the full 6mths no problems and will store your stuff while you wait if need be. $480HKD is $60US.
The Shenzen station is a little confusing as you go through immigration and then purchase your train ticket.
Apr 13, 2006 11:59 AM
Apr 21, 2006 7:06 AM
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