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Hi everyone,
I'm Lonely Planet's destination editor for China. The previous post on this topic had gotten very long and was started several years ago. A lot has changed about the Chinese visa situation, so I thought it might be useful to provide a summary of the current situation as we and our writers understand it. For the full run-down on everything you need to know about visas and entry requirements for China, including prices and detailed processing times, check out the China page: http://ww

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As obtaining a Chinese tourist visa appears to have gotten much easier, that long sticky thread has now been released to float. OTOH there appear to be increased concerns and lots of issues related to obtaining a tourist visa extension.

It is my intention to search through and try to collect some posted information here in this thread but would appreciate others offering first hand information and questions here rather than starting multiple threads.

For starters, Leshan has consistently been…

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Hi everybody

Has anybody visited Kanbula National Park (near Tongren) or Guide National Geological Park (near Guide) by public transport?
Does anybody have any experiences or informations about them?
The informations in the Lonely planet and the internet are really scarce, we did not even find the exact location on the maps.
As we would be very interested to visit but do not like organized tour, we would appreciate any informations about it! Thanks a lot!

Alexandra & Simon from Switzerland

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Hi everybody

We plan to travel in Yushu area this August. Does anybody know if there are currently any travel restrictions/ areas closed to foreigner around there?
What about accommodations taking foreigners or not? In the Amdo Area of Gansu we had some hassels about many basic hotels not accepting foreigners, whereas when wie travelled overland from Yunnan to Sichuan through Kham territory (Litang, Daocheng...) it was quite easy (all done in 2013). Does anybody know how the situation is…

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There used to be this excellent web page called Travel Cathay which mostly described ancient towns and villages in southeast China. But now it seems to be completely gone. Anyone know if it was moved somewhere else?

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I am currently living in Shijiazhuang. I bought a monthly subscription at Unicom. Now I am planning to travel in China, and planning to leave overland from Kashgar in a few months. I cannot go back to Hebei to cancel my subscription, but would like keep using my subscription while travelling.

So far I found that many dont have had any problems, but those were prepaid plans. Anyone experience what would happen if I dont cancel and go back to China and want a new Unicom Simcard if I simply stop…

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I am trying to plan 14 days in China (excluding travel in/out) from Oct 25th to November 9th. I'm flying into Beijing and intend to head south/ south west and exit via Kunming or Guangzhou. My onward destination is Hanoi so these two airports suit me best. I'm struggling to decide on what to do for the final 8 days or so. In terms of means of travel, night trains are my preference to save time, then flights, then bus.

Route so far:
Beijing x 4 days 26th-29th Oct
Night train to Xi'an
Xi'an x 1 day…

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I'm looking for information on how to travel to Yangjiaping--this one is west of Beijing in Huailai County (I think).

Any information or leads will be appreciated.

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i have heard from several sources that american tourists are assigned mandatory guides in china (not tibet) that are with them at all times. i can find nothing mentioning anything remotely like that on the internet. is it true?

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Hi everyone,

I would like to get some advice about possible routes to do in Guilin area. We are travelling to China this summer and we have some doubts about different itineraries to do in the area of Guilin. We have five days to spend here, as we are going to Hong Kong after.

We want for sure to go to longsheng rice terraces (1 day) but then we are not sure which is the best itinerary.
First option would be to go to Chengyuang and Zhaoxing 2 days, come back to Guilin to take a boat to…