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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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Hello. I am applying for Chinese tourist visa but they want me to get invitation letter by Chinese tour agency. Maybe somone know the tour agency who sends invitation letter.

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Has anyone successfully taken the ferry from Shekou (Shenzhen) to HKIA (Hong Kong airport Skypier) to catch an international flight? Or from Shezhen Fuyong to HKIA? There's a bunch of information online, but it's kinda confusing... the timing especially... I can't tell how early I need to arrive either at the ferry terminal or Skypier at HKIA.

This chart seems very handy, so I think we could potentially check our bags in Shekou to go straight through, but we'd still have to go through security…

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Planning Trip to China for 3 weeks in November 2018, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau - how much would a trip cost for 2 adults on a budget? And what do you recommend? We have stayed in Hostels/Bed & Breakfasts and rented apartments out of the country before, would you recommend that in China as well? We are flying in from the US and will be taking the fast train inside the country but may still need other means of transportation if necessary. Any recommendations? I will also search this…

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Heading to Hangzhou. Any suggestions on search engines & navigation to use in China? I don’t speak the language. Not sure if I have options.

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Hi friends
Solo male traveler here, going to China for the first time for three weeks in Oct. Experienced Asia traveller.
I want to fly onto Chengdu from the US and then depart out of Hong Kong. But plans are dynamic. I have been to HK before so this trip only spending a day or two there for departure. I plan to travel intercity mostly by train. My only locked in must-see between the two is Guilin. Other than that open to your learned suggestions. Also websites have warned me against Oct…

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Hey everyone

I will be traveling for 5 weeks in July and August in China. It will be my first time in China, so I don't know alot about it. Two weeks of my trip will be at a summer school in Chengdu, where I am able to visit some things such as Mount Qingcheng, Emeishan, Leshan Giant Buddha and the Giant Panda Breeding & Research Base. After that I will be traveling in Sichuan and Southern China to eventually end up in Hong Kong or Shanghai. Some things I absolutely want to visit are…

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Can somebody give advice on what on-line agency to buy train tickets?

Lonely Planet guidebook says China DIY Travel is cheapest, but I found that Ctrip has a lower commission.
Any ideas on this?

All best
/Erik

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Hi
My name is Max, I am planning a tour in Xinjiang around the taklamakan desert this August and I have problem gatering information.
I plan go from Kashgar to Hotan.
From Hotan to Kuqa
From Kuqa to Turpan
and than from Turpan back to Kashgar.
I have problems to find information for budget hotel that would accept foreign (some info on the lonely planet are not reliable), on bus schedule between cities
I dont speak neider Chinese nor Uiguri, it would be tricky for me to find the right bus or to buy a…