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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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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…

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Hi guys

Starting mid july, my girlfriend and I will travel China for about 2 months. Can you review my itinerary and give me suggestions on what to add, what to skip?

Beijing, 5 days
Suzhou, 2 days
Hangzhou, 2 days
Zhangjiajie, 3 days
Fenghuang, 2 days
Guilin / Yanghuo, 4 days,
Chongqing, 2 days
Chengdu, 3 days
Jiuzhaigou, 3 days
Xining, 3 days
Lhasa + TAR, 8 days (Base Camp Everest, maybe Mt Kailash)
Kangding, 1 day
Emeishan + Leshan, 3 days
Chengdu, 2 days
Kunming, 2 days
Dali, 2 days
Shangri-La, 4 days

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Is it feasible to set up a temporary bank account with a Chinese bank account in China? I'll be in China for 2-3 weeks and would like to use wechatpay/alipay.
But if it's too much of a hassle, never mind, let's just forget about this.

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Is it possible to do this hike independently? If so, where exactly is the point and how do I get there from Beijing to the starting point and back from the end? I'll be traveling alone in November, so I assume joining a group might be difficult and a 1 pax tour expensive. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Are there any over night buses or trains that travel from Thailand to China? Are they safe? It’ll be my first time in China, looking to spend up to a week there, as a mini break from Thailand. What are people’s must do / see while there, any town, any ideas or experiences
Thanks

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Hello Everyone!

I am visiting China for work next week and would have a full day in Changzhou to myself.

I am looking for suggestions on how I can spend my time on that day. I am interested in history, culture and photography.

One of the things in my bucket list is sailing on the Yangtze. Are there regular ferries/boats for tourists I can take for a few hours?

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Hi,

I was planning on travelling round China end of August/beginning of September for 3 weeks. I would like to do Beijing and Shanghai, and I have heard good things about Xi'an but am unsure where else would be great to go or how to plan it (not too fussed with doing Hong Kong this time). Want a selection of culture, history, relax.

Any recommendations?