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Beijing to Yunnan

Posted by Walkerfly on 3/12/2013 at 20:22

I’ll spend two months(business) in Beijing next January, and plan to have a trip to Yunnan. I guess it’s a beautiful and mysterious place after browsing some photos there. Would anyone tell me what are the most worthy destinations of Yunnan, and where to stay? I have about 1 week to do the trip. THX ...

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Where to learn Chinese?

Posted by Risstel on 26/1/2014 at 18:46

I am planning to spend half a year traveling through East Asia and about 3 months of that time in China. I do not want to just look at the sights, but mainly learn something about the local culture, experience how people live etc. To help with that, I decided to spend the first month learning (the beginnings) of the language. I know I will not get fluent, but I want to get to a level where I can "survive" in Mandarin and I think learning a language is one of the best ways of learning a ...

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Entering China from Laos

Posted by MWasser6 on 2/11/2014 at 18:19

Does anyone have experience entering China via Luang Namtha? I am looking to get a tourist visa for China for travel overland (via Mengla/Jinghong), but it seems like I need a return flight for entering and leaving the country to get a L visa. I don't know the date I will be entering China but have a flight out of Beijing. I'm assuming I cant get a letter from the Laos Bus company.... Does anyone know the best way to go about getting a visa? I can get it in my home country (USA). Alternativ ...

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2 equipped travel bikes to give away

Posted by Psytrancefreak on 14/9/2014 at 20:37

Hello. We travelled by bicycle through siberia to China. There we decided to ship our bikes home and travel on. Now the bikes are stuck at the warehouse of the shipment company because it's more expensive to ship them to Germany than we thought. So, if anyone is interested, we can ship these two bikes completely equipped with bags in front and behind to any address in China. We only ask for the money for the shipping to your address and a little extra. The first one is a German brand alloy bik ...

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When is the best time to visit the Great Wall of China?

Posted by doublewide on 1/3/2013 at 20:47

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall is really a personal choice. In theory, you could visit the Great Wall of China at any time of the year, but in practice there are several factors to consider when planning your Great Wall trip such as climate, your interests, seasons. All these factors will affect your Great Wall experience. In general, it's more comfortable to visit when the weather is mild. Beijing has hot summers and cold winters. In a nutshell, spring and fall are more en ...

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Yading Nature Reserve in Sichuan

Posted by Elisabell on 15/7/2014 at 03:39

The Yading Nature Reserve is a national level nature reserve and a paradise for photographers and trekkers, located in Daocheng County, Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, in the southwest of Sichuan Province. covers an area of 1,344 square kilometers and has an average elevation of well over 4,000 meters. Some other attractions in Yading include the Five-colored Lake, Milk Lake, Chongu Temple, and Luorong Pasture, etc. Yading is one of China's most awe-inspiring nature reserves, Tibetan's holy l ...

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China Visa Problem ...HELP!

Posted by scotthutch90 on 14/7/2014 at 06:51

Hi everyone My girlfriend and I are just about to apply for our Russian Mongolian and Chinese Visas through Real Russia. We knew that we would have to book accommodation as proof for the Chinese embassy and were advised to book fake hotels/guesthouses with no booking fee and then cancel when granted our Visa and just find places upon arrival. But we had planned on crossing the border into Vietnam and the Chinese embassy require proof of onward travel which we won't be able to provide as we don' ...

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Bureaucratic stuff: easiest way to exit and reenter china?

Posted by Muimui on 5/7/2014 at 11:40

Hi! For visa requierements (more than 30 days) i'll have to leave and reenter china during my trip there this summer. Since I'll be in Kunming, i was thinking in going to either Vietnam or Laos, what do you think? i'm looking for something as simple as possible, eg cross the border to get the stamp and reenter into China the same day. I guess there are also different requirements for differents countries. Once again, simplest procedure? [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] Going to Hong Kong could be a ...

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Chengdu driver

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 8/6/2014 at 09:46

Can anyone recommend a driver in Chengdu who can take me to Leshan? Thanks ...

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From china to vietnam?

Posted by dolicadol on 8/5/2014 at 16:06

Hi Can you please advise me what is the best and cheapest way to come to Hanoi ? We would like to go from Beijing to Xian and then to Hanoi. I can not find any direct flight to Hanoi and overland journey seems to be very long and exhausted. Any advice? ...

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Train tickets in China

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 27/4/2014 at 16:45

Hello, Can anyone recommend the best place to buy train tickets in advance? I need to buy two tickets for travel in June from Xian to Beijing. I believe there is a fast train which takes 5 hours. I see they are available to buy on the website but wasn't sure if that was an over inflated tourist price and wondered if it's best to buy them when we arrive in China? Any tips would be great, ...

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Chengdu or X'ian

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 30/3/2014 at 17:12

My husband and I are visiting China in June and will be visiting Chengdu for two nights then with a two night trip to Mt Emieshan. When we return from here we were going to spend another two nights in chengdu.... Is that too much time? We will then spend three nights in Xian. We can't decide if we should add the extra time to xian rather than stay at chengdu the extra two nights? Any tips? ...

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Yangtze River Cruise Versus Yangshuo

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 10/2/2014 at 16:46

Looking for a bit of advice here... Done a lot of travel over the years but China is proving to be's just so big! My husband and I are planning a three week trip in June (not the most ideal time to visit (we will be there for the Dragon Boat festival) but only time we can travel due to work commitments). I've come up with a couple of itineraries however research online is making it difficult to decide between Yangtze River Cruise or heading to Guillin and Yangshuo area as we don ...

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Books for China Travelers

Posted by caseyprich on 27/2/2013 at 00:42

For people who are considering a visit to China there are a few books that can really help you get a handle on things, probably the two best reads for being both well written and informative: The River at the Center of the World by Simon Winchester. Especially good if you are looking to visit Shanghai, Nanjing, do a Yangtze River cruise or go out to Yunnan province. Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler. This book is a great way to get the history of China while also being exposed to a wealth of exp ...

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Working in China

Posted by stemay on 12/11/2013 at 11:14

We're a couple planning our first ever backpacking trip across SE Asia and finally ending up in China. We're aiming to leave the UK late February-early March, and have a spending budget of at least £5000 each, not including flights. We're leaving everything behind, jobs, flat, most of our possessions, for this trip of a lifetime, so the idea is to be out there for as long as possible. On our current budget, this may get us by for about 8 months, but I think by the time we get to China, we'll ...

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15 hours in Shanghai

Posted by SoloGirls on 5/1/2014 at 23:44

I've read a few posts on this topic, but I'm still unclear. I am traveling from Vancouver, Canada to Thailand with a 15 hour layover in Shanghai. I plan on leaving the airport for some sightseeing. I'm good on the Transit Permit and all that. But what I am unclear about is whether or not I will have to pick up my checked bag? I obviously don't want to lug that around all day. I'm flying on China Eastern in case anybody has done this before. I do hold a Canadian passport as well. Also, ...

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Vietnam/Hanoi to Kunming

Posted by jocschneider on 31/8/2013 at 00:51

I am meeting a friend in Kunming after a month of traveling through Vietnam and was wondering if anyone can give me advice on the best way to do this. I have found some flights at approx. $300, and obviously this will be the most comfortable mode of travel, but if anyone has had good experiences of traveling overland please let me know! Thanks in advance! -Jess ...

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Book ticket to Nanning

Posted by mixtourist on 28/10/2013 at 01:54

Hello, I'm from Vietnam. I want to book bus ticket from Ha Long Bay to Nanning, China. I visit Ha long 2 days( 29th and 30th, Oct) and will go to Nanning in 31th, Oct. Anyone can help me with information and phone number to book ticket. Do i need to book in advance. thank you so much ...

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Anywhere with a English menu in Nanning?

Posted by miriam123 on 22/9/2013 at 06:11

Were in Nanning at the minute and have been in China for just under 1 month, in other places we have found English menus or picture menus but here were struggling to eat anything chinese! HELP! ...

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How to get from Ha Giang (North Vietnam) to Yangshuo (Guilin)?

Posted by trekker on 11/8/2013 at 06:30

Hi, I wanna end my 3 weeks in Vietnam in Ha Giang, and then go to Yangshuo (Guilin) for another 3 days backpacking. How could I get from Ha Giang to Yangshuo? Is there a train that goes this way? Thanks a lot ...

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