Category: China

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Getting between Chengdu airport and Chengdu city centre

It is straightforward to travel between Chengdu airport and the city centre. Bus This is an easy and cost effective way to travel between the airport and the city centre. As you come out of the arrivals area at either terminal you will see the airport bus signposted....

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Lounge Review: VIP Lounge, Chengdu

Chengdu airport has several lounges in its international departure area. This one doesn’t have a distinctive name but it is used by a variety of airlines for business class and first class passengers. It’s not the smaller one used by Cathay Dragon. The lounge is located just across...

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China Prepaid SIM Card Comparison

Headed up to China for a visit? Be sure to pick-up your SIM card in Hong Kong before leaving. It’s a huge hassle to get a SIM in mainland, not to mention they require identification, whereas in HK they don’t. Do you really want the Chinese government knowing...

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Buying a China prepaid SIM card

You will want a SIM card in China to call your friends or just look up things online. Getting a SIM card could prove troublesome for many visitors. It’s not easy for foreigners to navigate the purchase process since everything is exclusively in Chinese, and things work in a...

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China 24 Hour and 72 Hour Transit Visa TWOV

No one likes long layovers, but cheaper ticket prices often mean you do have to stop somewhere mid-way before arriving at your final destination. You are lucky if you have a layover in China, for China provides 24-hour temporary entry permits and 72-hour transit visas for visitors, which...

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Getting a Visa on Arrival in Shenzhen

Updated February 21, 2017: I will try to keep this list up to date based on the comments readers have left on the bottom of this post with their experience. Please share your experience, whether or not you were able to get a visa at the border, thank you! (Keep in...

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Getting into China without a visa

The visa regime in China can be a source of frustration especially for those who need to visit the country at short notice. The good news is that there are some things which can be done if you need to visit the country at short notice and don’t...

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Applying for a China mainland visa in USA

If you are looking to applying for the China visa in Hong Kong, refer to this post. Note you do not need a visa to visit HK or Macau if you are a US passport holder. As a US Citizen, I am now able to get a 10...

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VIP Lounge, Chongqing Airport CKG

This is the contract lounge for Dragonair in the international terminal (terminal one) of Chongqing airport. The lounge is located immediately past the security check area. It is basically one large room, with views out onto the tarmac and planes. As this terminal is small, it is also...

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Applying for a China mainland visa in Hong Kong

Update: November 2014, US Citizens are now eligible to apply 10 year tourist and business visas. Update June 26, 2016: Correct link to the updated form for visa application v2013. Old link on Ministry of Foreign affairs not updated. I will preface this by saying, if you do not...

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Transport between Hong Kong and Maoming

Here are the best ways to travel between Hong Kong and Maoming茂名 in Southwest Guangzhou province, China. Road With a car, you can drive to Shenzhen and pick up the Shenhai (Shenyang-Haikou) Expressway linking Maoming with Pearl River Delta cities. This is often congested, especially during holidays, and...