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China Transit without visa (TWOV) official rules

Below is the official extract from TIMANTIC. This is the system run by IATA and used by airlines to check visa policy. (As of 15 Jan 2017) Check out our guides regarding the TWOV as well: China 24 Hour and 72 Hour Transit Visa TWOV China 144-hour and...

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Review: Park Hyatt, Guangzhou

In recent years, Guangzhou has seen a rash of new luxury hotels operated by western brands. Like some others, this Park Hyatt is centrally located in Zhejiang new town area (just a few yards from a metro stop). The hotel occupies the higher floors of a new tall...

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Intown checkin the Day Before Departure via Airport Express

One of the most convenient things about the Airport Express is the intown checkin. This service allows you to checkin your bags at Hong Kong or Kowloon stations before you board the train. This can be convenient if you want to avoid the possible hassle of checking in...

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10,800 yen Japan Explorer Pass or ANA Experience Japan Fare

Headed to Japan and looking for a cheap way to get Japanese domestic flights? As long as you don’t live in Japan, you’re eligible for a Japan Explorer Pass. Both of Japan’s airlines, ANA and JAL participate in this program, great! Here’s how to get it: Cost: one-way...

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Halal Restaurants in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a significant muslim population and visitors, so it’s easy to find Halal restaurants in Hong Kong. The Islamic Union of Hong maintains a list of eateries which it has certified as Halal – you can see it here. Local food listings website OpenRice also offers a search...

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Turkish Towels: great to travel with

A few weeks ago I received a travel towel to try out from Teresa’s Turkish Towels. They’re a wife and husband expat team who are based in Hong Kong, but the towels are made in Turkey. They’re avid readers of the blog so we’ve met on a few occasions,...

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China Visa Photo Size

The Chinese government recently changed the size requirements for photographs used for visa applications. The new rules are specific: 33 mm wide and 48 mm high Head width of 15 – 22 mm and head height of 28 – 33 mm Space of 3 – 5 mm between...

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Sample Letter of Invitation for China Visa

When applying for a business visa to China you may need to show a letter of invitation from a business contact inviting you to visit. Usually this will be printed on the company letterhead and chopped (stamped) with the inviting company’s seal, as well as signed by the...

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Missed a delayed Southwest flight due to airline

This is an interesting story. I was traveling in the US from SLC to LAX on Southwest Airlines in January. Flight originally scheduled for 6:00pm, delayed notification on smartphone app showing departure at 6:40 pm. OK, so rather than sit at the airport and do nothing, I’ll arrive at...