Category: China

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Travelling to Guilin by train

A cheap and convenient way to visit the beautiful cities of Guilin, Yangshuo and their surroundings is by train. Everyone who has been in Hong Kong and China for a while know that the high-speed trains are a symbol of modern China, becoming one of the most efficient...

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China Visa Rules Change Again: Bring Your Old Passport

China’s visa rules change often and sometimes unpredictably. Recently a new policy has been introduced which requires visa applicants applying on passports issued from January 2015 onwards to show their old passport at the time of application for a visa. This applies regardless of whether you had any...

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China 144-hour and 72 hour Transit visa-free Policy TWOV

China has a few different visa-free transit schemes, also known as transit without visa (TWOV.) The most common is the 72 hour TWOV, however certain Chinese cities now allow many passport holders to stay for 144 hours = 6 days. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions...

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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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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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Getting between Zhongshan and Hong Kong airport

The most convenient way to travel between Zhongshan中山 and Hong Kong airport is by ferry. (For information on how to travel between the airport and other places in Guangdong, read here). The ferry operates four or five times daily in each direction. The timetable is shown below. Note...

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Review: Hilton Garden Inn Zhongshan Guzhen

There are some cheap offers for this hotel available from Hong Kong and I recently stayed there. The first thing to mention is location. It is in Guzhen 古鎮鎮, which is an area in the northwest of Zhongshan. It’s a long way from both the main area and...

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Hong Kong to Zhongshan ferry review

The ferry is an easy and convenient way to travel between Hong Kong and Zhongshan. Ports On the Hong Kong end the ferry leaves from China Ferry Terminal. It’s basically a continuation of Harbour City in TST. The TST MTR is about a ten minute walk, or from...

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How to get to Guangzhou/Canton Fair guide

Canton, as Guangzhou 廣州 was referred to by foreigners in imperial times, is home of the great Canton Fair. This is the world’s largest import / export fair, and you’ll find anything and everything that is made in China. It spans over 3 weeks (3 Phases), with different categories...

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Airmule: Sell luggage space for $300US & promo code

Airmule is a start-up I discovered wandering the web, and they’ve got an awesome concept. Sell your checked luggage space to them, and Airmule will pay $150US/checked bag flying between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG) and Los Angeles (LAX), 2 bags max for $300US. I reached out to them to see...