Category: China

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Regent Chongqing – Classy and Luxurious

Regent Chongqing is a new hotel that opened in late 2016. It’s practically brand new and a nice five-star hotel addition to a city that’s growing more and more international each day. Regent Chongqing is situated in the financial district Jiangbeizui, so will appeal mostly to business travelers, but...

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Review: Xiamen Airport VIP Lounge

This lounge is the one used by Cathay Dragon and a slew of other airlines. It is situated at gate 17, one level up. The lounge is spacious and has good views out onto the tarmac. That also makes it feel quite light. There is a large open...

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Cute But Costly: Liangzhu Lifestyle Hotel, Xiamen

Xiamen feels a lot like Taiwan. That makes it a popular place to visit, and as it gets more popular its tourist infrastructure continues to grow. The city has a lot of hotels but the Liangzhu Lifestyle Hotel is a different experience from a standard Chinese hotel. A...

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Why Are Some Chinese Hotels Closed to Foreigners?

Did you know some Chinese hotels are only available to mainlanders? I’ve experienced it before, walking around a city trying to find a hotel or guest house with vacancies, and going into hotels only to be told that they only accept guests with Chinese ID. You may even...

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Making the Most of Transit Without Visa in China

Getting a visa for China is neither cheap nor easy for many people. That is one reason why it can be attractive to think about using a “transit without visa” to visit China and making the most of what it allows you. We have explained the basics of...

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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...