Tagged: china

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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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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 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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Cathay Pacific fanfares Sept 10

All China CX fanfares today, traffic to the mainland must be slowing down. Fare to Shanghai SHA is nice! As is Chongqing and Qingdao. Fares include: (*with applicable taxes and carrier-imposed surcharges) Sanya HKD 390 | HKD 1,059* Haikou HKD 390 | HKD 1,059* Guilin HKD 390 |...

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Beijing allowing 3 day visa free transits starting January 1, 2013

It’s official, starting January 1, 2013, Beijing will allow transits to a third country to be visa-free for 3 days (72 hours)! This is very similar to what China offers in Shanghai, but in Shanghai it’s 48 hours. You’ll get a stamped 3 day visa upon arrival at...

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Accor 30% Off Summer Holiday in China and Taipei

In case you missed out Accor’s recent 50% off sale last week, here’s another summer promotion for 30% off http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotels-offers/promotion-4888-early-booking.shtml   This sale applies to China and Taipei properties. Appears fairly straightforward, prepaid rates, book 7 days in advance, book by June 30, stay through July 31. Terms...

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Denied China Visa, Twice!

This story is funny so I want to share it with you. I tried applying for a China visa in Hong Kong at the “consulate”  for my US passport twice in the last two months and was denied, TWICE.  (It’s not really a consulate, it’s a commissioner’s office...

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Visa Free Transit through China

Yesterday I saw a news release stating that Beijing may allow 72 hours visa free visits. http://articles.cnn.com/2012-05-28/asia/world_asia_china-visa-waiver_1_foreign-visitors-visa-waiver-work-visas?_s=PM:ASIA   Shanghai currently allows a 48 hour visa-free transit for passengers coming from outside China to another country via Shanghai. I took advantage of this twice last year flying from HKG...

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Buses to Guangdong Province, China

Buses are a convenient way to reach many cities in Guangdong province, especially places other than Shenzhen, Dong Guan, and Guangzhou, since the train only primarily runs to those cities. There are three main bus companies which operate cross-border between HK and Guangdong. (I’m sure there are many other smaller...