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    Hi, I am currently planning a 6 months trip to China next year. Planning to commence after Chinese New Year which is in January

    Currently There are the places I Plan to Go

    1)Xiamen(cos got contacts there)
    2)Guangzhou(cos got contacts there)
    3)Guilin
    4)Kunming & nearby yunnan attractions
    5)Chengdu & nearby attractions(which includes ermei mountain, leshan etc...)
    6)Jiu zhai gou
    7)Dunhuang
    8)Tibet
    9)Kunlun Mountains
    10)Huangshan
    11)Taishan
    12)Beijing(cos got contacts there)
    13)Shanghai(cos got contacts there)
    14)Suzhou(cos got contacts there)
    15)Hangzhou
    16)Xi'An
    17)Xuan Kong Si in Heng Shan(North)
    18)4 buddhist sacred mountains.


    May I know is there a recommended route to include all the above places? Cos I have worked out a route that includes except Kun Lun Mountains, Huang Shan and Taishan.

    I would really appreciate if you could recommend some places that I can and should go along the way.

    Now the thing that worries me is the VISA. Not sure whether can be there for so long.

    Your help and comments is greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Last edited by Henessy; 14th September 2008 at 10:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    Hi, I am currently planning a 6 months trip to China next year. Planning to commence after Chinese New Year which is in January

    Currently There are the places I Plan to Go

    1)Xiamen(cos got contacts there)
    2)Guangzhou(cos got contacts there)
    3)Guilin
    4)Kunming & nearby yunnan attractions
    5)Chengdu & nearby attractions(which includes ermei mountain, leshan etc...)
    6)Jiu zhai gou
    7)Dunhuang
    8)Tibet
    9)Kunlun Mountains
    10)Huangshan
    11)Taishan
    12)Beijing(cos got contacts there)
    13)Shanghai(cos got contacts there)
    14)Suzhou(cos got contacts there)
    15)Hangzhou
    16)Xi'An

    May I know is there a recommended route to include all the above places? Cos I have worked out a route that includes except Kun Lun Mountains, Huang Shan and Taishan.

    I would really appreciate if you could recommend some places that I can and should go along the way.

    Now the thing that worries me is the VISA. Not sure whether can be there for so long.

    Your help and comments is greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Actually you can fly to HK and do the visa there then travel to Guangzhou from there by train. Just like what i did last time and the visa i did, it a 6 mths "business visa" with multiple entries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Actually you can fly to HK and do the visa there then travel to Guangzhou from there by train. Just like what i did last time and the visa i did, it a 6 mths "business visa" with multiple entries.
    Hmm, my company used to apply business visa with multiple entries with a validity of 1 year. However, due to the recent Olympics, China side is unwilling to issue multiple entries even for MNCs. Most of my colleagues either get a 30 days entry allowance or 60 days entry allowances on a double entry visa.

    And we are still wondering when this new policy will be lifted...

    And this is why i did not go to HK for a walk for my 3 days rest in Guangdong, Huizhou...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Actually you can fly to HK and do the visa there then travel to Guangzhou from there by train. Just like what i did last time and the visa i did, it a 6 mths "business visa" with multiple entries.
    May I know how long can each VISA extension last?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    Hmm, my company used to apply business visa with multiple entries with a validity of 1 year. However, due to the recent Olympics, China side is unwilling to issue multiple entries even for MNCs. Most of my colleagues either get a 30 days entry allowance or 60 days entry allowances on a double entry visa.

    And we are still wondering when this new policy will be lifted...

    And this is why i did not go to HK for a walk for my 3 days rest in Guangdong, Huizhou...
    Ya, due to olympic, the security is very tight and the policy will be lifted up on 1st Oct after the Paralympic, that what's my friends told me. And the 14 days for the SIngaporeans will be back too (CHina allow singaporean to travel in China visa free as long dun exceed 14 days) You will need one if exceed 14 days.

    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    May I know how long can each VISA extension last?
    Last time i was told that they have 1 year visa (Multiple) but it change to 6 months (Multiple) only when i did mine.

    Now, have to see how it will be like lor after 1st Oct.


    A friend of mine, went backpack last time at China, then he dun have visa, so when the 14 days is near, what he did was he went to the nearest Kong An Ju (The CHina Police station) to ask that he would love to travel more but he cant as his no visa. Then the police extend his stay for 2 months, a tourist visa FREE!!! But i think not everyone is that lucky like him la.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Ya, due to olympic, the security is very tight and the policy will be lifted up on 1st Oct after the Paralympic, that what's my friends told me. And the 14 days for the SIngaporeans will be back too (CHina allow singaporean to travel in China visa free as long dun exceed 14 days) You will need one if exceed 14 days.



    Last time i was told that they have 1 year visa (Multiple) but it change to 6 months (Multiple) only when i did mine.

    Now, have to see how it will be like lor after 1st Oct.


    A friend of mine, went backpack last time at China, then he dun have visa, so when the 14 days is near, what he did was he went to the nearest Kong An Ju (The CHina Police station) to ask that he would love to travel more but he cant as his no visa. Then the police extend his stay for 2 months, a tourist visa FREE!!! But i think not everyone is that lucky like him la.
    Hi, I am actually planning to go on February next year.

    May I know what do you mean by multiple? Do you mind explaining in details? Cos I don't want to end up going to hong kong from tibet or beijing just to extend my VISA.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    Hi, I am actually planning to go on February next year.

    May I know what do you mean by multiple? Do you mind explaining in details? Cos I don't want to end up going to hong kong from tibet or beijing just to extend my VISA.

    Thanks
    Multiple entries mean that within the period of the Visa you have, you can in/out china as many time as you one lor as long within the period that it issue to you.

    To clear all your worries it's better to go to the China Embassy in Singapore and check with them lor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Multiple entries mean that within the period of the Visa you have, you can in/out china as many time as you one lor as long within the period that it issue to you.

    To clear all your worries it's better to go to the China Embassy in Singapore and check with them lor.
    Thanks a lot. May I know are there any nice places I should add on to my list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    Thanks a lot. May I know are there any nice places I should add on to my list?
    honestly, 6 months seem like not very long too if you really want to cover "whole" china. And all of us travel differently, some just want go to place and see it then head of to another..... and some prefer to stay there for a time to feel the culture and just walk around.

    I think you better plan your route properly cos China is very big lor. As for me, i travel by train and bus when i head from town to town or city to city.

    This is the place i stay last time, personally i am very happy with this local budget hotel. www.7daysinn.com
    Last edited by Tupi Guy; 14th September 2008 at 10:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    honestly, 6 months seem like not very long too if you really want to cover "whole" china. And all of us travel differently, some just want go to place and see it then head of to another..... and some prefer to stay there for a time to feel the culture and just walk around.

    I think you better plan your route properly cos China is very big lor. As for me, i travel by train and bus when i head from town to town or city to city.

    This is the place i stay last time, personally i am very happy with this local budget hotel. www.7daysinn.com
    Actually going there is more to appreciate the beautiful natural landscape and visit some cultural heritage site. May I know feeling the culture means? Cos for me I do have quite a good knowledge of China's history less those post Qing Dynasty period.

    Have roughly planned by route, mostly by train and some bus. I feel really excited to take a ride in the 青藏铁路.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    honestly, 6 months seem like not very long too if you really want to cover "whole" china. And all of us travel differently, some just want go to place and see it then head of to another..... and some prefer to stay there for a time to feel the culture and just walk around.

    I think you better plan your route properly cos China is very big lor. As for me, i travel by train and bus when i head from town to town or city to city.

    This is the place i stay last time, personally i am very happy with this local budget hotel. www.7daysinn.com
    May I know where part of China did you go previously? I saw some budget accomodations recommended in Tiger Airway website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Ya, due to olympic, the security is very tight and the policy will be lifted up on 1st Oct after the Paralympic, that what's my friends told me. And the 14 days for the SIngaporeans will be back too (CHina allow singaporean to travel in China visa free as long dun exceed 14 days) You will need one if exceed 14 days.
    Ya, that is what i heard from my admin as well. 1st Oct 2008. Hope it is true man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post

    May I know what do you mean by multiple? Do you mind explaining in details? Cos I don't want to end up going to hong kong from tibet or beijing just to extend my VISA.

    Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Multiple entries mean that within the period of the Visa you have, you can in/out china as many time as you one lor as long within the period that it issue to you.
    Yup, Tupi Guy is right. However, there is a limitation on the number of days you can stay in China. I went to check my previous multiple visa and it stated 60 days after entry.

    There is another type of business visa for expatriate. But this requires official letter from company and it involves paying taxes for your income. This type of visa allows them to stay up to at least 6 months in China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    Yup, Tupi Guy is right. However, there is a limitation on the number of days you can stay in China. I went to check my previous multiple visa and it stated 60 days after entry.

    There is another type of business visa for expatriate. But this requires official letter from company and it involves paying taxes for your income. This type of visa allows them to stay up to at least 6 months in China.
    If that is the case, then any solution? Don't think it is a good idea to go HK and renew your VISA if you are somewhere in dunhuang or tibet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    If that is the case, then any solution? Don't think it is a good idea to go HK and renew your VISA if you are somewhere in dunhuang or tibet
    Hmm, paiseh, i also not sure. Like what Tupi Guy suggested, best is to ask the China Embassy Side in SG.

    I wonder if you can extend your visa in Singapore Embassy located in China. As in see if they can help.

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    No one spend 6 months or more travelling in China?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    Hmm, paiseh, i also not sure. Like what Tupi Guy suggested, best is to ask the China Embassy Side in SG.

    I wonder if you can extend your visa in Singapore Embassy located in China. As in see if they can help.
    DUn think so, cos the visa is only issue by the chinese. Not Singapore Embassy in China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    No one spend 6 months or more travelling in China?
    I could...but who is going to sponsor me? heheheheh...... I recall someone who did about almost 10 yrs back. He put aside about $100,000 in cash to do it. Immigration issues was a nightmare too back then
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    I could...but who is going to sponsor me? heheheheh...... I recall someone who did about almost 10 yrs back. He put aside about $100,000 in cash to do it. Immigration issues was a nightmare too back then
    You mean SGD$100,000 or RMB$100,000? Even RMB$100,000 is also a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy View Post
    Multiple entries mean that within the period of the Visa you have, you can in/out china as many time as you one lor as long within the period that it issue to you.

    To clear all your worries it's better to go to the China Embassy in Singapore and check with them lor.
    Before all the Olyumpics thing, Singapore passport into China, no need VISA IIRC. Multiple entries applies for PR, which I did for my boss. It just means from SIN to China. Not China - China. So one trip to CHINA means SINGLE TRIP.

    I did more than 14days a couple of times and hop from city to city. Not sure it has changed though.

    Good to check, especially with the messy immigration rules by them.

    Even the APEC card dont work now =(

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