China visa guide

China Visa: A complete guide and FAQ



On recent years China visa laws have changed greatly. Not only nation-wide, but also provincial-specific changes. It’s hard for everyone, and understandably so. Also recently, the law has been enforced more and is generally harder to get a Visa for China. On top of that the simple 30 day L tourist visa remains too expensive, […]

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Chinese lantern festival. Photo-essay



Lantern Festival is the first major festival after the Chinese new year. This year i had to opportunity to visit the culture street of Tianjin, China, during the lanter  festival night. The most important activity is to watch the wonderful Chinese lanterns, admire the full moon and to eat traditional snacks. All in all the […]

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Shangri-la, Stunning scenery of a mythical town



Shangri-la once was a fictional place. A mythical Buddhist monastery lost in the Himalayas, stronghold of wisdom and happiness, where it’s inhabitants didn’t age. This was a novel Created by British writer James Hilton in his 1933, “lost horizons”. After that in 1937 the Frank Capra’s film based on the novel ended popularizing the Shangri-la […]

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Red panda in Chengdu



I took this photos at Chengdu, in the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center. Apart from the big fluffy black and white Giant Panda there is also another type, the “Red Panda”, which actually was my favorite sight there. They look like Raccoon’s and roam freely in a confined space within the park which try to emulate their natural habitat, this space can […]

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72 hour Visa free transit at China



This type of visa basically, allows a visitor on transit to another country with the proper documents and tickets to visit the entry city for the given 72 hour visa-free. Now 72 hour is not a lot, sure, but it might be an alternative for some with the proper planning, that don’t want to hassle with the […]

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Beijing subway maps and tips



Otherwise known as MRT, easily the most convenient way of transportation in Beijing. Taking a taxi is probably faster, but sometimes is quite difficult to get one when you need it, and there’s the language barrier also. For me using subway is the way of getting around i recommend. But bear in mind Beijing city is […]

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Mutianyu great wall

Best section of the Great Wall of China



Determine which is the best section of the Great Wall of China to visit might seem a bit difficult at first. The wall stretches over 23000 km with various ramifications. In reality only the 30% of the wall remain standing. And of those, some parts of the wall can be accessed and some not. Typically the […]

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