PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Passports and Visas

Visa requirements are increasingly stringent. Travelers should have six months’ validity on their passports and allow at least one month for the application process. Prepare to pay $45–200, depending on country. Visitors also need to be in possession of a return plane ticket and an accommodation itinerary so if you’re visiting friends, book a hostel and cancel later. China offers many countries’ citizens a 144-hour transit visa, provided they have an international round-trip ticket. Single-entry visas are valid for three months, double-entry for six months, and multiple-entry ...

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