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China is a huge country in [[Asia]]
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|transport=[[Hitchhiking]] in China is pretty easy and some tips can help to make the experience even more successful, see [[:hitch:China|Hitchwiki]].
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A must-have app: Baidu translate. With wifi it translates sentences and texts as well as voice (English and Chinese spoken, directly translated).
|accommodation=Couchsurfing is common in many cities and becoming more and more popular.
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There it is possible to save sentences and texts (using the little star - you find the saved ones in "me"). Prepare texts of introduction, asking in hotels, restaurants, for hitchhiking...
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Offline it has a dictionary. Almost anyone has internet on their phone so you can use their internet to translate.
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Remember that Chinese people are very obedient, like to follow rules and being honest about them. Make sure whatever you do, to let them know that this is perfectly fine and right to do by the rules.
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==Transport==
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[[Hitchhiking]] in China is pretty easy and some tips can help to make the experience even more successful, see [[:hitch:China|Hitchwiki]].
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== Accommodation & Wild Camping ==  
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Couchsurfing is common in many cities and becoming more and more popular.
 
Students usually sleep in dormitories in the campus and cannot host or fell that they cannot. Often it is still possible to just come as a visitor and stay over night. Still, most students don't want to risk it.
 
Students usually sleep in dormitories in the campus and cannot host or fell that they cannot. Often it is still possible to just come as a visitor and stay over night. Still, most students don't want to risk it.
  
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A common method also for locals is to sleep in hotel lobbies. Ask at the reception if it is possible (maybe give them a reason - too cold to camp...) and in many cases you can sleep on the lobby couches. The better the hotel, the higher the chances usually. It can also happen that the hotels will just give you a room for free or somebody pays the entrance for you.
 
A common method also for locals is to sleep in hotel lobbies. Ask at the reception if it is possible (maybe give them a reason - too cold to camp...) and in many cases you can sleep on the lobby couches. The better the hotel, the higher the chances usually. It can also happen that the hotels will just give you a room for free or somebody pays the entrance for you.
|bewelcome-link=http://www.bewelcome.org/places/China/CN
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|food=Eating while on the road is not too difficult in China.
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Bewelcome http://www.bewelcome.org/places/China/CN
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== Food==
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Eating while on the road is not too difficult in China.
  
 
When hitchhiking, it is very common that the people take you for meals.  
 
When hitchhiking, it is very common that the people take you for meals.  
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Asking for leftovers or food from the day before is quiet hard, but possible in the right places. Many restaurants throw the leftovers directly into a big pot where it won't be edible afterwards. Many food chains will not feel responsible enough and will say no before thinking more further.
 
Asking for leftovers or food from the day before is quiet hard, but possible in the right places. Many restaurants throw the leftovers directly into a big pot where it won't be edible afterwards. Many food chains will not feel responsible enough and will say no before thinking more further.
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In fruit and vegetable shops asking for leftovers at the end of the day works pretty well. When staying longer in a place, it's possible to make a deal of coming every day at a certain time.
 
In fruit and vegetable shops asking for leftovers at the end of the day works pretty well. When staying longer in a place, it's possible to make a deal of coming every day at a certain time.
 
In bakeries, the chains often have a system of the old food being picked up in the evening or on the next day to be returned to the factory.  
 
In bakeries, the chains often have a system of the old food being picked up in the evening or on the next day to be returned to the factory.  
 
More lucky you will be in smaller shops where you can speak to the owner directly.
 
More lucky you will be in smaller shops where you can speak to the owner directly.
 
A translator app works well enough to communicate all this.
 
A translator app works well enough to communicate all this.
|connectivity=wifi is available pretty much everywhere in china.
 
People can share their connection from their phones and it is not weird for them to be asked.
 
|visa=Most visitors still need to apply for a [[visa]] before traveling to '''China'''. The best time to apply for your visa is within 90 days before your departure. Chinese visa is valid immediately once issued, expires in 6 months, 12 months or 24 months respectively, depending on the visa granted.
 
 
[[Passport]]s must be valid for at least six months for a single or double entry within three months of the date of visa issue; at least nine months for multiple entries within six months.
 
 
=== Visa requirements ===
 
*  Ordinary passport holders from [[Singapore]], [[Brunei]] and [[Japan]] can gain access to China without applying for visas for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends, or [[transit]].
 
* Citizens of all other countries need visas to enter into China. If travel in group, the visa will be kept by the accompanying guide and for individual traveler, visa, which is insert into the passport, should be kept by himself.
 
* Applicants travelling to Tibet now require a permit issued by the Tibetan toursit bureau before applying for a visa.
 
 
===Types of visa and cost===
 
* Visa D:  issued to aliens who are to reside permanently in China. A permanent residence confirmation form shall be required for the application of Visa D. The applicant shall apply to obtain this form himself or through his designated relatives in China from the exit-and-entry department of the public security bureau in the city or county where he applies to reside.
 
 
* Visa Z: Issued to aliens who are to take up posts or employment in China, and to their accompanying family members. To apply for a Visa Z, an Employment License of the People's Republic of China for Foreigners (which could be obtained by the employer in China from the provincial or municipal labor authorities) and a visa notification letter/telegram issued by an authorized organization or company are required.
 
 
* Visa X: Issued to aliens who come to China for study, advanced studies or job-training for a period of six months or more. To apply for a Visa X, certificates from the receiving unit and the competent authority concerned are required, i.e., Application Form for Overseas Students to China (JW201 Form or JW202 Form), Admission Notice and Physical Examination Record for Foreigners.
 
 
* Visa F: Issued to an applicant who is invited to China on a visit, on a study or lecture, business tour, for scientific-technological and cultural exchanges, for short-term refresher course or for job-training, for a period of no more than six months. To apply for a Visa F, the invitation letter from the inviting unit or the visa notification letter/telegram from the authorized unit is required.
 
 
* Visa L: Issued to aliens who come to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or other private purposes. For a tourist applicant, in principle he shall evidence his financial capability of covering the travelling expenses in China, and when necessary, provide the air, train or ship tickets to the heading country/region after leaving China. For the applicants who come to China to visit relatives, some are required to provide invitation letters from their relatives in China.
 
 
* Visa G: Issued to aliens who transit through China. The applicants are required to show valid visas and on-going tickets to the heading countries/regions.
 
 
* Visa C: Issued to train attendants, air crewmembers and seamen operating international services, and to their accompanying family members. To apply for a visa C, relevant documents are required to be provided in accordance with bilateral agreements or regulations of the Chinese side.
 
 
* Visa J-1: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
 
 
* Visa J-2: Issued to foreign correspondents who make short trip to China on reporting tasks. The applicants for J-1 and J-2 visas are required to provide a certificate issued by the competent Chinese authorities.
 
 
{{Newsbox| '''Fees for China visa changed''', it is reported that, as of August. 1, 2007, US citizens applying for the visa to China will pay $100 to the China Embassy or Consulate in the US. No matter applying for a 6 month one entry visa, 6 month multi-entry visa, or 24 month multi-entry one, the fee is the same. There is no change for Non-US citizens.}}
 
  
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== Border crossing ==
  
 
=== To [[Kazakhstan]] ===
 
=== To [[Kazakhstan]] ===
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* [[Hunchun]]
 
* [[Hunchun]]
  
===  China Embassies and/or Consulates ===
 
 
'''Chinese Embassies in the USA'''
 
 
Office hours: 10am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm Monday-Friday. Visa pickup PM only. It is no longer possible to make a postal visa applications, but you can apply through an agent.
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL
 
100 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60610
 
Tel: (312) 803-0095 Fax: (312) 803-0110
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX
 
3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
 
Tel: (713) 520-1462 Fax: (713) 521-3064
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
 
443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
 
Tel: (213) 807-8088 Fax: (213) 807-8091
 
  
* Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY
 
520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
 
Tel: (212) 244-9392 Fax: (212) 465-1708
 
  
* Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA
 
1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
 
Tel: (415) 674-2900 Fax: (415) 563-0494
 
 
* Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
 
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
 
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760 Fax: (202) 588-9760
 
 
'''Chinese Embassies in the UK'''
 
 
www.chinese-embassy.org.uk
 
 
* Chinese Embassy in London
 
31 Portland Place, London W1B 1QD
 
Tel. 020-76311430
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Manchester
 
Denison House,
 
49 Denison Road,
 
Rusholme,
 
Manchester M14 5RX
 
Tel: 0161-2248672 Fax: 0161-2572672
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh
 
55 Corstorphine Road,
 
Edinburgh EH12 5QG
 
Tel: 0131- 3373220 Fax: 0131-3371790
 
 
'''Chinese Embassies in Canada'''
 
 
* Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ottawa
 
 
515 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5H3
 
Tel: 613-7893434 Fax: 613-7891911
 
Office hours 9am-1pm
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Calgary
 
 
1011 6th Ave. S.W., Suite 100, Calgary, AB T2P 0W1
 
Tel: (403) 2643322 Visa section: (403)5371247
 
Fax:(403) 2646656
 
Consular District: Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories
 
Open 9am-12pm
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Toronto
 
 
240 St. George Street, Toronto Ontario M5R 2P4
 
Tel:(416) 9647260 Fax:(416) 3246468
 
Consular District: Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba
 
Open 9am-12pm & 1pm-3.30pm
 
 
* Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver
 
 
3380 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3K3
 
Tel:(604) 7365188 Fax:(604) 7370154
 
Consular District: Provinces of British Colombia and the Yukon Territory
 
Office hours 9am-1pm
 
 
'''Chinese Embassies in Australia'''
 
 
Office hours are 9am –12pm.
 
 
* The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia
 
15 Coronation Dr, Yarralumla, Canberra A.C.T. 2600
 
Tel: 02-6273 4783 Fax: 02-6273 5189
 
http://au.china-embassy.org
 
 
* The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney
 
39 Dunblane St.,Camperdown NSW 2050
 
Tel: 02-8595 8002 Fax: 02-8595 8021
 
http://sydney.chineseconsulate.org
 
 
* The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne
 
75-77 Irving Road, Toorak VIC 3142
 
Tel: 03-98220604 Fax: 03-98220320
 
http://melbourne.chineseconsulate.org/eng/
 
 
* The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth
 
45 Brown St., East Perth W.A. 6004
 
Tel: 08-92220300 Fax: 08-92216144
 
 
* The Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane
 
Level 9, 79 Adelaide St., Brisbane QLD 4000
 
Tel: 07-3210 6509 Fax: 07-3012 8096
 
Website:http://brisbane.chineseconsulate.org
 
 
* '''Chinese Embassies in New Zealand'''
 
 
Office hours 9am-12pm.
 
 
* Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand
 
2-6 Glenmore Street, PO Box 17257, Karori, Wellington
 
Tel: 4721382-600 or 4749649 Facsimile: 4749632
 
www.chinaembassy.org.nz
 
 
* Consulate General of the PRC in Auckland
 
630 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
 
or
 
P.O. Box 17123, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
 
Tel: 09-5265680 Fax: 09-5794288
 
www.chinaconsulate.org.nz
 
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language: Chinese sounds very difficult, but with some basic words getting around and connecting with people will be much easier.
 
 
A must-have app: Baidu translate. With wifi it translates sentences and texts as well as voice (English and Chinese spoken, directly translated).
 
There it is possible to save sentences and texts (using the little star - you find the saved ones in "me"). Prepare texts of introduction, asking in hotels, restaurants, for hitchhiking...
 
Offline it has a dictionary. Almost anyone has internet on their phone so you can use their internet to translate.
 
 
Remember that Chinese people are very obedient, like to follow rules and being honest about them. Make sure whatever you do, to let them know that this is perfectly fine and right to do by the rules.
 
  
 
== Hitchwiki & Trashwiki ==
 
== Hitchwiki & Trashwiki ==

Latest revision as of 21:06, 21 May 2022

China is a huge country in Asia

A must-have app: Baidu translate. With wifi it translates sentences and texts as well as voice (English and Chinese spoken, directly translated). There it is possible to save sentences and texts (using the little star - you find the saved ones in "me"). Prepare texts of introduction, asking in hotels, restaurants, for hitchhiking... Offline it has a dictionary. Almost anyone has internet on their phone so you can use their internet to translate.

Remember that Chinese people are very obedient, like to follow rules and being honest about them. Make sure whatever you do, to let them know that this is perfectly fine and right to do by the rules.

Transport

Hitchhiking in China is pretty easy and some tips can help to make the experience even more successful, see Hitchwiki.

Accommodation & Wild Camping

Couchsurfing is common in many cities and becoming more and more popular. Students usually sleep in dormitories in the campus and cannot host or fell that they cannot. Often it is still possible to just come as a visitor and stay over night. Still, most students don't want to risk it.

The hospitality in China is remarkable. Often people can invite you to their houses or pay hotels for you. Spontaneous hospitality works pretty easy when meeting people in public places.

A common method also for locals is to sleep in hotel lobbies. Ask at the reception if it is possible (maybe give them a reason - too cold to camp...) and in many cases you can sleep on the lobby couches. The better the hotel, the higher the chances usually. It can also happen that the hotels will just give you a room for free or somebody pays the entrance for you.

Bewelcome http://www.bewelcome.org/places/China/CN

Food

Eating while on the road is not too difficult in China.

When hitchhiking, it is very common that the people take you for meals.

It is possible to ask in restaurants for a work/food exchange - 1 hour work for a meal. Nobody will have heard about that concept, but some might appreciate the idea. Many restaurants will serve you food without wanting the work in exchange.

In restaurants, it is also possible to come during times before the restaurant is closing and asking for leftovers. Often you can eat together with the staff for free, which can be an experience with great atmosphere. For that you need to come when shifts are finishing / in the eating times. Just check from the outside. Eating times in China: People like eating at the same time and in China that is quiet early. Lunch is at 12 and Dinner at 6 o'clock.

Asking for leftovers or food from the day before is quiet hard, but possible in the right places. Many restaurants throw the leftovers directly into a big pot where it won't be edible afterwards. Many food chains will not feel responsible enough and will say no before thinking more further.

In fruit and vegetable shops asking for leftovers at the end of the day works pretty well. When staying longer in a place, it's possible to make a deal of coming every day at a certain time. In bakeries, the chains often have a system of the old food being picked up in the evening or on the next day to be returned to the factory. More lucky you will be in smaller shops where you can speak to the owner directly. A translator app works well enough to communicate all this.

Border crossing

To Kazakhstan

  • Multi-border points are Khorgos, Dostyk, Kolzhart, Bakhty, Maykapchagay (2010).

Khorgos border crosing: the only allowed way to cross border is by bus. Buses are paid, but z-z-z88 (talk) managed to get a free ride without seat from China to Kazakhstan in 2016. In China without bus ticket you are not allowed even approach border, but bus leader can take you through these pre-border checkpoints. Border is very serious: dogs, watchtowers, barbed wire, walls, soldiers, about 4 checkpoints between countries, scanners, walls, walls... Crossing border takes about 2-3 hours. It looks like border between worlds and it really feels like that from the cultural point of view.

To Kyrgyzstan

To Laos

  • Mohan on the Chinese side, Boten on the Laotian side

To Mongolia

To South Korea

  • You can hitchhike the ferry. It is very difficult especially when not speaking the language but possible. It has been done.

To Russia

Note: there is no Chinese/Russian border post where you are allowed to cross by foot, and the Heihe crossing is by boat from west to east:



Hitchwiki & Trashwiki

https://hitchwiki.org/en/china https://trashwiki.org/en/china