China’s Top 10 Video Sharing Websites (aka YouTube Equivalents)

China’s Top 10 Video Sharing Websites (aka YouTube Equivalents)

Youtube’s Chinese equivalents were born on hosted ripped content from overseas, such as popular western TV series and movies, and grew from humble websites into fully fledged internet companies. So popular in fact, from tapping into a massive Chinese netizen audience, that many listed on the stock markets of the US (yes, there is a certain irony). Most content nowadays is licenced, and many of the popular sites are self-producing local shows. Of course, there’s still the regular uploads of daily life and crazy antics from Chinese netizens, news bulletins, documentary, opinion, DIY videos and everything you could imagine.

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Coming to China? Here’s your one page resource list

Coming to China? Here’s your one page resource list

Here’s a whole bunch of resources for China travelers and Ex-pats, enjoy.

Travel Inspiration
Trover features an easy to use pinterest style interface for perusing travel photos of China, plus map
http://www.trover.com

Travel Booking
http://english.ctrip.com (accommodation and flights – has English speaking booking service)
http://www.elong.net (accommodation and flights)

Trains
http://seat61.com loads of advice on train journeys, train types, stations, seating configurations and more.
http://www.chinahighlights.com Book China train tickets online
http://www.cnvol.com/ – searchable train schedules
http://en.wikipedia.org/../../../File:Rail_map_of_China.svg – Rail network map including High Speed Rail

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Getting a China Visa in Hong Kong

Getting a China Visa in Hong Kong

My 30 day visa for mainland China had expired and even though I had only been in Hong Kong for a day I knew that I wanted to go back and explore more of China. So, it’s off to do a visa application for China while in Hong Kong.

There are many ways to go through the visa process while in Hong Kong including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or via the many travel agents offering visa services, and even via some accommodation houses, particularly backpacker hostels.

I’m not sure which way is best but for my first time I went with the relative safety of the state owned travel agency, China Travel Service, commonly known as CTS. CTS have branches all over Hong Kong, so they were not to hard to find.  Hong Kong  – CTS Branch Map

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