Hot Tip for China Visa Renewal and Info on Shenzhen VOA/Port Visa

Hot Tip for China Visa Renewal and Info on Shenzhen VOA/Port Visa

Here’s a hot tip. Don’t overstay your visa, they really don’t like it. Over the four years or so of staying in China I was always on time with renewing my visa, in which case I would travel to Hong Kong and get it renewed, or, go to the local PSB (Public Security Bureau) in the mainland and get it renewed there. read more

Key Travel Tips for First Time China Visitors

Key Travel Tips for First Time China Visitors

The first time in China can be an entrancing experience, put together the mysticism of Asian culture, the buzz of the staggeringly large number of people, the sheer size and scale of everything, and you’ll probably be on a starry-eyed traveler high for a while. But, undoubtedly at some point you’ll have to come back to earth, this a guide to help you to not come crashing back! read more

6 Things to do when entering China for the first time

6 Things to do when entering China for the first time

Here are six painfully boring things you could do before traveling overseas for the first time

  1. Check the weather and local temperature prior to leaving and take appropriate clothing. Six degrees Celsius is really chilly in a t-shirt and shorts.
  2. Check where the airport is, and what the best way might be to get from the airport to the accommodation you booked.
  3. Actually book some accommodation, particularly so if you’ll be arriving at 11 pm into a country you’ve never been, nor speak the language.
  4. Have some sort of map, anything
  5. Have some local currency, or at least check that your ATM card will work there.
  6. Don’t forget to buy that phrase book before you leave, it will be handy when you land late at night and there’s a limited staff on shift and none that speak English, particularly when you have no accommodation booked, no money, and no idea.

It was 2010, I had just arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China. read more