Ian Ford

Ian Ford

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    I am wondering about mosquitos in May. Would cities such as Beijing and Shanghai be less buggy than Chengdu and Wenzhou? Thanks!

    There are few mosquitoes in Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu (I don't know about Wenzhou) but whether you take repellent is very much a decision for you based on your aversion to being bitten; for the immediate discomfort and for the risk of something more serious. Since it's not a heavy item, perhaps take anyway about 6 years ago

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    For a tourist visa, do you still require an invitation letter?

    There is some confusion in terminology. You might have needed an invitation letter for a business visa. This is an official document granted by an authorised unit (such as a provincial tourism administration). Your local contact will usually provide this and so you needn't know too many details. For a tourist visa your husband probably needs a visa support letter. This is not an official document but just confirmation from a hotel or travel service that he has arrangements in-country. In the past these were often waived but in the current climate they are being required for most nationalities. Since regulations (and the interpretation of these) change frequently it is often best to apply through a visa service. They will know the latest requirements for the consulate where you will be applying. over 6 years ago

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    What should I see in china

    Here's one of a series of articles describing the choices you face: http://fordie.hubpages.com/hub/Key-Destinations-For-China-Holidays almost 7 years ago

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    I have 3days in Xi An,where deserve to visit?

    Consider these half day options: - Terracotta Warriors - Wild Goose Pagoda and Provincial Museum (nearby) - City Walls and Muslim Quarter (including Grand Mosque) You could then think about a side trip to luoyang by fast train or to Hua Shan (Flower Mountain) depending upon your interests. For more ideas check out: http://china-journeys.com/Xi%27an_Prefecture.php almost 7 years ago

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    How many days do you recommend for a first time tourist to Beijing and Shanghai each.

    2-3 days for Shanghai. At least 3 days for Beijing and 5 or 6 if you can spare. Depends upon your interests and whether or not you plan on visiting nearby destinations (such as water-twons from Shanghai) but then there is always something else for those with more time about 7 years ago

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    Does Ctrip only release their dates a few months before the departure dates?

    With the odd exception is does seem that the cut-off is about 90 days ahead. Travel agencies can book further ahead so you may have to consider the pay-off between cost and assurance for your plans. It is unlikley that all the tickets will be sold by the time that you can buy from ctrip, especially given that there are many flights on these routes, so why not wait. about 7 years ago

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    What restaurants suggest to go in chengdu to get the best Sichuan delicacy?

    For an unusual but delicious lunch try the vegetarian restuarnt in the Wenshu Monastery. Jinli Street has a number of options but most are over-priced. We had a dinner in the restaurant of the Jinsha Ruins Museum and that was excellent, though, again, pricey. over 7 years ago

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    Planning 3 days in Xi'an. What did you enjoy other than the Terra-Cotta Warriors and the museum?

    Xi'an now has some fast train options. You could even make a day trip to somewhere like Luoyang over 7 years ago