We are planning a tour around China starting 3rd July for 5 weeks.
The list of places we were thinking of visiting (in this order is)
We were also considering going into Hanoi, Vietnam time permitting.
Two questions I'm hoping for help with
1) The Chinese visa only lasts for 30 days and according to the updates on Thorntree it will be impossible to get this extended during the summer months. Does this mean we would have to restrict our time in China to 30 days, possibly spending the last 5 days in Hanoi and fly home from there? Also, could someone please clarify what exactly the single entry and double entry visas mean?
2) Of the places listed above, does this seem realistic for 5 weeks (or 30 days if the visa cannot be extended). Should we consider leaving out any of them? Or is there anywhere else anyone would recommend?
All help would be much appreciated :-)
Nice trip, although Chengdu and surrounds might be out of the question as a result of the earthquake...
With a single visa you get 30 days, with the possibility of extending this for another 30 days if you apply in China, 5 days prior to your visa running out... a double entry visa means you can have 30 days in China, then travel to another country, eg. Vietnam/Mongolia and legally return into China for another 30 days... I read on the TT that there would be changes to the conditions in regards to extending visas from the 1 July!
Ideally, acquiring a double entry visa prior to your trip would be the best option... otherwise, you'll probably only have 30 days...
Thank you for you reply Joff, very useful to know. I think we are going to try and limit ourselves to a single entry visa and fly straight into Hong Kong.
Chengdu is looking unlikely now because of the earthquake, terrible tragedy for everyone in that area, very sad.
Has anyone any other recommendations of places to go or things to see? I've been advised to leave out Wuhan, but we were hoping to do the Three Gorges cruise from there. Anyone any experience, good or bad of this?
Thank you for the help