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More than a fifth of the world's population live within China's borders, and at times it seems as though they're all camped out at Beijing Station.
There is so much to see and do in China, and I always prefer to travel by train.
Food and drink piled high for two-day rail journey, while kitchen staff sweat and chop vegetables in restaurant-car. tnot.es/Ch5— Michel Travel Notes� (@TravelTweet) February 28, 2013
You will need at least four to six weeks to do the country any justice, and if you have the time to use your full three month visa, all the better.
Some travellers even get permission to extend their visa, it all depends on the mood of the official, or your willingness to pay for the services of one of their agents.
The Bureau for Foreigners is a newer form of corruption in the open. Despite the official stamp of approval, bargaining in these offices is not uncommon.
China has changed a lot since I first visited the country in 1988, some of it not for the better.
China in Eighty Eight:
You really did feel like one in a billion in those days.
Many people were still afraid to speak out, the Sino- Chinese summit was a long way off, and with that, the most memorable picture to come out of China; that lone protester standing in the line of an advancing tank column in Tian'men Square.
Beijing is the capital of China, and the jumping off point for a visit to The Great Wall, at Badaling.
Located right on the corner of the Bund and the Nanjing Road shopping area, the Shanghai Peace Hotel is something of an historical institution and a must visit; even if you don't stay here.
Guilin derives its name from the Osmanthus trees found all over the city.
The main reason for a visit to Guilin though is to get out of the city and view the limestone peaks on the way to Yangshou and along the Li River.
If you want to see the Terracotta Soldiers in Qinshi-huang's Mausoleum, then you will need to visit Xi'an.
There's more to see around the city too.
News from Beijing and other regions in China.
Web-based Etymological dictionary, for learning Chinese characters.
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