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May 12, 2022
How can I have both participation and privacy when I visit China?
Next time I visit China, how can I participate in economic activity while at the same time maintaining some degree of privacy? [more inside]
May 3, 2021
Can you recommend a packing and moving/shipping service, NYC to China?
I have been asked to get someone’s personal belongings (no furniture, just miscellaneous personal belongings) from their apartment in NYC to China (city unknown yet, I am finding out). The added twist here is that I need a company who will also PACK the belongings into boxes or crates for me. [more inside]
July 19, 2020
Are shipments from China being held up?
The Trump-appointed Postmaster General has issued directives that are said to delay delivery of mail. Are delays being applied to packages shipped from China, especially? [more inside]
February 1, 2020
Can You Help My Son Get Permits To Drive To Wuhan Airport?
My son went to a city just outside of Wuhan China a couple of weeks ago to attend a wedding. He has since been trapped in an apartment there by the caronavirus and resulting Chinese transportation lockdown. He has a seat to leave on a US State Department sponsored flight leaving Monday, but as of now (Sunday afternoon in China) he can't get to the airport that's only an hour's drive away. [more inside]
August 23, 2019
4 Days in Xiamen, China
I'm an American attending a conference in Xiamen soon. I've tacked 4 days onto the trip after the 4-day conference concludes for vacation / sightseeing. I've never been to China before. What's the best way to spend those days? Are there interesting things in Xiamen to occupy those days or should I plan to move around a bit? [more inside]
July 3, 2019
Shanghai in July
I'll be in Shanghai on business for a week the last week of July. There will be at least 3 of us coming from the US and we will be tied up in meetings until about 5PM daily. Looking to get the most out of the trip when we're not working. [more inside]
May 10, 2019
seeking information on visiting china
I'm making a week long trip with work to Beijing and Shanghai next week. Metafilter has been so awesome in fleshing out the background of history, politics and contemporary culture on previous trips to non-european destinations, it's been immensely informative and useful. [more inside]
November 26, 2018
Best way to spend 5 hours in Shanghai airport?
I will have a 5-hour layover in Shanghai Pudong airport just before Christmas. The layover is between two very long flights. Are there any nice cafés/restaurants/areas to hang out in? Perhaps even shower facilities? [more inside]
October 10, 2018
One day in Beijing (twice)
Thanks to long layovers, I will have most of a day in Beijing, twice, in early January. What do you recommend I do in the city in a day? [more inside]
June 20, 2018
24 Hours in Beijing?
This August I will find myself with 24 hours in Beijing. I will go to the Great Wall on a hiking trip the days after that. Any must-see do-not-miss sights? What food would you not want to miss? I tend to like food and culture and neighborhoods where I can freely wander and take pictures.
May 25, 2018
Is it Worth Going to Shanghai for a Week?
I have a free place to stay in Shanghai and am on a tight budget and wondered if it'd be worth flying from the States (frequent flyer miles) to go visit for a week. I generally am culturally curious and would like something like visiting the "Water Towns", but I'm wondering if there's much else to see and do to fill a week?
January 22, 2018
Travel visa for China, surrender passport?!
I am a US citizen of Taiwanese parentage. I am in the process of getting a visa to visit Shanghai for four days, a side trip from my main trip to Taipei. I do not think it's a good idea to give my US passport to a Consulate office. [more inside]
December 7, 2017
Leaving luggage in Beijing
I want to store my luggage for a few hours in central Beijing. What's the best option? [more inside]
December 3, 2017
Traveling internationally with a cooking knife.
Is a cooking knife in checked luggage a problem going into or out of China? From Tokyo. With a US citizen. [more inside]
July 21, 2017
Cross rural China by train - must see places to stop in between?
I'm planning a trip to China and would like to see more of the countryside, starting from the east and moving by train to Xinjiang. Recommendations on rural pitstops along the way? [more inside]
April 8, 2017
Taking a computer from US to Shanghai for short-term work contract
I'm going to Shanghai for work for 11 days as a contractor, not an employee. I need advice on preparing and transporting my heavy, bulky laptop computer appropriately. I leave the US Tuesday morning. [more inside]
February 14, 2017
Chinese Visa Major Family
Traveling to China for work. Unsure how to fill out the major family portion of the form. I am a woman married to a woman, China does not recognize same sex marriage. Do I list my wife in major family on the visa application?
December 22, 2016
Legitimate Chinese Visa Processing service?
Can you recommend a Chinese Visa service that offers expedited processing? [more inside]
August 3, 2016
General advice and specific questions on a trip from Canada to China
In a few weeks, I'll be making a trip from Canada to Ordos, China. It'll be my first time doing such a trip. I've got a few questions and I'm wondering if there's anything else I need to know. [more inside]
July 6, 2016
Beijing! What's good?
Mr Fig and I will be headed to Beijing in November. The last time we were there was January 2012 for a few days for our honeymoon. The last time before that, I did a semester-long study abroad in 2002. This time, we will be there for roughly a week. What should we do? Are there any good restaurants/bars we should check out? [more inside]