Getting There in China

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While people are increasingly traveling to China getting there - especially from the West - can be long, tiring and expensive if you don't follow a few tips and shop around. However, if you do put the effort in and search thoroughly, you can find a whole plethora of transport options to get you to this great country.

By Plane

Currently flights are being offered from London Heathrow to Beijing, China for around the $750 mark. From the U.S., you can fly for around $900. This way, if you've always wanted to visit China getting there is relatively cheap, especially given that you will make enormous savings once you arrive on food, accommodation and transport.

By Train

Arguably the most romantic way to travel to China from Europe or Russia is via the Silk Route railways which will take you through Kazakhstan and northern China before delivering you to Beijing. More locally, you can use the incredibly cheap and efficient train services in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to access China from the south. Prices will be a fraction of what you'd expect to pay for similar-length routes in Western Europe.

By Boat

If you're travelling to China from Macau then a very pleasant means of transport is the ferry which can take you to Hong Kong and then on to Beijing. A 24-hour sea trip is also possible from Incheon, South Korea to Yingkou, China. If you've always wanted to go to China, getting there in this manner is probably the most exciting method.

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April 12, 2010 change by revjugular

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From singapore

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From Inchon in South Korea there are passenger ships to Weihai and Tianjin. For Weihai they leave in the afternoon and arrive in the morning - twice a week. The service to Tianjin takes more than 24 hours and leaves every five days or so.

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Transsiberia

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There are direct trains from Moscow to Beijing who take just over a week for the whole trip. Some trains go via Mongolia, check in advance if yours does because you do need a visa in that case and it can be tricky.

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From Nepal

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The border at Khasa between Nepal and Tibet is open. If you are coming from Nepal you need a permit to enter Tibet - it is not very likely they let you in if you just show up. The Nepalese issue visa upon arrival.

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From Pakistan

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The Karakoram Highway takes you from Kashgar to Gilgit via Tashkurgan, Hunza valley and Passu or vice versa. The Khunjerab pass is some 4800 meters high and is only open in summer. Border formalities are not very strict. There is one bus daily in eevry direction that takes two days to go from the more..

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Via Kazakhstan

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There are also trains from Almaty in the Kazakhstan to Urumqi in western China. From Almaty there are onward trains to Moscow.

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From Kyrgyzstan

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From Kashgar in west China you can cross into Kyrgyzstan via the Torugart, it is a great trip, but you need to get a special permit. It is possible to arrange this permit in Kashgar but it takes a day or two and you may have to go in an officially organized trip which drops you off at the border. On the Kyrgyz side of the border you need to take a cab to the first town of some size, Naryn, which is still a couple of hours away.

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Vietnam

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The Chinese Vietnamese border is open. There are buses to Vietnam from Nanning.

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