Travel guidebooks published during the early 1980s state that China began admitting unescorted foreigners in 1981.
Here is his own introduction: I traveled China for three months in 1983, and managed to visit, or "pass through," every province except Tibet, Hainan (part of Guangdong Province back then), Fujian and Taiwan (which I visited in 1980) However, I made my "first visit" to China on 1980 July 17.
I joined a half-day "cross-border" tour operated by China International Travel Service (CITS), Hong Kong.
Booking was easy and the price was very reasonable.
Bao'an County, which had a settlement history dating back nearly 1,700 years, was renamed Shenzhen City in January 1979.
" That's the arguably rhetorical question posed by transportation expert and amateur photographer Leroy W. in a photoset he has posted to flickr documenting his journey to the city in the 1980s.
With his kind permission, we reproduce the photos here.
This page will help you understand & plan train travel in China, & arrange your train tickets. Agencies selling Chinese train tickets online: com.
On this page you'll find: Beijing to Ulan Bator & Moscow by Trans-Siberian railway; Onward to Paris & London Beijing to Hanoi (Vietnam) by train; Onwards to Saigon; Onwards to Phnom Penh & Bangkok Beijing to Japan by ferry Beijing to South Korea by ferry Beijing to North Korea by train Beijing to Taiwan by ferry Hong Kong to Hanoi (Vietnam) Kunming to Hanoi (Vietnam) by train Lhasa to Kathmandu by bus & onwards to to Delhi How to buy tickets online How to buy tickets at the station How to check train schedules & fares Maps of China's train network Collecting tickets bought online How to read a Chinese train ticket Finding & boarding your train What are Chinese trains like? Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (local trains in Hong Kong plus through trains HK to Beijing & Shanghai):
But in all other cases, long-distance train tickets often sell out days before departure.
Train tickets are best booked at least 3-4 days in advance, preferably more, apart from peak holiday periods when they should be booked as soon as reservations open or secured through a train ticketing agency who knows the ropes, as trains get very fully-booked weeks ahead.
At this time, the total population was stated at 300,000.