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Old 12 Jan 2008
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Laos China

Anybody tried to enter from Laos into China?
If Yes how did it work out?

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You can't unless your bike is registered in China (returning home).
Foreigners with Chinese plate bikes have entered China via Loas several times.

Good luck!
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check out gt-rider.com forums, theres a brilliant story about going from Laos to southern China and even Tibet about a year ago. But this guy also went with a chinese-plated 200cc bike, I would imagine its a different story at the border if you got another plates. He even ended up selling that bike and buying another one, a new 200cc offroad, but then he had an accident and needed to return to Thailand for treatment. Still one of the greatest travel reports Ive read!!

From whats been written in here, doing China the "official way" seems to be possible, too, but not without plenty of time to arrange everything (a mandatory guide, for example) and a very, very large budget.
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I am kind of new here. I can't understand why it is a must to enter China with a foreign plate bike. If you want to tour China and it is difficult or expensive to enter with your own bike, buy one in China and ride. I have got one in China and I fly in to do my tours and fly back out when I am done. Just leave the bike for someone to look after it while you are gone or sell it if you are done with China.
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"I can't understand why it is a must to enter China with a foreign plate bike. If you want to tour China and it is difficult or expensive to enter with your own bike, buy one in China and ride"

Thats ok if you only plan to do China. Though I would think most bikes available there are small cc, and made in China, so may not suit everyones needs for travel 100%.

Another reason why you'd need to take your own bike in, would be if your on a round-the-world trip, or other very long trip. Its a very big country, and easily gets badly in the way, if your planning to do any big trip to the Asian region.
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I bought a 600cc Jialing and use it to tour China.
China seem to be the most difficult country to enter with a bike but it is big enough to justify buying one. You can alway sell it when you leave.
If touring around the world is the main objective, why insist on doing it with only one bike? Its is just a tool. If your way or the highway, then I suggest to stay away from China unless you are loaded and don't mind giving UTM to the Chinese officials
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Q: Buying a bike in China

Can anyone tell me what kind of red tape is involved when buying a chinese bike in China -- license, tax, etc...?

Is renting an option? I have rented in Vietnam and India, and both times the transaction was cheap and simple and required almost no paperwork.

I am keen on picking up a bike in Hong Kong, and riding out to the mainland.

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