Skip China Element Strongholds
At the hub room in China, once at the stage where you need to collect 4 elements to release the 4 gates, if you stand near the middle of the room by the first gate, notice the decorative block in front of it.
Stand on this block and equip the ASE. Perform a running jump to the roof of the locked door. You should be able to land on the roof and walk to the other side to carry on with the level! You are even given the elements required at the end of the level.
Added by: MongooseGeneral Jan 6th 2012, ID#4916