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== You will Need a Chinese Visa!! == To go to China, you needed to get a visa! Everyone should get a multiple-entry Tourist L visa (if you only get a single-entry visa, you won't be able to go to Hong Kong). * And to get a visa, you need to have a passport that is valid ''at least'' 12 months after you planned to fly away from China (so, e.g., if you are leaving China on 1-November-2016, then your passport needs to be valid through 31-October-2017). Your passport must also have at least ''one entirely blank page''. * You also need: ** a printout of a filled-out [http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/fd/W020130830801798289342.pdf Visa Application Form V. 2013 of the People's Republic of China] (after we have everything we need I'll email you my filled out form as an example to follow). ** a copy of the information pages of your passport. ** a copy of your most Chinese visa (if you have been to China before). ** one 2"x2" recent color photo (not a printout). ** a screenshot or printout of hotel reservation confirmation (I'll email this to you when I have this). ** a copy of your airline tickets (both to and from China). * For US citizens, the visa cost $140 (much cheaper for other nationalities). Starting this year, you can get a multiple-entry visa, good for 10 years. We should all apply for a Tourist L visa. You can pay the fee by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check or Company Check. ''Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable.'' To get a visa, you can go to your local Chinese consulate. No appointment is required. You go in one day, and it will be ready for pick up 4 business days later. My experience is that it takes about an hour the first day, and takes only a few minutes to pick up the visa a few days later. (2 to 3 business-day and 1 business day/same-day express service is available for $20 or $30.)<br><br> ''NOTE: The Chinese consulates are all closed for holidays on: 2-May, 30-May, 4-July, 29-July, 5-September, 3-October, and other dates:<br> [http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/eng/lszj/t1328419.htm 2016 Chinese Consulate Holiday Schedule]'' <br><br> (Citizens of US and Europe ''do not'' need a separate visa for Hong Kong.) <br><br>
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