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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'll be fine, but you won't have as many options, such as going in and out of Shenzhen 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 23-November-2018, then your passport needs to be valid through 22-November-2019). Your passport must also have at least ''one entirely blank page''. * You also need: ** a printout of a filled-out [http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/chn/qianzhen/zgqz/P020130828366275572026.pdf Visa Application Form V. 2013 of the People's Republic of China]. (If you like, please email me, and I can reply with my filled out visa form from 2015, so you have an example to follow). ** a copy of the information pages of your passport. ** a copy of your most recent 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 (but it is much cheaper for other nationalities). Starting in 2015, US citizens can get a multiple-entry visa, good for 10 years (even though there is no option for this on the visa form). 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 Chinese holidays! Please check the dates! For 2018 these dates are: 1-January, 15-January, 15-16 February, 28-May, 19-June, 4-July, 3-September, 1-October, 8-October, 12-November, 22-23 November, and 24-25-December:<br> [https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/us/sanfrancisco.htm 2018 San Francisco 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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