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Visa,My Country for a Visa    

By Richard James'
4549 Views | 2 Comments | 5/15/2010 11:38:36 AM

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Visa, My country for a visa
So you've finally decided to take the plunge! And plan a trip to China: maybe just to see the sights, meet that entertaining lady you’ve been chatting with for the last five months or meet a couple of beautiful women your interested in.

I want to make you aware, if you are not already - that a lot of preparation goes into planning a trip to China and the most important part of this is getting your Chinese visa - you can have your current passport/the round trip tickets/the hotel booked and all the sightseeing picked out, but you wont be sightseeing anywhere, meeting anyone or doing anything in China “except in a travel magazine” without a visa.

Now don`t do what most people usually do: which is buying the tickets first (doh! “Imitates Homer Simpson”) If the Chinese consulate denies your visa you`ll be stuck with tickets that may or may not be refundable depending on the airline you've chosen.

I have the trip all mapped out: my flight departs the sweet soil of the United States of America on February 13th @ 6:45 AM arriving in beautiful Shanghai China February 14th @ 2:50 pm start of Chinese New Years and by coincidence Valentines day.

Why choose New Years? Because the girlfriend is off for the holidays and we now have a chance to spend quality time together: she can show off all the interesting aspects of Shanghai old and new. Coincidentally, yours truly - was born on July 4th (Independence Day for you non-Americans) what better way to spend a holiday then igniting tubes of gunpowder, which pack enough wallop to blow your fingers off! Just for the fun of it.

A little history lesson here, the first firecrackers were likely chunks of green bamboo, and when placed onto a fire and heated, the air inside of the hollow reeds expanded and boom! The firecracker was born. My brother is a licensed Pyrotechnician, and anxiously stated, Rich you must take as many pictures as you can of the ensuing celebration! (I think he`s a little envious).

Oh, right, this article is about getting your visa and I am sure there are members who are wondering just how do I get my visa, now this will apply to Americans wanting to get a visa (not sure about other countries).

First, find a reputable firm and you can take a stroll to your nearest travel agent and ask the agent whom they use: the firm the friendly travel agent suggested TRAVISA.COM. Just go there right now, get that visa and plan that trip to China. To say I am excited would be a huge underestimation! I am simply ecstatic that I am going to meet my girlfriend in the flesh: and experience firsthand the sights/sounds/ smells and people of Shanghai.

Now don`t you feel inspired? If a simpleton like yours truly can do it, surely you can do it too.

From -Tao Te Ching
By Laozi (Lao Tzu, “Old Master”)
Ancient Chinese proverb

Literally: A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.
Meaning: The longest journey begins with a single step.
Variant: Even the longest journey must start from where you stand.

Best Wishes

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#2010-05-16 13:21:08 by paolo2008 @paolo2008

To residents from the United Kingdom one of the many agencies that advertise to obtain visa for your trip to china are very good most of them are identifiable British security companies like connected to Securicor ,The paperwork is filled in online and you send your passport to the security company who then deal with your application with the Chinese embassy in London and within 14 days your passport is delivered to your home complete with visa

#2010-05-16 14:27:31 by rijun614 @rijun614

nice post!

I just got my travel visa last week, so I'm relieved and pretty happy. I'm living in Osaka, Japan and the Chinese Consulate is just a few stops away from my home on the local subway :-)

Unfortunately for Americans like myself, the cost of the visa is quite high compared to
other nationalities, about $150. I recommend that when you apply for the visa, request a multiple entry type. First time visitors can apply for a single-entry or double entry visa . Multiple entry good for 6, 12, or 24 month visas are available but I don't think first timers can get one.

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