QUOTE(luke_1989 @ Nov 26 2009, 08:08 AM)
Many thanks for the adivise and i will be buying a calculator now to take with me :-D.
Also have you got any good asdvise on getting a visa before you go to China? I plan to arrive in July time but will be traveling beforehand from April In South East Asia.
How does it work getting a visa before is it open dated so the time starts when you arrive in the country or do you have to have a specific date to give(Im from the United Kingdom)
I donít know what kinds of journey you plan,for business or just travel by yourself?
If you are a business or a travel agency tour,that will be easy,because your initerary is fixed,so your visa expire time will just fit your time.
But if you plan your journey by yourself,you should to make a plan, first how many countries will you visit,and which date will you arrive China and when to leave,make sure your visa expire is effect .
When you apply visa to china ,you need to submit some files to the Chinese Embassy in London,passport or the certificate replace for passport,write a application for visa,and two pieces of photo of yourself,maybe some Proof of income documents,advice you ask some office for details.
Bellow are some rules for your reference
British nationals require visas to enter the mainland of China, but not Hong Kong. Visas must be obtained prior to arrival, including for Hainan Island where an earlier exemption was withdrawn in June 2008. For details of entry requirements to China you should contact the Chinese Embassy in London in good time before your proposed trip. It is currently very difficult to change visa category in country.
You should carefully check your visa validity as fines are levied for overstaying.
Your passport should have a minimum validity of six months on arrival in China.
Registering with the Chinese authorities
You are required to register your place of residence with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival. Chinese authorities are now actively enforcing this requirement. If you are staying in a hotel, registration is done on your behalf as part of the check-in process.
Travelling to Hong Kong
If you visit Hong Kong from the mainland of China you will require a double or multiple entry visa to gain re-entry to the mainland.
If you are transiting China en route to a third country you do not require a transit visa if you are staying within the confines of the airport for less than 24 hours. If your stopover requires you to leave the airport, you will need a transit visa for both the outward and return journeys.
Travelling with children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the Chinese Embassy in London.