Chinese Visas

Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
Trip End Oct 01, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

David was home and received the documents that would allow us to enter China. We anguished (rather I did) as to how much should be written on the Chinese Visa application. Should we write down all 30 (thirty) something places that would be visited? Should we mention Tibet? Should we write the words "retired film editor" on the application? So many questions, so few answers. There was much discussion along with anxiety as to what exactly was and is expected by the Chinese authorities. The mountain turned out to be a mole hill.

Then there was the notion of just sending the passport out to the unknown.  Would it ever return? 

Therefore it was with much relief that David tore off the end of the FedEx package to reveal our passports with the Chinese visa stamped within the inner pages. We marveled at how some entities have the power to change the face of a document that others consider sacred.

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