Acquiring a Chinese Visa

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, June 6, 2013

The thought of having to go to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles was scary. The paperwork, available online, needed for a visa was daunting, especially some of the questions about where I'd be staying. How would I explain that I won't be staying in a hotel, but rather a school dormitory? "No, of course, I won't be teaching."

I'm not a good liar. Thankfully, I have a good friend from China who knows how to deal with these things. I didn't have to go to the Consulate at all; I went to a travel agency. I paid $160 instead of the normal $145 for the tourist visa, gave them my passport, and now I wait a week.

Could it really be that easy? Will I get my passport back? If this works, it's SOOOO worth the extra $15. I mean, I didn't even have to drive into L.A.
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