Chinese Visa #2
After Christmas, I left Hong Kong and went back to China. I was now using my second entry of my double entry visa. 9 days later I was back in Hong Kong.
For my travels to continue, I would need yet another China visa.
Early 2015 and visas are being issued but if you get from the embassy, you're gonna need flight tickets and hotel reservations. The later is easy enough. Use booking.com and book a few hostels and then cancel them. BUT also, when you make a booking many do not even need a credit card to secure the res. and even if they say they do, most do not have the authority to charge your card without the card holder being present.
For overland travellers, needing an onward ticket to enter a country is a right pain in the ass.
Having a fake E ticket to show airline check in staff is not the same thing as having a fake E ticket to show embassy staff to secure your visa. Booking a refundable ticket is the way to do it. Just wait til you get the visa back and then cancel it. BUT you gotta do quite a bit of leg work to get a 100% refundable ticket.
How to get round this little obstacle, find an agency who will get you a visa with no questions asked. www.fbt-chinavisa.com.hk/
As of late Feb 2015 they are issuing single and double entry tourist visas in 2 to 4 days. I went for the single entry 4 day service. It gives me a 30 day single entry visa which is valid for 3 months.
Cost is 610HK$ (910HK$ for next day service). This was for UK passport holders. Other passports will differ. They are located a short walk from Hung Hom MTR metro station or a 15 minute walk from TST, where the back packer hostels of the famed Chunking Mansions are located.
• 1 photo. (white back ground) - they can take photos there too which I needed cos they were a bit anal about my photo taken in Africa a few years back. The white wasn't white enough)
• Entry sticker for Hong Kong (passports are no longer stamped when entering HK or Macau. Just a 2inch by 1.5 inch sticker).