14degrees off the beaten track
home | about | route | blog | photo gallery | vids | gear | FAQ | links | contact | PRESS | 14degrees off the beaten track in Japanese

July 2nd, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,China

« Previous Day                                                                                                   Next Day »

I love cross cultural communication. What I thought I ordered was pork and cabbage. What I got, was pork, and cabbage. But when the mis-communication only costs you an extra 0.50 Euro, I’m not about to start complaining.

The joy of cross cultural communication...what I wanted (and thought I had ordered) was pork and cabbage together. What I got was pork, and cabbage (Zhangye, Gansu Province, China)

On the order of business today was booking a hotel for my visa application. On Expedia.com I booked a random US$50 a night hotel in Shanghai for five days. The cancellation fee for the booking is US$27, so essnetially for US$27 I hope that I have fulfilled the Chinese visa application requirements in Hong Kong. I will be cancelling the booking as soon as my visa is issued. Rude for the hotel staff, but I feel that I have no choice.

The Chinese Embassy in Hong Kong‘s website has given me some slight cause for concern today however, in stating the following:


Visa applicants are increasing in a large number and need longer waiting time in the visa office recently. If you don’t  reside or work in  Hong  Kong permanently,  you are required to apply Chinese visa from  the  Embassy or  Consulate-General  of  Peoples’  Republic  of  China  in  your resident country.  You  are  welcome  to  China for tourism,  business,  visit  of the Olympic Games.

Not the greatest of statements for me, but I’ll try all the same. You can’t expect someone who hasn’t been home for 2.5 years to fly home, get the visa, and then fly back.

Also, I have written some articles for www.skatefurther.com, a great global long distance skateboarding website. One article is a route information sheet for skating in Xinjiang Province in China, and other other is a day in the life on the road.

« Previous Day                                                                                                   Next Day »

    Permanent Link     Comments (3)

Comment by Damien — July 5, 2008 @ 4:25 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Thanks for your previous advice about the visa situation in China. Are you going to Hong Kong because you can not get another renewal in mainland China?

Looks like I will need 2 visa renewals through my travels in China. I'm not looking forward to battling the bureaucracy.

Love the site man.



Comment by Rob Thomson — July 5, 2008 @ 4:36 am | post a comment


I have already had two renewals, and that is the limit. Since thing change all the time, I can't be sure of this, but unless you're in or close to Beijing, visa renewals should still be easy enough.


Comment by Aunty Les — July 6, 2008 @ 9:10 pm | post a comment

The food looks delicious.

I enjoyed reading about your encounter with the French cyclists. They've certainly got it easy, with no heavy packs or the need to suss out accommodation etc. So wonder they can do the distance in half the time you did! Also, as you comment, being on the go ll the time means missing out on people contact, and, where there is great scenery, missing out in having a good look at the country they're passing through.

Leave a comment

* required fields