I guess it isn’t as easy to go to China as I’d thought. On Thursday, my travel agent told me that Americans can’t get landing visas in China. In the interests of being “reciprocal”, we also have to pay more than anybody else does, and take our visa application forms to the embassy in person. Needless to say, that’s a bit difficult since I live in Taiwan. The travel agent can mail my passport and papers to someone in Hong Kong and have that person hand in the forms in person, though. According to the travel agent, they normally need 12 working days to get all this stuff done. So it looks like it’s going to be tight. My plans to visit the mainland just may fall apart for the third year in a row.

The worst part about it is, the travel agent didn’t even mention the whole visa issue when I made my airline reservations two weeks ago! Her excuse? She said she thought I was Taiwanese when we talked on the phone. Yeah, right. Like anybody would confuse my Chinese for a local’s. I know this game