Getting the China visa - the old way - the new way
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
55Trip End Nov 31, 2009
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Those good old days have gone, as from the start of 2008 its been harder to get business and tourist visas. The reason?
Mainly the Olympics. You can blame lots on the Olympics. Tighter security, the need to flush out any terrorists who have been living in China for years, etc.
There's also something more underlying and sinister: a growing nationalism in China, in tandem with a rising hatred of the West.
What China doesn't realise is that these new measures are loosing it face and also a lot of goodwill from English teachers, advisors, business people, volunteers, development workers and the like, who have contributed much to China over the last few decades.