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#1 Posted : Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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My husband and I recently booked this trip and are looking forward to having another great experience with Gate 1.  Are you booked for the same trip?  

Looking forward to meeting others on the trip.

Margaret and Donald
#2 Posted : Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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Less than a month away.  Visas have been issued.  Ready to go.  Anyone else going?  

Margaret and Donald
#3 Posted : Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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I take it not too many people read this board, or don't care to participate. I haven't heard from anyone going on the Aug 30 China trip either. I was wondering if you could tell me how long it took you to get the visa, and what service you used for it? I keep hearing various times for how far in advance you can apply for it, and how long it takes to get it. I see on the GenVisa site that Gate1 recommends they say it takes 4 weeks. I don't want the visa to expire before I go, but I also want time to fix it if there is a paperwork problem getting it and have to re-apply.
#4 Posted : Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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Go ahead and apply now.  There is no reason to delay - as you note you want maximum time to recover in the unlikely event your passport is lost or damaged in the process.

China visas are good for one year from the date of issue.

China is one country that forces most people to use a visa service.  They will not receive passports by mail or send them back out by mail.  They must be presented at the embassy in person by either the person applying or their representative (visa service.)  If you happen to live near one of the embassies, you can do it yourself and save the fee of the visa service.  You or the service must deliver and retrieve the passports in person - no mail or package service.

We used GenVisa last time and they did a good job.  I think the process took between two and three weeks.  I recommend you get the insurance that covers lost passport costs that they offer.  The whole affair for China visa is expensive - I believe we paid just over $200 for each one last year.
Randy and Deanie
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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Just returned and had a great time.  We had a very small but fun group which was great. Glad we went!
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