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I was - and still am - very busy getting ready to move to a new place so I ended up misplacing that thread and that's why I didn't get back to you.|
By the way, I used to smoke the Mighty Ducks faves, but they changed a couple of years ago and I stopped that brand. I smoke Xiao Xiongmao (Little Panda) but only the "Light Aqua" colored pack - about RMB20 a pack (less at some stores, I pay 18.50).
Getting back to visas; my meaning was not the lines in embassies in other countries that have lines and are problems, I was referring to the lines, poor service, and difficulties of Chinese people trying to get visas to ENTER those other countries.
The restrictions and difficulties that Chinese people face when trying to get a visa to enter the States, Canada, England and Australia is far, far more difficult than a foreigner trying to get a visa to enter China. There is no "visa at the border" for Chinese people wanting to travel to the States or Canada or England or Australia. There is no way for a Chinese citizen to obtain a one-month, 3-month double entry, 6-month multiple entry, or whatever, to any of those countries that can be obtained with a fraudulent business card ran off at a local printer in say Hawaii or Puerto Rico that a Chinese citizen can then use to enter the States, or in say Jersey so they can enter England.
The difficulties and onerous restrictions set against the people of China BY the States and Canada and England and Australia etc., are what COULD be levied against people FROM those countries by the China govt., if they wanted to, and that the China govt. has a right to institute IF they wanted to, and all China would be doing would be treating the people FROM those countries the same way the govt.'s OF those countries treat the people of China.
Fortunately - for people FROM those countries - the China govt. is far more sophisticated and fair-minded than the govt.'s from ANY of those countries and so even under the current situation the China govt. is continuing the fair-minded policy of allowing foreigners to obtain visas and still relatively easily.
A minor inconvenience as far as I'm concerned and an understandable one. The only part of it that I regret is that when mine is up and I need a new one I may have to spend 4 days in the he*lhole that is Hong Kong. For that reason, it's almost worth it to fly to Thailand or Dubai and catch a flight to Canada to renew my visa. The idea of having to spend more than just a few hours in HK is almost to terrible too think about.