"Going to China: preparations" China by sunshine9689
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We started searching for deals quite early - at the end of July - and found a good deal I think:
Flight 'Detroit-Beijing' with 2 stops at Chicago and Seoul. Operated by United and Asiana airlines.
$930 per person (+ $13 processing fee).
Tickets were bought at: http://www.cheaptickets.com
Total for 2 people: $1892.
The applications for L visa are accepted only from walk-in applicants.
Chinese consulates (6) in US are located in: Washington, Houston, NY, LA, Chicago and San Francisco.
Since we do not have it in MI we had to use the help of a travel agency 'China Visa Center'
Agency service fee was $29 per person.
Consulate fee for issuing a visa was $50 per person. However, it`s cheaper for Green Card holders - I payed only $30 for my visa. Finally, some advantage being Belarussian. :-)
You also pay FedEx fee of $14 for getting your passports back from the agency.
Total for 2 people: $152.
You better do some shots before going to China.
- Hepatatus A. $91 per shot (2 shots, 2nd is 6 months later). Recommended to all China travelers cause it`s easily spread through food/drinks/human touch;
- Typhoid. $68 (good for 2 years). Recommended to adventurious travelers who go to rural areas, try exotic foods.
And don`t forget to budget in a 30 min consultation at the hospital - $40.
Total for 1 person: $209.
- Toilet paper (cause public bathrooms in towns don`t have it), - ''Purell'' or any other hand sanitazer, - Meds for... more travel advice
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