Days 636 and 637 – CHINA: Visa dejavu all over again…


I need a Lease Contract in order to get a temporary residence permit in order to apply for a visa extension. If I was staying at a hotel here in Shanghai, you get a temporary residence permit automatically. Not so if you’re staying with a friend.
So…I gave up. No visa extension in Shanghai. I’ll worry about that later.

I spent the good part of six hours today riding the subway, riding in taxis, walking, riding the subway the other way, walking some more in order to ascertain that fact.

The good news is that in smaller towns it is much more straight forward to apply for a visa extension. So I’ll do it once I get on the road in the northwest.

Marija is still away on a work trip to a rural area in southern China, so I am fending for myself here in Shanghai. I have the key to her apartment, so I can come and go as I please. Meals so far have been at local eateries and have included fresh hand stretched ramen noodles, steamed wontons, rice porrige, and rice noodles in a soup that had chopped livers in it. From what creature the livers came from, I do not know. I’m not sure I want to know.

Corner food shop in Shanghai, China

The roads in Shanghai, by the way, are smooth. Great place for skating around.


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