From May 1st to October 31st, 2010, China is hosting the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, taking part in a tradition that goes all the way back to 1851, when the first World’s Fair was held in London, England. This year’s World Expo is expected to be the biggest yet, as organizers prepare to welcome approximately 70 million visitors.
This year’s theme is “Better City, Better Life” and representatives from at least 231 countries and international organizations will show off innovative urban design and planning techniques, as well as environmentally-friendly technologies.
About 5 percent of the visitors to the Expo are expected to come from outside China. According to AllHeadlineNews.com, China has instructed embassies and consulates to use an “easy process” for approving Chinese visas for foreign visitors while the expo is going on.
You do still need to apply for your visa in advance, however. If you try to enter China without a visa, the airline probably won’t let you on the plane. Even if they do let you on the plane, China will send you right back to the US at your own expense. There is no way to apply for a visa upon arrival.
Chinese tourists need a tourism visa, also referred to as a “L” visa. Here are the documents you need to get a Chinese L visa:
- A completed Chinese visa application
- Your US passport
- One passport photo
If your plane leaves in the seven days, you should also include a copy of your travel itinerary to expedite your visa.
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