GETTING YOUR CHINESE VISA IN LOS ANGELES

DEAR FELLA/FELLOW TRAVELERS! IF YOU ARE DETAIL ORIENTED AND HAVE A LITTLE TIME, YOU CAN SAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF STRESS AND MONEY BY COMPLETING THE VISA APPLICATION ONLINE VIA TAUCK'S WEBSITE. THEN, INSTEAD OF SENDING YOUR PASSPORTS AND APPLICATIONS, COPIES OF SAME, COPIES OF DRIVER'S LICENSES AND PHOTOS BACK EAST TO VISA CENTRAL SO THEY CAN SIMPLY REVIEW THEM AND SEND THEM TO LOS ANGELES, JUST WALK THEM INTO THE CHINESE CONSULATE AT 500 SHATOO PLACE, 3RD FLOOR, IN LOS ANGELES. IT IS JUST A COUPLE OF BLOCKS NORTH OF THE WILSHIRE/VERMONT METRO STATION (RED AND PURPLE LINES). THE CONSULATE IS A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE DMV AND A GREAT ORIENTATION TO CHINA - JUST TAKE A NUMBER AND ENJOY THE LOCAL INTERACTION! YOU PAY WHEN YOU PICK THEM UP A FEW DAYS LATER --WITH A VISA, MC OR CASHIER'S CHECK ONLY --NO CASH AND NO AMERICAN EXPRESS. ALSO NOTE THAT THE ONLY CONFLICTING INFORMATION WE GOT THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THOUGH MINOR, WAS FROM VISA CENTRAL --THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THE CHINESE CONSULATE IS INDEED ACCEPTING PASSPORT-SIZED PHOTOS! MY CLIENTS WILL SEE YOU WITH THEIR PASSPORTS -- INCLUDING VISAS-- IN HAND!! WE ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THIS PROCESS!! IF YOU ARE ADVENTUROUS ENOUGH TO GO TO CHINA, WHY NOT VISIT THE LOCAL CONSULATE? --P. BLAIR, AGENT TO THE MALLORY'S, TRAVELING 01 JUNE, 2017.[/size]
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