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China recently has been tightening its requirements on visas. Please check with your local consulate http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/t84229.htm before planning to travel to China. All foreigners must have a visa to enter China and in most cases you will need to be invited to China even for a Type-L tourist visa. A Type-F business visa will require additional  correct documents.

1. PASSPORT —  Submit your current, valid, signed Passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages.

2. VISA APPLICATION —

Submit a completed China Visa Application form. It must be typed, handwritten forms are rejected, and must be the correct form which differs between consular region. Download the proper form from the consular website.

NOTES:

  • Your name on the application must match your name on your passport exactly, including middle name if applicable.
  • Any incorrect information (such as wrong passport info) on the application form may result in rejection by the embassy!

3.  SUPPLEMENTAL VISA APPLICATION

If you are not a US citizen, and/or you share a passport with another traveler, submit a Supplemental Visa Application.

4. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH

Submit a recent, 2×2 Passport Photograph taken by a passport photographer. It must not be a digital or non-passport style photograph.

5.  BIODATA Submit a photocopy of the bio data page from your passport. Also copy of your last visa if you have previously been in China and apply for a business visa.

6. PROOF OF RESIDENCY [NON-US CITIZENS]

If you are not a US citizen, submit your proof of your legal long-term US residency (i.e. US Permanent Resident Card or US visa). A photocopy is acceptable.

7. BUSINESS INVITATION

Submit one of the following:

  • An Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency; or
  • An invitation Letter issued by the Chinese local governments, companies, corporations and institutions other than above-mentioned Chinese agency, including the following items:
    • Personal information of the invitee: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, passport date of issue, passport date of expiry, etc.
    • Information concerning the invitee’s visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China.
    • Information of the inviter: name of the unit, phone number, address, seal and signature of the legal representative.
    • The inviting organization’s stamp.

Generally, the invitation letter may be submitted as a fax, copy or printout. If necessary, the consular officer will ask the applicant to submit the original invitation letter, or to provide some supporting and supplementary documents, or schedule an interview.

sample business visa invitation letter. — requires official stamp from inviting agency.

Chinese Company Letterhead + Physical Address
Consulate General of China
United States of America
We request the Embassy to provide a 12-month multiple entry business visa for the following individual:
Name: Mr. John Smith
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 06/06/1974
Nationality: USA
Passport Number: 123456789
Date of Issue: 2005/10/10
Date of Expiry: 2015/10/09
We are pleased to confirm that Mr. John Smith Director of Business Development for XYZ Corporation is
invited to visit China for company business meetings from August 21-28, 2012.
In view of rapidly expanding business in China, Mr. Smith will have frequent travels to China for business
purposes. We would be grateful if you may kindly grant Mr. Smith a multiple entry visa to China for
convenience.
We confirm and guarantees Mr. Smith’s expenses during his visits to China, including flights,
accommodation general travel and maintenance expenses. While in China, Mr. Smith will not receive
any financial remuneration from any Chinese source.
We appreciate your assistance in providing Mr. Smith a multiple entry China visa.
Yours sincerely,
SIGNATURE

Name
Title
Company

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8. BUSINESS COVER LETTER

Submit a Business Cover Letter from a US company on company letterhead and addressed to the Consulate of China. It must be signed by a manager. It must indicate :

  • the purpose of your trip
  • visa type
  • number of visa entries being applied for
  • duration of your stay
  • your job position and title
  • your company’s moral and financial responsibilities for you

9.  ADDITIONAL 

If you have previously held a Chinese nationality, and/or were born in China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan:

  • If you have obtained a Chinese visa before, submit a photocopy of the original passport’s information/photo page and the page containing the previous Chinese visa.
  • If you have not obtained a Chinese visa before, submit your original Chinese passport with a copy of its information/photo page, and extension page if applicable.

US citizens transiting China do not require a Chinese visa as long as they remain in the airport for less than 24 hours.

Persons who plan to re-enter China from Hong Kong or Macao must obtain visas allowing multiple entries.

Special permits are required to visit Tibet as well as many remote areas not normally open to foreigners.

10. FEES and processing. USD$ 140-160 2-4 business days and no same day service.

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Many travel agencies are able to help you with this process. Best wishes and safe travels.

Richard Trombly is a writer and film maker living in China since 2003.  He is the founder of http://www.obscure-productions.com

 

 

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13 Aug. 2012, Shanghai — Obscure Productions today wrapped a 4-day shoot of its short film production Analysis, a story of a 13-year-old math genius and her mentor trying to solve “the human equation.”

In the lead was newcomer Sofie Fella, a 12-year-old actress in her first starring role playing opposite seasoned talent of stage, screen and tv, Charles Mayer.

Lead Actress Sofie Fella, 12, speaks with director Richard Trombly on the set. Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  was shot on location in Shanghai China in August 2012.

Lead Actress Sofie Fella, 12, speaks with director Richard Trombly on the set. Fella brought a high level of professionalism, maturity and natural talent to the role of Tina, a young genius seeking solid answers in math rather than the ambiguity of human behavior. Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  was shot on location in Shanghai China.

Cinematographer Jeffrey Chu http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1338118/ on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Cinematographer Jeffrey Chu http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1338118/ on the set of Analysis. Chu has shot dozens of films in China, USA and other countries like Japan. He brought with himself a  team of talented and devoted professionals in the lighting and camera departments. Chu is a co-producer of Analysis. He was cinematographer on director Zheng Dasheng’s Falling City which was selected to the for the upcoming Monteal World Film Festival.

Producer and Assistant Director Jiang Wen ” Jude ” on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  We all had to take multiple roles since the crew was so small.

Producer and Assistant Director Jiang Wen ” Jude ” on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  We all had to take multiple roles since the crew was so small. Jiang was involved in this production from its inception and was deeply involved in script development and production design. She was also tireless in securing the funds to make this production possible.

“Tony” Wei Tao , Line Producer and Production Manager was an essential part of the success in shooting Analysis. We had great locations, top-notch equipment and crew and good meals. Tony kept people happy, motivated and working hard toward our goal of making a great short film. It was great to see the film come together and everyone working together so well.

“Tony” Wei Tao , Line Producer and Production Manager was an essential part of the success in shooting Analysis. We had great locations, top-notch equipment and crew and good meals. Tony kept people happy, motivated and working hard toward our goal of making a great short film. It was great to see the film come together and everyone working together so well. Wei’s dedication was essential to procure all the needed equipment for the best value since Analysis was shot on an incredibly limited budget.

Caffeinated Film making. Actress Emily Feist enjoys a cup of delicious Arabica Roasters http://www.arabicaroasters.com/en/mall/Index.php coffee. Arabica Roasters is the generous coffee sponsor of the short film Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  The kind folks at Arabica Roasters not only offered their sponsorship and a supply of their Fair Trade Coffee selections, they also shared their wisdom and enthusiasm about great coffee. Their support kept our crew and actors alert and ready to perform.

Caffeinated Film making. Actress Emily Feist enjoys a cup of delicious Arabica Roasters http://www.arabicaroasters.com coffee. Arabica Roasters is the generous coffee sponsor of the short film Analysis.   The kind folks at Arabica Roasters not only offered their sponsorship and a supply of their Fair Trade Coffee selections, they also shared their wisdom and enthusiasm about great coffee. Their support kept our crew and actors alert and ready to perform.

Charles Mayer (left) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1885544/ stars opposite Sofie Fella in Analysis as teacher and mentor Mr. Richardson. Mayer’s most recent feature film Shanghai Calling (aka America Town) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070597/ hit theaters in China this week. In Shanghai Calling, Mayer was supporting cast with Hollywood talents such as Bill Paxton. Analysis is the second collaboration between director Richard Trombly and Mayer.

Charles Mayer (left) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1885544/ stars opposite Sofie Fella in Analysis as teacher and mentor Mr. Richardson. Mayer’s most recent feature film Shanghai Calling (aka America Town) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070597/ hit theaters in China this week. In Shanghai Calling, Mayer was supporting cast with Hollywood talents such as Bill Paxton. Analysis is the second collaboration between director Richard Trombly and Mayer.

Fun on the set of Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
“Jude” Jiang Wen, producer (left) “Somebody drop a light on him, already.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Richard Trombly, director “Hey, I heard that.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Actually, we had a very cooperative and friendly crew and cast and the production was hard work and long hours for 4 days, but we all pulled together toward the goal of doing our best with the tight schedule and limited resources. I am so moved by the work everyone did and how well everyone pulled together.

Fun on the set of Analysis. Director Richard Trombly and Producer Jude Jiang  joke with each other to the delight of lead actress Sofie Fella.

We had a very cooperative and friendly crew and cast and the production was hard work and long hours for 4 days, but we all pulled together toward the goal of doing our best with the tight schedule and limited resources. I am so moved by the work everyone did and how well everyone pulled together.

Thank you to all those who supported our efforts ! Brilliant lead actor Charles Mayer (Shanghai Calling 2012, Ip Man 2 2010 , Goodbye Shanghai 2010) , INTRODUCING: lead actress , the charming Sofie Fella, supporting actor, Paul Collins (noted cast member of East West Theatre and other Shanghai drama troupes), Yun Zhang “Ann” (Danegrous Liasons 2012) Cinematographer and coproducer Jeffrey Chu (Falling City 2012, Fen Dou 2011, Happy Ending 2010, Rasperry Magic 2010) Producer WenJiang, executive producer Gloria Lemos, co-producers Ludwig Fella and Lu Yan-Fella (John Rabe 2009) , Exir Kamalabadi production assistant and behind the scenes cameraman (Ghosts of Old Shanghai, 2011, Looper 2012) Anna Zhao graphic design, Julian Henry, Actor, Tim Chu actor,  Joseph Kalouch actor,  Emily Wallace, actor, Eric Lee, Actor , Emily Feist, actor, Micheli Molinaro Hsiao Botte, actor, Kimiya Kalamabadi, actor Tom Wei, actor, Wendy Wu, Actor, crew:  “Cloud” Zhibin Wang , sound master Yang Hongbo, camera operator, Da Tou camera assistant, Zhang Weibin Gaffer, Tony Wei Tao, Production manager, Carrie Hu production assistant. Thank you K.Leslie Graves and Roberta Sherman, for production support, Pete O’Hanlon original theme music composition and performance , Doug Finn – Original sound track composition and performance

FAIR TRADE coffee sponsor : Arabica Roastershttp://www.arabicaroasters.com

Meal Sponsor: Windows Star Garage
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/bars/has/windows-garage/

Location sponsors :

Shanghai University, Cinema Department

Reya Group
http://www.reyagroup.com/

And Thank you to our sponsors from  www.indiegogo.com/analysis

And to the other great people that were a part of this production.

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We are deep into the preparations for Analysis, a short film about a 13 year old math genius whose greatest challenge is solving “the human equation”www.indiegogo.com/analysis We are in the last day of a crowd funding drive that has been incredibly successful. Online, we raised over USD $1,600 from 20 supporters, but almost 1,000 people have been engaged enough to visit the page and learn about the film. So indiegogo has been a great resource to get the word out.

 

Sofie Fella 12-year-old star of Analysis at a Chinese temple in Shanghai

What the site does not show is that we have also received some financial support locally this is not registered on the site as well as invaluable donations of in-kind support. This short film has a high production value since it is intended for the festival circuit. It’s projected costs were budgeted at over USD $30,000 but we have been able to reduce the costs on this not-for-profit production to about USD $10,000 and also add on a CGI visual effects studio to provide some effects work that , in itself. would have doubled the film’s budget.
So in all, we have more than 60 people that have stepped forward to help bring this project together.
I want to thank all of the people who have taken the time to learn about this project and I hope you all follow this project as we develop it .

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There is nothing quite like the openness of so many of the Chinese people I have met. People are always willing and eager to invite you into their homes and share their hearths no matter how meager and they will always assure that you have eaten the best they have to offer. This was a meal with a migrant worker who works as a maid and general assistant in a suite of professional offices in Shanghai for a startup firm, many of whom are foreign professionals. I had the joy to meet and get to know this lovely woman who is working in Shanghai to support her husband and child in their home village far from this metropolis. She saves every penny to send home – yet she spared no expense to make me the best meal she could including delicacies she brought from home saving for a special occasion.

Cooking in Jin Nong Tang- Directed by Richard Trombly

http://vimeo.com/42251241
Nong tang is the Chinese word for the narrow winding alleyways in the traditional neighborhoods of Shanghai. They are a style unique to Shanghai but are rapidly disappearing to make way for sky-scraping high rises. Jin Nong Tang is near the west bank of the Huangpu River upon which Shanghai and is not far outside of the city center so the area has become valuable and was slated to be demolished on 22 March 2012. So the invite to have dinner with Xiao Liu, a resident of Jin Nong Tang on March 21 was not to be refused…

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In any place, the arts community is limited – even in a place the size of China. So whenever you help out a fellow artist, it seems you are helping out alot of your own friends and in the end yourself. So let me help out my friends at TBC productions and the great actors involved in performing all the things the Butler did see — and surely a whole lots more that he didn’t !!!!! 😉

Please see the attached poster for our upcoming show – Joe Orton’s “What The Butler Saw”.

Please come down for a hilarious night of fun, farce and cross-dressing frolics.

Please RSVP to tbcshanghai@gmail.com – be quick as seats are limited!

Entry by Donation. (suggested 80-100 RMB)

See you there!

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Sunset over Guomao tower viewed from Sihui, Beijing

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The reviews are in. Charles Mayer has once again grabbed the attention of Shanghai’s theatre goers, this time with a gripping and engrossing performance in Oleanna.  Get your tickets early because this is sure to sell out.
Charles Mayer will also be starring in the lead role of the upcoming short film ANALYSIS by Director Richard Trombly www.indiegogo.com/analysis

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