Hey, all The wife an I are planning a trip to China this October. (Though it's probably more accurate to say that I'm the one "planning" it.) I've never been to China and, despite reading the "official" instructions, reading the form, and my best Google-fu, I still have some questions about the visa application process. I had no illusions about this being super-easy, but I'd appreciate it if anyone with personal experience could help me out. The single-entry "L" visa is only valid for 3 months from the date of issue, so it would appear that you either have to book early and hope for approval or wait until you're approved and hope for flight/hotel availability. But wait ... The visa application needs either a letter from whomever is "inviting" us (this doesn't apply) or a photocopy of our round-trip airline ticket and hotel reservations. So, I need to have travel booked before I apply for a visa, ... but I have to have a visa approved before I can go, ... Thus, it would appear that the only option here is to book the travel, pray, and eat the change/cancellation fees if the visa isn't approved?