The Life Styles in China
There are 4 climate types in China mainland, with different scenery in every season, temperate continental climate and subtropical monsoon climate covers most region that foreign students live with. In these region, summer is hot, accompany with rain season sometimes; winter is cold and dry, seldom with rain season. When make arrival preparation, it would be better for you to check the climate of destination, bring enough and suitable clothes including heavy coats, T-shirts/Shirts, topcoat and umbrella.
Chinese foods are famous for various types and long history, which can catch a glimpse of world-renowned documentary 《A Bite of China》. Like most Asian countries, China has rice and wheat as the staple food, supplemented by vegetables, fruits, Tuber Crops, poultry meat, making excellent flavor and taste of food. You will be loving it!
Ma po tofu: It is spicy, numbing, hot, aromatic and tender. With the yummiest Mapo Tofu you could enjoy several more bowls of steamed rice.
Hotpot: It consists of a simmering metal pot with broth at the center of a table, and all raw ingredients placed beside the metal pot, so people can add and cook whatever they like in the broth.
Kung Pao Chichen: This highly addictive stir-fried chicken continues to be one of the most popular Chinese dishes in world as the succulent, complex sauce of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors is hard to forget.
Dumpling: It is very traditional on New Year’s Eve (Spring Festival) for the whole family to get together and make Jiaozi .The Jiaozi is seen as a lucky food; reason being is because of the shape they are made to.
Moreover, for a overseas student, the most interesting thing they will learn in China could be is how to use chopsticks.
In most China cities, airplane\train\metro\bus\ship are main public transportation tools; while sharing bicycle\taxi\Electric Vehicle is supplemented as personal transportation tools. The various transportation tools could facilitate your life in utmost. Sharing bicycle is pretty popular among students, which enable you and your friends organize city tour at any time.
4. Popular Apps
Here are some popular Apps, it could make your life easier in China
WeChat: also known as “weixin” by most Chinese, it provides instant messaging, digital stickers, payment services and more! Wechat has surpassed 700 million monthly active users in China. After student arrived at school, teacher will release notices about school routine by Wechat group.
DiDi: also known as “Uber of the East”, which is a mobile transportation platform, offering a full range of commuting options to 400 cities in China. You could use it take taxi, rent a car, etc.
Mobike: Sharing bicycle is very popular among China, such as Mobike and OFO, they’re well equipped and could ride at anywhere; Only need to scan the QR code and pay deposit of the bicycle, deposit usually range from 200 to 300 RMB, then you could taking bicycle with very cheap rent price, which calculate by hour.
Alipay: Zhifubao in Chinese, is a third-party mobile and online payment platform, you could use it transfer money or buying goods online/offline, order a meal at home, charge telephone fee, etc. Alipay take cares of every aspect in one’s life.
How to Apply for a Student Visa to China
X-2 visa is applicable to foreigners who come to China for a short-term study period (less than or equal to 180 days).
Every foreigner must have valid passport and visa/residence permit to stay in China. Staying with expired or fake passport, visa/residence permit will be treated as illegal behavior. It will lead to a warning, fine, arrest or repatriation. Therefore, please pay enough attention to the status of your passport and visa/residence permit and make sure not to leave them expired.
The Division of Entrance and Exit of the Public Security Bureau (Police) is the authority of foreign affairs of foreigners, which plays the similar role as the Immigration in some other countries. Foreigners who live in China should also register the address at the local police station. In 24 hours after moving into a new place, the foreigners should take the passport to the local police station or other authorized organization with his/her landlord to get an issued form/ certificate. In some hotels and apartments, it can be processed directly at the reception. Please keep the accommodation registration form/certificate with the passport carefully and bring them together when going out.
The validity time of the Residence Permit is indicated on it in terms of date of expiration. A student holding a residence permit has multiple entries before it expires and does not have to apply for another visa to re-enter China.
How to apply
1. You shall come to the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction where you reside to submit the application.
2. If you cannot come personally, you may seek for someone else or a travel/visa agent to come to the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction where you reside for application process.
3. Mail applications are not acceptable and will be returned.
4. No appointment is required.
1. The regular processing time is 4 working days.
2. Express service: 2-3 working days processing.
3. Same day rush service
Documents to be included with application
1. Your valid actual passport. The passport must have at least six (6) months validity left before expiration and at least one blank page left in it.
2. One completed Visa Application Form (Q1) with one additional passport photo (black, white or color is acceptable).
3. An approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by the authorized Chinese Government, and an Admission Notice from China Universities.
4. For the applicants who will study in China for more than one year shall also provide a Foreigner Physical Examination Form.
5. An applicants who are born in China is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa.
6. If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or the refusal of the requested visa.
1. Visa is valid for one entry, three months. The holder of a (X) visa shall go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.
2. Any person suffering from mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China.
3. The Consular Officers have the authority to refuse any visa applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations, or revoke issued visas.