Subject: Re: China Visa
Hi Erik, Here's the website for the Chinese consulate in Chicago: All the info you need should be on there but I believe you'll have to personally visit the office (or send a proxy) to get your visa.

From what I understand from friends and colleagues - it's a relatively fast and simple procedure.

Re: Shanghai - the only thing off the top of my head that I would recommend is that you stay in Shanghai proper, not the Pudong side - Pudong is a brand, shiny new city of highrises (they totally obliterated the communities that were previously there) - IMHO it represents future Shanghai - the heart and soul of the city is the historic part.

Would be happy to answer any specific questions you might have.

Best regards, Judy in HK