Happy December, everyone!
The beginning of December brings back lots of wonderful memories for our family.
My husband and I got married on November 29, 2014.
After our winter-themed wedding, we were off to China! Prior to this trip, I had traveled to China over ten times over my life, either with family, for pleasure, for study and for work.
This was Michael’s first trip there, and it was a very exciting time for the both of us. It was such a wonderful way to kick-start this chapter of our lives. It’s been four years since we both traveled across the world.
But, it’s December again and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.
Here was our 2014 itinerary:
- 12/2 – Beijing
- 12/5 – Xi’an
- 12/6 – Luoyang
- 12/7 – Zhengzhou
- 12/8 – Shanghai
- 12/11 – Depart for Hawaii for Honeymoon Part II
I planned everything, from start to finish. We didn’t plan on using any tour services. Although, we ended up booking one to the Great Wall when we got to Beijing.
Chinese Visa for U.S. Citizens
One of the things we needed to do before our trip to China was to obtain Chinese visas for our U.S. Passports. The laws have changed over the years, but when in doubt, refer to the following resources:
We ended up filling out the form online (via the Chinese Embassy’s website), and then bringing our documents to the embassy in New York, NY. We lined up and dropped off our forms. Then, we get to pick it up in the afternoon with our receipt. That’s what we did.
If you don’t have the time or energy, you can pay an agency to obtain your visa for you, or you can use a mail-in service.
This portion of the trip was definitely an adventure, from navigating and eating our way through the country. One area Michael didn’t want to compromise were our living accommodations. We selected 4 star+ hotels vs. lesser known hotels. It was a wonderful decision with money well spent.
Michael loved it all. It was a different perspective, and it was such a wonderful bonding experience for us both!
After the trip, I made a Shutterfly album which I have shared below! Enjoy:)