September 8th, 2007

Shanghaied

30 days ended. It was more fun studying Korean this time than I remember it being last time.

I got tickets on China Eastern Airlines from Seoul to Hong Kong. I made sure to double-check the departure time and date. I noticed that I had to change flights in Singapore. I even went so far as to check what the visa rules were for Singapore. Unfortunately, that was a blind spot. I went to the airport, found my flight, checked-in, and got most of the way there before I realized that I had confused Singapore with Shanghai. What are the visa rules for transiting the Shanghai airport? I didn't know, but I knew that it was part of mainland China. What's the right thing to do in this situation, I definitely couldn't persuade the plane to turn around and let me check the visa requirements. When in doubt, I discourage showing weakness. So, I charged right through planning on bluffing my way until I got arrested and sent to a Chinese prison (Do they offer free language instructions for prisoners?). Apparently, you don't need a visa to transit shanghai, but I do have a Chinese stamp in my passport. Later, I'll check to see if I was supposed to need a visa to do that.