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#1 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:11 AM

珠江 = Zhujiang = Pearl River

 

Doug's pictures and write-up are here - Preliminarily Approved, CCP Overcome, CITIC, CGI Stanley, UID number

 

The cab drivers were ALL over reminding my wife to buckle her seat belt while riding in the front - there is a ¥200 fine in effect.

 

Even so, the subway will take you just about anywhere you want to go - more on that in another topic.

 

We took a dry run on Sunday afternoon before my appointment on Monday for a passport renewal - to make sure we could get there, and to also take a walk around the Flower City Square (WELL worth the trip in itself).

 

This is the view of the consulate from the B1 exit of the Zhujiang New Town subway station - either Line 3 or Line 5 will get you there.

 

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A view to the west down Huali Ave., on the North side of the compound. There are several restaurants and coffee shops - and the Yang's hotel - within a couple of blocks this way. A couple of the restaurants have already closed, but others are apparently doing well.

 

The kiosk on the right will keep your "valuables" for you if you forget to leave your cell phone, camera, etc., back at the hotel.

 

The smallish building in front is for security checks only - the larger building behind it is the "Great Hall", where all the processing takes place.

 

These are the only two buildings really visible from the street - the others are behind a fairly massive wall.

 

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#2 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:17 AM

There are two different sections of the security building - the right side is for visas. The left side is for American Citizen Services and USCIS.

 

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This is the gate that people enter through - it was open on Sunday for the Consulate workers to attend a Christmas party. The little gate here allows you to line up to be processed by security, where you actually enter the Consulate compound. The compound is surrounded by a much larger fence, grated in the area of the Great Hall, solid iron around the rest of the compound.

The door on the left here (behind the green umbrella) is for the USCIS entrance. After you leave the security building, you proceed around to the right, and enter the Great Hall at the North entrance (closest to the subway exit) for either visa or American Citizen Services.

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#3 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:27 AM

This is the view to the south, and the Canton Tower from the southeast corner of the compound.

 

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I then turned around and took this picture looking into the compound at the Great Hall

 

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#4 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:29 AM

A little bit of security here for Official Visitors - entrance on the South Side.

 

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#5 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:31 AM

This is the wall on the south side around the rest of the compound

 

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A Seven-Eleven over there has some celebrating supplies, in case you forgot to stock up

 

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#6 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:34 AM

This is the view of the Consulate from the South - you can barely see the Great Hall over there on the right

 

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and this is the "Big Gate" in the southwest corner - maybe an employee entrance?

 

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#7 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:38 AM

This is the Starbucks across from the Elementary School and Consulate on Huali Road - a REAL Starbucks (the one at the old consulate was actually a Chammee Coffee), although there are several other coffee shops nearby.

 

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This is Gail's on the South side of Huali Rd., about a block away - okay to good quality, but expensive.

 

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#8 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:40 AM

This is the Tianhe Martyr East Elementary School on the same block as the Consulate in the northwest corner along Huali Rd.

 

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 . . . and the wall along Huali Rd. heading back toward the Great Hall from the elementary school

 

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#9 Randy W

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:45 AM

They had a Christmas party going for employees of the Consulate (this was on Sunday afternoon). I took this picture through a grated fence - they apparently aren't concerned at all about picture taking from outside the compound. I was always admonished to aim my camera AWAY from the old Consulate when I took pictures. They did notice me here, but no one said a thing.

 

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This was the scene Monday morning around 9 o'clock when we came for my appointment

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:49 AM

This is the Chois Coffee, across Huali Rd. from the Starbucks,  and caddy-corner to the Elementary School and Consulate. This was my favorite for a good snack-type menu at reasonable prices.

 

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People entering the Security building for Visa processing

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:51 AM

This little shack at the B1 subway exit will allow you to "check the valuables"

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:59 AM

Overall, I would rate the consulate as imposing but inviting, spacious, yet leaving you feeling cramped and restricted (and people-herded). The worker at the USCIS security entrance got a little carried away with roping off her area (she actually blocked the entrance all by herself). It left me unsure of where to go, since she was the only worker there, and was busy processing Chinese customers. Otherwise, the herding techniques used were impeccable.

 

The American Citizen Services area seems like it was tossed in as an after-thought, like you're maybe on Floor number 2 and a half, in a smallish area overlooking the rest of the Great Hall. It seems like there is some opportunity for inter-mingling, but you might have trouble getting your spouses attention if you need to.

 

All counters inside the Great Hall are on the right (the west) side of the building. There are separate areas for finger-printing and interviews.

 

Everyone I came in contact with was Chinese, until my application was approved, and the notice and my old passport given back to me - he was the only American I had contact with the whole time.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:29 PM

The ACS at the Embassy in Beijing was the same 2.5th floor afterthougth... very modern and impressive-looking, but at least Shanghai has some toys for kids to play with.



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:39 PM

The ACS at the Embassy in Beijing was the same 2.5th floor afterthougth... very modern and impressive-looking, but at least Shanghai has some toys for kids to play with.

 

 

Yes - they had a small play area inside the ACS office. I was there for almost an hour, and was tempted to join in the fun. There were less than a dozen visitors there the whole time.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 06:39 AM

 . . . and the Honey Beam's (next to Chois Coffee) is excellent Korean TexMex - http://www.cityweeke...nt-honey-beams/

 

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