We *think* we had article 5 pickup today in Guangzhou today!
We got an email in the middle of the night from the consulate (amazing services!) indicating it was ready. Our agency said their contact usually picks it up when it was ready and since it was scheduled for 12/6, she assumes it happened. We are going with a 'yes' with that feedback. :-)
So we now start our official wait for Travel Approval! Our hope is to get it by 12/22 (our agency is closed the 23 and the 26th so the 22nd is the last chance before Christmas).
On travel dates -- my good friend Torye opened my eyes this weekend and we are know thinking that we may try to stay in China during the Chinese New Year (as opposed to avoiding it ).
We have heard that if you are there during the new year it is truly a once in a lifetime trip. The consulate is open the Thursday of the new year week so if we can get the rest of the items (medical review specifically) done before the CNY, it just may work!!
Anyone been to China during the NY? Or know anyone who has?