where did the bureaucracy go?
22.04.2010 - 22.04.2010 21 °C
I decided a few months ago to stay in China for a third year.
Today I went to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Ministry of Labor offices to renew my alien worker's permit.
Last year we dropped off all of my documents (about 10 different documents are required, and must all be stamped by the appropriate authorities in the appropriate places with the appropriate signatures etc.) and went back X number of business days later to pick it up.
Today we sat there for 20 minutes, had a fun conversation with the clerk in Chinese and English, and got approved. We walked out with a renewed permit, stamp and all, in less than half an hour, without even needing to pay a fee or stand in a line. We were expecting a fee of several hundred yuan, but it was free.
The sudden absence of the infamous Chinese government bureaucracy was, at first, disturbing. But not to worry, I still need to go to three different government offices before I will legally be able to stay in China for a third year. I'm sure the bureaucracy still exists.