Chinese visa extension is always a gamble. Information in the web are confused and mostly outdated. This is how we easily extended our visa in Shangri-La, bearing in mind that we hold an italian passport.
First step to proceed with the visa extension request is to collect your registration certificate. How to do that? Easy!
Make sure that the guest house / hotel has registered your passport into the Police system. Go to the police office with just your passport and ask to collect the registration certificate. If the guesthouse/hotel has done everything correctly, the police leaves you a paper slip with the registration certificate.
Police Office is just outside Shangri-La pedestrian area on Changzheng Avenue.
Once you have the registration certificate head to the PSB Office. The Office is located out of the old Shangri-La area, right at the south end of Huancheng S Rd. If you come out of Shangri-La Gate (the one in the picture), just keep walking straight until you reach the big road, Huancheng S Rd, here you can catch the bus number 2 south direction and get off as soon as you see the roundabout with the big white stupa in the middle, alternatively you can ask the driver for the PSB Office.
DOCUMENTS TO BRING
1) Registration Certificate
2) One recent picture
4) Application for Visa Extension form (they’ll give you this at the office)
5) 60 CYN
Day 1: Arrive at the PSB Office with all materials before closing time (4 pm), fill in the form and give it to the staff. PSB Staff speaks a decent english and are very helpful, they will tell you to come back the day after at 3 pm to collect your passport with the new visa.
Day 2: Go at the office after 3 pm, pay cash the 60 CYN and collect your passport with your brand new chinese visa. The new visa should have a validity of 30 days starting from the date of your extension request.
Warnings: Always double check if there’s any particular chinese festivity on the go, as most governmental offices are closed during bank holidays (e.g. the Mid-autumn festival in September or the National Day in October).
Nothing has ever been so easy in China!