Great... Thank you for your help...
So... I'm hoping this is the same as many other countries that are 'friendly' with each other....
For example, can I just take a flight from Songshan/TouYuan directly to China (WITHOUT ANY VISA) and upon landing get a 30 day entry/visitors visa? (sometimes called an 'Arrival visa')
- Then get above extended while in China --- OR do a visa jump from Beijing to HK or Okinawa, then back to Beijing for another 30 or 60 days?
I know that with some countries (depending on 'relationships') a 60 day visa is usually granted on the basis of advanced application (rather than just arriving at any odd airport and asking for a short-term visitors visa)... So, for example, if I really need (and I do need) a 60 day visa on an initial basis (saves on doing a visa jump), should I go to HK first, go for an interview at the PRC embassy, and then wait two days in HK with the hope that they will give me the 60 days. Again, 60 days INITIALLY can avoid visa jumps.
I visited China in Jan 2005 for 6 weeks (applied from a PRC embassy in the Pacific), so have a record with their immigration as somebody who was 'good' and did not overstay (etc) ... I hear that this can make a difference when applying for visas (as in, how many days they will grant)... And my 2005 PRC visa was 60 days - first time in China! (but again, I applied for it in advance at a PRC overseas embassy - and in person)
Sorry to be a bit long-winded, but there are lots of possibilities on how the PRC can be processing foreign visa applicants that are residing in Taiwan.
A few things are certain,,, These things change all the time, and we all know TWs special relationship with PRC, adding further possible complication.