I am curious about the problem you had. What exactly did you need to get done? So far I have not had any paperwork difficulties, and I am very glad of that. It is 0 degrees Celsius right now where I live, and that is not bad at all, at least to me. My wife does not mind it either. But I had to pay extra for heating in my apartment (about $320 for the winter)--I turned on the space heaters because of my wife. I think that many Chinese people do not keep their homes very warm at all. It seems to be normal to wear a coat in the house. So it looks like there are four of us from this website who are in China now. Myself, Portnoy58, and InternationalTeacher are basically in the same part of China--in or relatively near Shanghai. For me it is a 4.5 hour trip by bus and train. And you are way up north--what a change from Thailand that must be. I want to come up north sometime. I want to see Yanji. It is very close to the border of North Korea. Yanji looks like a very attractive and interesting city. A lot of Korean people there, and so they have to have Korean food. I am fascinated by this place and I hope to go up there this summer! (The interesting thing about Yanji is that it is about 40% people from North Korea, it is prosperous, and, amazingly, the air is clean. A Chinese city with clean air--that is a first for me.) The natural beauty of that area is amazing to behold. This part of China is really interesting for people like me who enjoy military history. The Japanese rampage through this part of China is an amazing story. Also, it is a little-known fact that the US stationed troops in and around Vladivostok at the end of World War I. They came from the Philippines. What a monkey show that must have been. "The American Expeditionary Force Siberia (AEF Siberia) was a United States Army force that was involved in the Russian Civil War in Vladivostok, Russian Empire, during the end of World War I after the October Revolution, from 1918 to 1920. As a result of this expedition, which failed but became known to the Bolsheviks, early relations between the United States and the Soviet Union would be low. The experience in Siberia for the soldiers was miserable. Problems with fuel, ammunition, supplies and food were widespread. Horses accustomed to temperate climates were unable to function in sub-zero Russia. Water-cooled machine guns froze and became useless. (Why am I not surprised?) The last American soldiers left Siberia on April 1, 1920. During their 19 months in Siberia, 189 soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force Siberia died from all causes. As a comparison, the smaller American North Russia Expeditionary Force experienced 235 deaths from all causes during their 9 months of fighting near Arkhangelsk."