Mr Democracy

A written constitution for the UK (made in China)

  • Welcome to Mr Democracy, the story of a British artist who set off to get a written constitution for the UK made.
    Understanding the changing balance of power in the world, and with a nod to Britain’s ‘democratic’ ventures across the world, he chose to get it written in China, and ship it back to the UK.
    Read more under 'about' and in the many blog entries.

Posts Tagged ‘visa requirements’

Hong Kong

Posted by mrdemocracy on 24,07,2008

You can’t visit HK without reflecting on our relationship and history with this corner of the world, the stamps of colonialism are still fresh, the handover (UK term) or reunification (Chinese term) was in 1997. British passport holders get a 6 month visa stamp, no-one else does. What do Hong Kongers get in the UK I wonder? Hong Kong is now under Beijings eye, but enjoys a great deal of freedom, Beijing doesn’t want to damafe the cash cow. Having said this, I think its Chinese freedom – do and say whatever you want, just don’t criticise the government.

The agent the British Council had recommended did seem to be the best, a badly singposted scruffy 2nd floor office, (as opposed to the ubiquitous China Travel Services, the Chinese government run visa agency). I visited 3 times that day, each with a different amount of hair. The first as I left Germany, unkempt beard and scruffy long hair, the second time clean shaven, (hair tied back for the photo) and the third with the shaving extended to the top of my head, albeit only a number 4. I think I made their day.


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One World, One Dream?

Posted by mrdemocracy on 10,07,2008

The biggest set back before I left has been the visa issue. I’ve heard through friends of cases where people had been sent back at the airport on arrival because their passports were bent, because they had a beard, and people who had had their visa aplication rejected 6 consecutive times. So applying on a business visa as an artist with this project seemed risky. Originally I wanted to go for about 3 months, but now the maximum visa being offered, tourist or business, is 1 month. One World One Dream? With the prospect of just getting a one month visa, I need to try to plan more before I go. In the end, Jim Hollington at the British Council in Guangzhou said the best option was to go to Hong Kong, and get a multiple entry visa from there, this way I’ll have flexibility as I don’t have to proove when I’m leaving on entry, and can renew my visa by doing a border run back to Hong Kong.

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