"No Problem!" I thought, why don't you just get yourself a nice, easy, tourist visa?
"I can't, I don't know how!"
"No no worries" I said, "How hard could it be".
|Map of the World Detailing how easy it is to get a UK visa. Blue shows the EU and friends, Green no visa required, red easy visa, brown super hard visa. Notice how a North Korean can get to the UK easier than a South African.|
I googled "How to apply for a UK tourist visa" and managed to find the UK government website. So far so good! I scrolled through the options, visitor, general visitor, select a country, China.
"Where do I go now?"
"Urm,.......2 hours later..........oooooh, there we go finally"
"Why do they call it visa4uk, it sounds like a dodgy agency or a banned radical islamist group run by Anjem Chowdray." I thought to myself.
I filled out the endless forms, form after form after form after form. Most of which was formed of truly inappropriate questions....4
What is your fathers sexuality?
How much money does your 2nd Cousin Chou Jin Jin earn every month?
Are you an active member of a terrorist organization? Hmm, yes!
After 2 days of toil, finally I was finished! Congratulations! You are now able to book your appointment to go to our visa centre in Beijing! Aaaaaghghgh, that's a 10 hour train ride away! Why do you torture tourists trying to visit the UK?!?!?!?
|The Evil Metropolis of Beijing, Chinese Tourists visiting the UK Must travel herd to get their Tourist Visa|
So now I spend my time, collecting supporting documents, bank statements, parents bank statements, letters, Hukou, endless itineraries all to please my countries stupid visa system.
Dosen't anyone in the UK realize that rich Chinese people might want to come to the UK to spend thier hard earned money. No? OK then.
The UK visa system is a joke and if we don't fix it, the world will begin to realize that the UK is a joke of a country and go to France instead? Is that really what you want?
PS: The UK is not really a joke of a country, we just have a leadership system which inherently appoints professional politicians who in nearly all cases are the last people who ought to run a country. Didn’t Plato once say that those who crave power the most should be kept furthest from it?