Foo has never failed me yet, so here goes...
My sister and her family are living and working in China for a couple of years. They invited me for a visit this summer, in either june or july. The problem is that the Chinese government has put major restrictions on visa applications. My brother in law has a lot of business associates in the US who were supposed to travel to china for business meetings but had their visas rejected.
I'm going to apply anyway and see what happens. The problem is that the application says you are supposed to show your ticket when you apply? So who wants to pay $1000+ for a ticket not knowing if the visa will get rejected or not? An alternative would be to buy a refundable ticket but those cost a lot more.
I tried calling 4 different offices for the Chinese consulates today to ask about the whole ticket thing and was not able to get through to a live person on any of those lines.
Does anyone have experience with this? If I merely print out a proposed itinerary, how likely is it that my visa will be rejected just from that? On a related note, my sister provided me with a letter she wrote and signed (official invitation) and also gave me a copy of her passport along with copies of her kids' passports.