Hello there, as some of the more regular posters here know, I am moving to China with my wife to work in an international school in a few months time. Now the school is encouraging us to come on the same date as all the other new teachers, but the pair of us would quite like to come earlier than that. I understand that you have a 30 day window upon arrival to apply for a residence visa and to some extent the whole process is a lot more painless if you arrive in the country and immediately get whisked around by your school. However me and the wife would quite like to arrive 2 weeks earlier so that we have some time to explore some of China and get our feet firmly on the ground. We don't mind having to pay for the hotels/inherent costs involved in this. I guess the question I have is if there is anything I'm missing here? Would arriving 2 weeks early carry with it the risk of jeopardising our application for a residence/work visa? I appreciate that the rules for work visa's are always changing with China, but perhaps some on here may have a clear idea of how realistic it is to arrive 2 weeks before the suggested date of your school. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!