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Overstayed China Visa can I ever return to China?

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I'm an American who was in China a little under 5 years ago.
I overstayed the maximum, something like 2-3 months, due to a broken ankle.
I was on a 1-year multi-entry tourist visa, meaning i was supposed to leave every month.
I was told i had to pay the maximum fine, which seems to be 5,000rmb.

I asked the US embassy in Shanghai to help me, & they somehow talked China into letting me leave without paying the fine, which is something i haven't heard of in others' stories.

Anyway, awhile later i went to the Chinese embassy (consul?) in Tokyo & applied for a new visa.
I didn't expect to get one, just hoped to find out if i could ever return to China.
They said i couldn't get back in China, but didn't know how long or why or if i could pay the fine, etc.

Can anyone tell me how i can find out if i can pay a fine & return or not? 
Who do i contact to get answers?

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You are not the brightest light bulb in the shelf, isn't it? Renewing the visa is no problem. You should have gotten a medical report stating that you are unable to travel and a good local agent (and maybe some RMBs for the agents efforts). That would have done the trick.

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I was really nervous a few years back during the Olympics visa crunch. I got my 10-day GTFO visa and I thought that was it. But I went home and did things (semi) properly and got a Z from the embassy in DC. But then I thought, just wait until you try to get through Immigration! No prob. Ah, but just wait until you try to get your RP! Again, no problem. 

No one said boo until two or three visas later, when I went to Pudong to get an L extended. Sniveling b!tch flipped around my passport looking for evidence of atrocities. A-ha! She about had a fit over this two-year-old exit visa. I tried to explain that I had been tricked by some shady visa company that I'd been referred to by my employer. Ah, but how to account for hundreds of years of humiliation? She went to get a supervisor. I smiled. Real good and honest. He said never mind. 

Anyway, give a rule-crazy pig farmer a badge, and she can make things difficult. Even if you'd thought you were in the clear.

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Hi. After living in China for 4 years I got a similar problem, I overstayed my Visa and they asked me to leave the country.
Many people told me don't even try to go to Hong Kong to get the Z visa becouse they would deny it to me, but finally didn't found any problem getting done the Z Visa in HK and after the resident permit in China.

I would advice you to contact with one or more agencies first of all explaining them your situation.

Cheer up!

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