We have left China. I know it’s three months early and before you say, “Oh…why? What happened?” or “I knew it. See you soon.” let me explain: when we came here in July we had a plan. Granted, it wasn’t a very good one, but it was a solid-ish plan nonetheless. I would use my work-sponsored visa to stay in China for the year and Pete would just keep renewing his tourist visa until we left. Up until January this worked out well, until we realized that in September all the visa rules changed and renewing his tourist visa, or even getting a new one, was no longer an option. With the recommendation of the exit-entry administration of Zhuhai we got on a ferry to try our luck with a Hong Kong visa run. Usually, if you arrive in Hong Kong in need of a Chinese Visa they can issue you a 30-day tourist visa without any issues. However, in Pete’s case, the embassy found that a six-month stay on a tourist visa seemed “questionable” and he was given two choices: 14 days in China or the boot. I know that the strict regulations were put in place to limit illegal foreigners but what about English teachers? Educators? Those that wore Santa suits to class during the holidays and saved children from a lifetime of misfortune associated with naming themselves Hamburger or Wiwi?