Jet’s Hometown Trip

Well, boys and girls I decided to change my visa to a spouse visa and to do that we had to travel to Jets hometown of Yancheng in Jiangsu Province.   Now if you remember Jet is an orphan, so I have never had to deal with in-laws. However, I have video chatted with his uncles, cousins and paternal grandmother, kind of. They don’t speak normal Chinese only local dialect.  This was the first time I will see them face to face. 

Since it was a remote village the only way to get there is by bus. We figured it would be about 8 hours to get there. We got on the bus and luckily there were only 9 other people on the bus. Unfortunately, it meant they noticed me as the only foreigner on the bus. My husband was asked the normal nosey questions. Where is she from? What does she eat? Does she like China? How much to travel to America? And the dreaded Why did you marry a foreigner?

My husband was polite and answered all the questions. I stayed quiet until one rude guy said my husband was lying and I was from Africa. I then said to the asshole in Chinese “are you stupid there are Black people in America. You don’t know Obama or the NBA?” That shut him up and made the whole bus laugh. 

Nine hours later we arrived at the small town close to Jet’s village. There are no hotels in his village so we had to stay an hour away. We stayed in a four star hotel because foreigners are usually not allowed to stay in the cheaper ones. Our plan was to go the next morning to apply for my new visa. 

The next morning we went to the entry-exit office.  We were told we didn’t register and we needed to go to Jets village to register with the police station. 

It seems we needed to catch the short bus on the side of the highway and take it to the village. This bus was packed. But I did find one empty seat. Hour later we got off and had to walk 30 minutes to the police station. When we finally arrived they said we didn’t need to register there the hotel would register for us. So, we had to walk back to the spot to catch the short bus back. 

While we were there Jet suggested we visit his grandmother. So we walked for an hour down the highway too meet his Grandmother.

She was very excited to see me. She wouldn’t let go of my hand. She spoke a lot, however I didn’t have a clue what she was saying. 

You can notice the smog in the photo, that didn’t help. Finally, the short bus arrived. This time there was no place to sit.  We had to stand for an hour to get back to the small town. 

We returned to the office and explained what the police said. Then they checked with the hotel. It seems the hotel neglected to report me to the police. So they got in trouble,  5000 rmb fine for not reporting. That also meant we were delayed another day because we had to wait 24 hours after the submission.  

Due to this mistake my husband demanded that we get a free night. Finally, the next day we were able to get the visa application submitted. The next morning we got on the bus to head back home. This time it was crowded but they still recognized me; calling me American Flower.  

We started back thinking it would be about 9 hours but it ended up being 12 hours. I felt like it was never going to end. When we got home I was exhausted. But that is how china is, you think it should run smoothly and it never does.  

Until next time…


17 thoughts on “Jet’s Hometown Trip

  1. Oh Jo!! I sure DON’T miss the bus rides! Even with that, I envy you traveling and seeing the countryside. I feel like I returned home and am just “stuck”. I suppose I could just live vicariously through you. It’s good to read your blog again. I got so busy having babies, I neglected coming on here as often as I used to. Congratulations on tying the knot with Jet!!!

    1. Due to the visa laws. Foreigners have to report in when ever they stay in a hotel. The government keeps tracks of all foreigners. How do people live in smog? They have no choice. Where else can they live??

  2. clewis

    Ohh you poor thing…. (smile) Think of it this way, your spirit is enlightened by your experience and your soul is lifted by the time with your new family!

  3. taylor

    I love your blog. Some bloggers in a quest to make money, you cant believe them. Either they are too harsh or too rose colored. With your blog it feels like im on the telephone wth a friend.

  4. Anonymous

    How exhausting! But it sounds worth it. Is the small town/village modernized? Also, I thought the smog was only in big cities like Beijing and Hong Kong. How common is it to find slog in towns? Do they have factories or is the smog from the cities traveling to the towns? Are you worried about your health and do you wear a mask?

    1. Not modernized still had outhouses and community bathhouses. Smog doesn’t stay in big cities. It’s in every city just some places not as bad as others. The air is everywhere. Factories are everywhere and there are so many people the cars also give off pollution. I only stayed three days and you worry about your health everywhere in china. I didn’t wear a mask because I didn’t know it would be so bad.

  5. Janet Williams

    Well, you most certainly had an adventure there. Glad that you and Jet were able to see Gran and all is well with her.

  6. Ann

    WOW, you wore me out and I was just reading your story. At least you achieved your objective and met his grandmother; how lovely that meeting must have been. I hope this accomplishment will help you two further your goals in 2017.

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