- Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:17 pm
I think you don't have to worry about that too much.
I haven't been to China, but I've generally made the experience that the outside perception of a country is usually way worse than the reality actually is. Tons of people live their lives there happily (as much as humans are capable to, at least).
And they won't be putting English citizens into jail forever due to some visa trouble, that'd cause much more trouble than anyone would want and simply doesn't stand for it.
Sure, you shouldn't be out on the streets dealing with drugs or robbing banks, but being there with the wrong visa - I'm pretty sure - is not such a big deal.
That said, I think it's great that you're trying to get it right legally - I think this is much better than relying on the fact that "nothing's gonna happen". A lot of people don't do it, as Robert mentioned, but I think it's also nice to try to be fair to the regulations of the country you are visiting as a guest. No matter how long you plan to stay : )
I guess there's a personal border when it is just too difficult in relation to what it brings, and you shouldn't despair on hitting it, but aiming high in doing things the right way is a nice trait I think : )
I wish you all the best, and I'm sure you'll manage to get it work!