You'll need to renew in your own country unless you carry a US passport. I checked the other day and no more multi entries for UK passports in HK unless you carry a HK ID card.
So all this bullshit about restrictions being lifted AFTER the Olympics was sheer folly.
Good luck to you all
You are aware that the US's policy on issuing visas is what China's is now? It is really quite hard (in many cases impossible) to get a US Visa in a country other than one where you are a citizen or resident. And even then the process is far more effort than that involved in getting a China visa.
Why should China make it easier?
It is an export-oriented economy after all.
The current way of obtaining a business visa for a factory visit or China fair has become very time consuming. If a colleague of mine in Belgium wants to visit a fair with these new policies, he/she will lose a lot of time filling in all the paperwork + pre-book the whole trip and -most annoyingly - then has to travel to Brussels to go personally to the China Embassy. If you have to do this every 2-3 months, the waste of time and resources is ridiculous. I have been told that he/she has to go twice for every single application, with no chance (as i have been told) for multiple entries.
That's just silly. Taiwan, Macau and HK fairs and factories are 1000 times more easy to go to.
I've missed a few posts on this thread but according to recent experience in bangkok, one still doesn't need to be resident in thailand nor to go to the embassy personnally to get a chinese visa. A single entry at least, I got a 6months multiple but am a resident there, heard of non residents that got single entry but no idea what they applied for
That they issued multiples in the US during the Olympics was a bit surprising to me, but it fits to that scheme, because it would be more expensive to fly home frequently than to pay tax in China, at least for the non qualified English teachers, one of the main targets I believe.