I'm Killian and with a friend Thierry, we began, 2 years ago now, a world tour on foot. Today, after 8000 kilometers walked, we are in Kazakhstan and, slowly, we are getting closer from China. For more details about our journey, you can check our website www.toutenmarchant.com.
As we are walking we need 1 year to cross China from the Kazakhstan border to the Laos border. So one year mean a long-term visa. We already began to collect some informations and the best solutions, for us, to stay long time in China seems to get a student visa (X), because as far as i know it's the only visa which don't requite to leave the country every 90 days except may be the work permit visas (Z) which impossible to get for us.
So we need to find a school which could help us to get a student visa but the delicate point is that our budget for this expedition is limited and we can't afford to pay the 5000 or 6000 RMB for one year tuition and moreover will not be able to show up to those lessons. As I said we don't have a very big budget, but as we are traveling for a long time, we caught the attention of some journalists in different countries. A french radio follows us periodically and some TV channels already came to film us for few days, and it will probably happen again.
Though, we can offer to this school a kind of free advertisement. We can put a link on our website and talk about them on some medias in exchange of the time they will loose in the administration process to send us all the documents needed for the obtention of this student Visa.
So if you have any contact in mandarin school or just know any school who could be insterested and motivate to help us. please just let us know.
We should reach the Chinese border around february 2011, so we have to find a solution before this date.
So, that's it, If you think you can help us in any way, with contacts or ideas we didn't have feel free to contact us. As we are currently walking in the steppes of Kazakhstan our reply could be delay
Thanks a lot to all of you !
Thierry & Killian