China opened up the first visa application service center in Lahore to facilitate applicants wishing to visit the China.
Yao Jing, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan inaugurated the visa center. Others who attended the ceremony included the Chinese Lahore Consul General Long Dingbin, Deputy Consul General Peng Zhengwu and officials from the government of Punjab.
Zhengwu called the visa center a landmark step. “Earlier residents of Lahore had to travel to Islamabad to apply for a visa”.he said, “This new place will provide enormous relief to businessmen and students. Lahore is an important city and the new hub of economic activity in Punjab.”
The visa center in Lahore will handle only visa applications to China, to the special administrative region of Hong Kong and Macao. However, the final approval will still be given by the Chinese embassy in Islamabad. The Lahore office will only collect the needful documents and application and forward the requests.
Approximately 4,000 applications are processed by China’s embassy in Islamabad every month.