✅ Trip Verified
| After exiting from the plane to the arrival hall, everyone went into a bank of electronic machines to scan the passport. There is no sign telling people what to do. I just follow the crowd. I scanned my passport and placed my left 4 fingers on the glass plate. The machine kept on repeating “place your 4 fingers on the glass plate” and having countdown timing. After 2 minutes I hailed down an officer stood by 5-feet away and asked for help. He said, “Never mind, the immigration officer will do the finger printing process for you. It’s the same.” I explained that I was on transit and asked where I should go next. He directed me to take the escalator going down to the immigration “Dee Err Tai”. After I descended the escalator, I saw in front of me long lines of people facing windows #30, #32, #34, …#46, #48 a hundred meter to the left and right. There was an information booth in front of the escalator. I spoke in fluent Mandarin that I was on transit immediately and asked location of window #2. He pointed to the line directly in front which is window #34 and instructed me, “GO THERE!”. I waited in line in the “foreigner” section and after 20 minutes the immigration officer asked me for the visa form. That was the line applying for China entry Visa. So, the guy in the information booth just not bother to listen carefully and shoo me away. I was told to walk to the end of the building where there is window #2. There was no sign that I had to fill out a form for a temporary 24 hour transit visa but I saw a table with all the forms and fill it out anyway. There was a young woman with her 6 years old child in front of me. The officer gave her hard time asking for more document. Eventually, the woman was allowed to proceed for transit. After the facial recognition photo taking and finger print, I found a small sticker of 24 hour transit visa stamp affixed to my passport page. I had also to fill out a bottom stub to give to the immigration when exiting China. It is strange that there is no matching number with the top part of the card so that later immigration can match up and speedup processing in recognizing that this person has entered and exited the country. I waited 10 minutes to pick up my luggage from the carousel. There was at least a hundred other passengers placing their luggage into the X-ray machine and walked pass the green “Nothing to Declare” custom lane. This take times and eventually I was officially exit the airport. It’s a long 10 hours layover and only a bank of chairs in front of all the checkin counter. This section is fully seated with all the Chinese. People was cursing and yelling loudly into their phone regardless of the person sat next to him. His voice literally can be heard a block away. People are coughing /sneezing without covering their mouth or nose (I guess that’s how I caught the common cold suffering sickness 4 days later). I waited 7 hours and check in my luggage, got a new ticket (they don’t take the ticket issued from the airline flying to final destination). I gone thru security and immigration, onward to the gate. The ticket agent scanned the ticket and checked the passport, just ten feet away was another officer rechecking my passport then enter the plane. Stay away from China Transit. Save yourself aggravation.