The thing that is dreadful for me when traveling back to China is the entry card. Being born in China and raised there until 5 or 6 years old, one would expect me to at least know how to write my name. But I don’t. English has taken over my ability to write any Chinese characters.
Simple form. Foreign travelers, please fill out in English.
The problem is, I’m not technically a foreigner. I am legally a citizen of China, and in June, I still will be. The back of this form is the same printout, but in Chinese. And they expect me to fill it out in Chinese characters. I recall last time when the officer told us to go back and fill it in.
This isn’t a problem when I’m traveling with my parents. But it seems I might be flying solo for once. Great experience to fly unaccompanied, but not this part. Chinese entry card, you depress me. I have no idea what would happen if I just filled out the English part. They could force me back to the fill-in counter, but I wouldn’t know what to write. Do they deny me the privilege of entering my country? Will I be stuck in the little check-in area forever?
The story will conclude when I’m either past the counter or stuck in the airport.
Believe me. This is only one of many little slips of papers to fill.