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>> About Tianjin, China

   Tianjin, one of the four municipalities directly under the Central Government in China, is located in the northeast of the North China Plain and is the closest seaport to Beijing. The city is one of the biggest industrial and port cities in China and it is also known as "the diamond of the Bohai Gulf". Tianjin covers an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,200 square miles) and has a population in excess of 10 million people.

   Tianjin has a long and illustrious history, from an ordinary fishing village to the most important trade center in Northern China. Tianjin was considered to be one of China's most important military fortresses in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) due to its particular geographic location as access point to Beijing, the national capital. Its name "Tianjin" was graciously bestowed by the Emperor Zhudi in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Tianjin means "the place where the emperor crossed the river". In 1860, after the First Opium War, Tianjin was further expanded to become the second largest business and communications center in the country. By the end of the 19th century, it had grown into a bustling center for international commerce.

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>> About Nankai University 

   A key multidisciplinary university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University is also the alma mater of our beloved late Premier Zhou Enlai. It has long been given much attention by the central government. Chinese top leaders from Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai to President Jiang Zemin all were at Nankai University for inspection. Chairman Mao wrote the name for Nankai University while President Jiang Zemin inscribed the following remarks:"A glorious tradition to promote patriotism, dedication, creativity, love of the community, all to build a first-rate socialist university."

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>> About CFC

   The Center for Combinatorics (CFC) at Nankai University is one of the leading national academic institutions for mathematical research. The CFC takes as its main tasks: organizing high-leveled academic activities, doing world first-class original innovative research, and training young mathematics talents. Its goal is to establish a research center of first class in the world. The CFC is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and education of students in areas that contribute to or prosper from an environment of discrete mathematics and computer science in China.

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>> Visa requirements
   Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory. The Chinese visa authorities may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service or Ordinary Visa to a foreigner according to his identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type. The Ordinary Visa consists of eight sub-categories, which are respectively marked with Chinese phonetic letters F, L, X, C, J-1, J-2, G, and D.

 F Visa: Issued to an applicant who is invited to China for visit, research, lecture, business, scientific-technological and culture exchanges or short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months.
 L Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.
 Z Visa: Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.
 X Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of six months or above.
 C Visa: Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and family members accompanying them.
 J-1 Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
 J-2 Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview mission in China.
 G Visa: Issued to those who transit through China.
 D Visa: Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.

   The Chinese visa authorities overseas include Chinese embassies, consulates, visa offices, and the consular department of the office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. If a foreigner intends to enter into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory, he shall apply to the above-mentioned Chinese visa authorities for a Chinese visa. For further information, please consult the nearest Chinese visa authorities.

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>>How to apply for a Chinese visa
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