(KTSF by Michelle Yue)
Thursday night, the Consulate General of China in San Francisco held a party to welcome the Chinese New Year for Chinese Americans in the Bay Area.
During the party, Consul General Gao Zhansheng sent his New Year greetings and promised that the Consulate General would strive to better serve the Chinese community in the Year of Dragon.
Zhansheng said, “ Next year, we will start to issue two-year multiple-entry Chinese visas. Chinese Americans travel to China quite often, and I am sure a lot of people will find this new visa policy very convenient.”
Zhansheng also said that the Consulate would hold a series of lectures on safety issues for Chinese nationals living or traveling in the Bay Area in cooperation with the San Francisco District office, the Red Cross and insurance experts.
In addition, the Consulate General in San Francisco launched its new website with an added interactive area to welcome the New Year. Zhansheng notes, “Now people can ask us questions online and we will answer them online. People used to complain that it is really hard to call in the consulate to ask a question. Hopefully, the new website will help improve the situation.”
The three Chinese American members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chiu, Carmen Chu and Eric Mar, attended the celebration party. They handed the General Consul a Certificate of Honor to praise his contribution to the local Chinese community.
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