So after 4 years on F visas i am applying for the famous Chinese Z visa. My company is taking care of all the formalities and it should be much nicer than having to run to HK or flying back home to get my visa all the time.
However, it appears that the Chinese government requires me to show a tenancy (or rental) contract, probably as proof of address or something. It will be a bit tricky to get an official rental contact since my landlord is living in the States and is probably not interested to get an official rental contract where he would have to pay taxes to the Chinese government.
My question is, do i really need an officially stamped rental contract or can i just make up an contract with a friend who owns an apartment or are there any other tricks (checking into an hotel for a night, saying i am in HK right now etc). My guess is that quite a few people here already got their z-visa and not everybody can have an official rental contract in his name.