Thanks good news about the visa still being valid, but looks like I need to start processing the new passport asap... I'm flying SH to Qingdao in around 3 weeks, do I need to send my old passport to HK in order to get the new one? Based on the web link it seems they cancel the old one electronically as soon as they receive the application.. if I keep hold of the old passport, will it still get me through the airport Shanghai to Qingdao if it has been electronically cancelled? Otherwise I'll have to do it in UK, but again only planning to stay 2 weeks in UK, I'd need to start the application now.... if I did that would the old passport still be valid to get me from SH to UK? Thanks again!