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I’m an American who was in China a little under 5 years ago.

I overstayed the maximum, something like 2-3 months, due to a broken ankle.

I was on a 1-year multi-entry tourist visa, meaning i was supposed to leave every month.

I was told i had to pay the maximum fine, which seems to be 5,000rmb.

I asked the US embassy in Shanghai to help me, & they somehow talked China into letting me leave without paying the fine, which is something i haven’t heard of in others’ stories.

Anyway, awhile later i went to the Chinese embassy (consul?) in Tokyo & applied for a new visa.

I didn’t expect to get one, just hoped to find out if i could ever return to China.

They said i couldn’t get back in China, but didn’t know how long or why or if i could pay the fine, etc.

Can anyone tell me how i can find out if i can pay a fine & return or not?

Who do i contact to get answers?