How many foreigners in Hohhot?
I get asked this question often, and generally I find most people are surprised by my answer and think it’s too high. How I arrived at my answer of a few thousand is detailed over on the expat life page but recently I’ve had two encounters that confirmed by guesses.
We had to go to the main gong an ju/PSB for our new daughter’s visa. While we were there, there were literally HUNDREDS of passports stacked up on the desk waiting to be processed. Granted, we were there the same as Nei Da brought a group of students, but for one day it was a TALL stack of passports.
We also recently had to get our health screening for our soon-to-be-processed work visas and residence permits. We asked the nice lady at the blood drawing station how many foreigners they see a year and she answered “hao ji qian” or several thousand. And the only foreigners who do the health screenings are those with residence permits so her answer of “several thousand” doesn’t include anyone that here on any kind of short term visa (tourist, business, etc).
Both of these situations confirmed how me that my guess is reasonable.
What do you think? Is my guess of several thousand too high, too low, or accurate?