But what I just discovered, to my shock and awe, is that the PSB actually have our pictures in digital files on their network. The other day, one of my housemates finally decided to transfer his registration from his old apartment to our place, and when he presented the rental lease to the policeman behind the desk, the policeman asked who his housemates were, and swiveled his monitor around to show him our files, complete with headshots.
I had heard that the PSB had networked their system a couple years back, but I had no idea that they scanned in our visa application photos! I had assumed Chinese visa applications just got filed away to grow dust in some central storage, only to be retreived in extremely grave cases of political disobedience. I am at once impressed and creeped out. Anyhow, just something to consider when formulating white lies for upcoming visits to the PSB.