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Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Visa to China is required for Philippine passport holders

Surprised?

This is an update of a post I wrote in 2011 – Chinese visa for Philippine passport holders. I’ve been to China a few times before but since I was doing a Visa Application Series in 2011 in preparation for my RTW, I thought I’d document this too.

I’m going back to China again, this time to Fujian, my parents’ province. We’re going to Xiamen, the capital city of Fujian, where my father went to school.

Anyway, prices have changed since then and some SAR are no longer applicable. So here is an update.

Who doesn’t need visas to enter China as tourist?

Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan holding ordinary passports may enter China without a visa provided that they come to China for tourism, family visit, business or transit, and intend to stay in China for no more than 15 days.

The citizens of the following countries do no require visas to enter China for stay less than 72 hours (in transit, for example)

Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, America, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the Uinted Arab Emirates, Qatar

 

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China, 2011

 

Special Administrative Region of China

  • Hong Kong, SAR - Philippine passport holders are allowed entry without visa for a stay of up 14 days.
  • Macau, SAR - Philippine passport holders are allowed to visit for 30 days without the need for visa

Philippine Passport Image

 

 

Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders Requirement:

  1. Applicant’s passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity left before expiration.
  2. completely filled application form affixed with 2- 2×2 colored photo. Photo must have white background, facing front, no hat. Photo must be glued to the application form (not stapled). Scanned photo will not be accepted.
  3. A copy of the round-trip plane ticket or flight booking.
  4. Hotel reservation / invitation letter with a copy of the inviter’s valid chinese residence visa and passport information page of inviter’s or Chinese national identity card.
  5. The emergency contact information page in the applicant’s passport should be filled out and photocopied
  6. Previously used China visa in old or new passport. (Only visa stickers will be accepted. Those with stamped visas must submit additional documents for first time China visa applicants.)

 

For first time applicants to China, the following additional documents are needed:

  1. original NBI clearance valid for travel abroad
  2. original bank certificate with receipt or original passbook, updated within the month that you are applying
  3. If a company will sponsor the trip, provide the company’s bank certificate, sponsorship letter from the company and the company’s business registration.
  4. If an individual will sponsor the trip, provide his bank certificate, sponsorship and invitation letter, copy of sponsor’s valid residence visa and passport information page or Chinese national ID.
  5. for employed persons, also provide an employment certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID and latest ITR
  6. for students, provide school ID
  7. for businessmen, provide business registration of company, TIN ID and latest ITR
  8. Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old.

 

How much is Chinese Visa and how long does it take?

Chinese Visa Fee
NATIONALE ENTRIES 4 DAYS 3 DAYS 2 DAYS
FILIPINO SINGLE 1400 2500 3100
DOUBLE 2100 3200 3800
6MO MULTIPLE 2800 3900 4500
1YR MULTIPLE 4200 5300 5900
US SINGLE 6500 7600 8300
DOUBLE 6500 7600 8300
OTHERS SINGLE 1700 2800 3400
DOUBLE 2550 3650 4250
6MO MULTIPLE 3400 4500 5100
1YR MULTIPLE 5100 6200 6800

 

Consular Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Address: The World Center, 330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:00 am

Website: http://ph.china-embassy.org/eng/

Visa & Passport section:
0063-2-8482386 (Fax)
0063-2-8482396 (Inquiry)
0063-2-8482395 (Inquiry)
For the other consular affairs:
0063-2-8482460 (Fax)
0063-2-8482409 (Telephone)

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74 Responses to Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. Lex 02/12/2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi. Would you know if an NBI Clearance is still a requirement for first time tourist visa application? Thanks in advance.

    • unni 04/14/2014 at 1:24 am #

      is an NBI clearance required for a Visa F? i’m a first time applicant for a chinese visa btw but I traveled tons of different countries…

  2. Porsh 01/24/2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi all, i have just been denied with chinese tourist visa. I have all the requiremnts for non-first time. But still i was denied. I guess they really are very strict nowadays. :( i will try through an agent if i can get one. Sayang un tiket e.

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:50 am #

      that’s surprising. i didn’t think they were very strict. my friends were able to get them last minute. as in the day they fly out.

    • khrise 03/01/2014 at 3:02 am #

      seriously?i had 2 previous tourist visas issued then i reapplied fora third one naapprove naman..as long as bumabalik ka nmn daw ok di nila dinedeny eh.. bakit ka kaya nadeny?

  3. Yani 10/30/2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Same things with me and my friend. I mean, i have more than 100k for the last 6mons but they keep on insisting that i follow the format. It’s ridiculous considering the bank cert from my bank is system generated. urgh! BTW, what did you do?

    • lira 11/02/2012 at 1:00 pm #

      hi! we provided a scanned copy of the Letter of Invitation from our travel agent and we were given pink slip already w/c indicated date of pick-up (nov 06) but to our surprise – we received a call from the embassy wednesday informing that our visa was denied. Its a long holiday so will know what went wrong monday pa….btw, were leaving nov 08 so im loosing hope already :(

    • rogel 11/02/2012 at 1:23 pm #

      may i know what’s the best thing to do coz i am scheduled also to travel to beijing on february next year for 5 days vacation. i’ve heard even if you have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in china but still there is a chance that your visa application will be denied.thanks

    • china traveller 11/02/2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Better use Panda travel and Pan Pacific travel. These are the pros in handling china visa application.

      • cian 03/22/2013 at 12:57 am #

        Good day Ms. Wanderlass,
        I aM Filipino citizen.. i am going to visit my (Irish) boy friend who works as a teacher in china on May..
        I have previous Visa F and Z, im planning to take Visa L.. should i need bank statement as well if i already had previous visa?or its only for first timer…? pls help me to know more what i need..
        our son will travel with me in Suzhou china.. too.
        i need to know all the details what i need…
        looking forward to hear from you..

  4. lira 10/26/2012 at 11:28 am #

    hi miamuj! we are in the same shoes….we are already leaving 1st week of november but sadly we might just give up this trip unless we can provide an ORIGINAL Letter of Invitation from an Authorized Travel Agent for them to waived the bank requirements. Try contacting ChinaTour.Net they are very accommodating.

  5. miamuj 10/23/2012 at 9:38 pm #

    It’s frustrating if your bank does not conform to their required format even if all the other compliant information is there. I am currently a frustrated BPI account holder who can’t get a China Visa because of the bank certificate format.

  6. Oscar G. Gualberto 10/20/2012 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Ms. Wanderlass,

    May we seek your best advice regarding our planned trip to Shenzhen early this November?

    We are planning to visit a supplier in Shenzhen. Actually, its Huawei.. an Information and Technology company.

    We will be four to five persons traveling to Shenzhen and this will be our first time to be there.

    Our concerns, which we hope you could help us with, are as follows:

    1. Will it be easy to find a 4-5 bedroom Apartment/Apartelle in Shenzhen that is affordable – say around 30-40 USD a day?. We are trying to avoid staying in hotels since we plan to stay there for 5 days and we will be traveling on limited budget.

    2. Is the transport system in Shenzhen, specifically taxi service, conveniently available in Shenzhen area? I am 52 with a heart condition that may not allow me to go long distance walking as I heard from friends that long walks in Shenzhen district is an ordinary thing. Can you help me out with this one?

    3. How about cheap dining in Shenzhen?

    4. Are there areas or districts in Shenzhen where presence of Filipino population abounds?

    In a nutshell, may I ask for some tips on how we could survive our first time visit to Shenzhen.

    Thanks very much and more power.

    Very truly yours,

    Oscar G. Gualberto
    Alangilan, Batangas City
    Philippines
    63.926.687.4214

  7. Randell Aranza 10/18/2012 at 1:31 pm #

    URGENT UPDATE: MUST READ!

    Wanderlass, Philippine Passport holders are no longer granted a 5-day Shenzhen visa at Lo Wu border based on reports starting December 2011. Please be advised that there are numerous posts online that might be confusing. This information is from first-hand accounts of Filipinos trying to cross the border. It is possible to cross, though, if you’re in a group package tour. Personally, it would be better if you get a full Chinese visa, at almost the same cost..

    • wanderlass 10/18/2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks for the info. I’ll put it up to avoid confusion. It’s been a while since I was in China. I hope to travel China extensively soon.

  8. ivy lima 09/27/2012 at 12:38 pm #

    good day… is there a way to check my china visa application?? as they are so strict about the bank statement,.. i already gave them my 2 bank statement and bank certificate.. and untill now they havent return yet my passport if im not mistaken its been 3 weeks or more..

  9. chris 09/13/2012 at 8:33 am #

    Hi there! Is there anyone here tried to apply for China visa lately or after July 17, 2012 using different or multiple bank accounts for the bank certificate requirment stating adb and the current balance? I heard that these days, a lot has been denied from china visa because of bank certificate and adb requirement issues. I am now a bit worried as I am planning to travel to china to attend business and trade shows for 4days and sight seeing for another 4days. I can provide all the requirements aside from that bank certificate with an adb of atleast 100k for over 6months. My peso savings account has been opened since march 2011 and has only 64k adb but my bank balance since a month ago is higher than 100k so i am thinking if i can include in the bank certificate my dollar savings account, which has been opened since july 2011, but still the adb is lower than 100k when convert to peso. The ADB is only $2100 and my bank balance is more than 100k (when convert to peso). Do you think I be approved?

  10. marj 09/02/2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi, just want to know kung ito yung updated na requirements at visa application fee.

    thank you.

  11. rogel bien 08/24/2012 at 6:05 pm #

    additional question, if personal appearance is not required, where should i submit all the required documents? what is the best thing to do? is it better to apply directly in the chinesse embassy or better to apply in a travel agency?

  12. rogel bien 08/24/2012 at 5:49 pm #

    just want to ask, is it also required to provide a copy of nbi clearance for a filipino child whose age is 6 yrs old? thanks.

  13. weena 07/24/2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    I am going to apply for a chinese visa for the 2nd time now. What will be the requirements i need to submit? First time was a success. Just wanna know the requirements i need since ive already been to china. thanks!

  14. lavender07 07/24/2012 at 8:22 pm #

    hello everyone!

    plan po namin ng mother ko na pumunta ng hongkong april next year. from hongkong, balak ko sana pumunta sa mainland china kasi nandun na rin lang, sayang naman kung babalikan pa di ba. wala kami friend sa hongkong or china. kung kukuha kami ng visa, isa sa requirement yung letter of invitation. eh kung wala naman kami kakilala don, does it mean hindi maa-approve ang visa namin? :(

    thanks!

    • krishna 08/15/2012 at 9:18 pm #

      hello sis, you can still obtain a china visa without other requirements but it would be having to trust agents who will process your visas. you only need to give your passports and IDs and thats it, they can give you back your passport within 5 days or 10days… but 1 thing though..the price is high

  15. sooshenki 07/17/2012 at 10:47 am #

    hi ms. wanderlass, thanks for your site very helpful talaga:)marami akong nakuha na sagot sa mga tanong ko at salamat din sa mga nagpopost ng comments and advises:) promise ko kasi sa self ko na pag na approve po ung visa ko i-share ko rin ang aking nalalaman at karanasan:)ung destination ko po ay czech republic so sa czech embasy po ako nag apply at visiting for a friend po ung inaplayan ko at 3 months po un.. July 10, 2012 po ung schedule ng appointment ko for interview… ung mga papers na pinasa ko ay: ung forms at 3 pages po un at nka paste na po ung pix(passport size), passport, invitation letter at affidavit of support galing po sa nag invite sau, travel insurance, ung plane ticket, certificate of employment,if nkapunta na po ung nag invite sau ng pilipinas photo copy po ng passport nya with the stamp ng arrival nya dito sa pilipinas at saka mga id’s nya, nag submit din po ako ng photocopy ng mga id’s ko at photocopy ng passport ko. If meron na po ng invitation letter at affidavit of support hindi na po kailangan ng bank statement mo kasi ung nag invite sau sya na po ung magsshoulder lahat ng expenses mo.At ung mga tanong po sa akin: anu po ung purpose ko sa pagpunta ng czech republic ( sagot: visiting a friend), anu ung relation ko sa nag invite sa akin( sagot: his my friend), anu ung work nya at work ko, ilang days ako mag stay sa czech( sagot:90days)cant you finish your visit earlier? why do you want to stay so long.. ( sagot: theres alot to see in czech republic & i cant do it all in a hurry and also 3mos is not that long… anu ung name ng airways na kinuha ko, where will you stay in the czech republic?, when do you plan to travel?, is this your first visit to czech republic?, when did last see your sponsor and when did your sponsor last visit phils.?, what is my job profile?, can you tell me your sponsor contact details? and can you tell something about czech republic… ito po lahat ung tinanong sa akin… after my interview nag bayad po ako ng P3180.00 processing fee at binigyan po ako ng resibo at note na balikan ko ung passport ko sa July 17, 2012… at pagkuha ko po ng passport ko meron na pong visa stamp na approve na po ako at binalik po ung invitation letter ko po na original un po kasi ipapakita pag dumating na po ako ng czech republic. Be confident and honest lang po at importante din po ung suot at kunting make.up lang po para presntable po tingnan at higit sa lahat ung prayers po talaga. Ito lang po ang ma-ishare ko sana ma approve din po ung visa sa lahat po nag-aaply. godbless!

  16. Ken 07/02/2012 at 6:10 am #

    Hi !

    Useful site. Thanx.

    Now to the question. How much do the agencies in Manil normally charge for helping out with the China tourist visa ??

    I know the fees for the Chinese visa and All, But i really would like to know more or less what the agencies charge.

    I am currently in Manila myself i could probably help my girlfriend out myself, As i apllied for visas all over the world for years already. But sometimes it is nice to get help locally and save time. But is it worth i mean.

    Looking forward to answers from nice people in here !

    Regards, Ken

    • Tel 07/22/2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Hi,

      Just to confirm, is it opened 6 months prior to travel or average daily of 100k for 6 months?

      thank you

  17. Heidi 06/18/2012 at 6:19 am #

    Hi, i want to go to Beijing but i wish to know how much money should i have in the bank for the bank cert?

    Thanks.

    • wanderlass 06/21/2012 at 12:20 pm #

      maybe a 100,000 pesos?

    • purpleaddict18 07/19/2012 at 4:48 pm #

      For those who are applying for a Chinese visa, required na yung 100,000 sa bank account and should be opened 6 months before the date of travel to China. Per person. Just implemented last July 16, 2012. Wala pang feedback from those who applied after July 17, 2012..

  18. Kay 06/04/2012 at 8:04 am #

    Hi! I Have a friend who invited me to come to china. He’s an English man and work in china for 7 years now. He is willing to submit all the necessary documents needed for me to apply for a tourist visa, including the round-trip plane ticket. I am unemployed right now and I don’t have any Digitized Government IDs. I don’t even have TIN and latest ITR. My question is, would I be able to get a tourist visa when I only have New Passport, NBI, Postal ID and Birth certificate. Plus the documents from my friend/sponsor? Thank you.

    • wanderlass 06/04/2012 at 8:34 am #

      u won’t know until u try.

    • Tex 06/17/2012 at 3:45 am #

      Hi Kay, if Wanderlass doesn’t mind I’ll try to answer some questions here. I’m a foreigner living in China, married to a Filipina and have gone through the China visa process and helped many friends. If you have all the necessary documentation from your friend (His Invite Letter, His Bank Documentation, Copy of his passport and residence permit/visa) and your passport, NBI Clearance and photos. You will get your visa. That isn’t the problem. Recently, many Filipinas get the visa to China but now can not get out of the Philippines. He can travel with you but even this is no guarantee you can leave. It is best if he gets the letter of support certified by the Philippine Embassy in China or Hong Kong. This is from experience. Good Luck!
      http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/letter-of-invitation/

      • wanderlass 06/21/2012 at 12:21 pm #

        thanks for the reply.

      • Kay 06/21/2012 at 3:28 pm #

        Thank you so much Tex and Wanderlass!

  19. Ann 05/14/2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Shenzhen Economic Zone – Special visa can be secured at the border of Hong Kong for HK$ 100. It takes about 5 minutes and valid for 5 days. This is not valid to other part of mainland China.

    —is this valid for Philippine passport holders? do you know what is the process and what are the requirements?

    • wanderlass 05/14/2012 at 10:16 pm #

      yes. you’ll pass thru it before they let u out of the train/airport.

      • Jim 06/17/2012 at 3:25 am #

        I recently checked at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen border and Philippine Citizens CANNOT get a Shenzhen Visa, they must have a Chinese Visa to enter China.

  20. Jasmine 04/20/2012 at 12:32 pm #

    very informative blog, xie xie ni! May I ask, for NBI application saan advisable mag-apply sa Manila?

    • abby 05/05/2012 at 10:49 am #

      you go to robinson’s otis or mandaluyong city hall. there are times na hindi masyadong toxic but i think in mandaluyong, you have to go there really early, as in really early. from what i’ve heard, they only give 500 numbers/stubs per day.

  21. kimoy 03/04/2012 at 8:45 pm #

    thanks i got it

  22. Marra 02/23/2012 at 3:50 pm #

    hi.. for first time applicants , do i have to submit ALL of these? or ok lang na any of the following documents?

    3. for employed persons, also provide an employment certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID and latest ITR

  23. joy philippines 02/17/2012 at 11:03 am #

    my bf invite me to have a tour in china for one week and his french,, i ask a travel agent to get my china tourist visa,, i submit all the req, already but i am unemployed,,
    they ask also the bank c.passport,visa,copy of his salary and picture of us being together,, do u thnk i can get my visa?

  24. brad 01/18/2012 at 7:26 am #

    Im an australian here in the philippines,my girlfriend is filipina, there always the possibility of visa refusal,there goes money for round trip ticket and hotel reservation.To my understanding one cant hop on a plane without a return ticket to almost anywhere in the world, why china has the ridiculous rule is beyond any reasonable thought.My girlfriend is a teacher, once she applies for 2 months leave she can then cancel it, so visa refusal would leave her 2 months unemployed.Ive seen many posts of visa refusals, china does not have to state why it was refused..

    • wanderlass 01/18/2012 at 10:13 am #

      same with Japan when my sister was refused twice-no reason. And also US visa is a mystery to many Filipinos.

  25. Kim 11/25/2011 at 2:30 am #

    We were just at the border at Lo Wu station in HK yesterday and to our gross disappointment, they no longer issue visas for Shenzhen to PH passport holders at the border. After almost an hour on the MTR, we only got yelled at by the a-holes at the visa processing office on the 2nd floor. Since they’re not at all tourist-friendly, all that idiot could say, no, scream in his broken English through the window was “No Visa!” after taking one glance at our passports. Apparently, the procedure for securing their stupid visa for us lowly Pinoys has changed and it’s not posted ANYWHERE. We ended up wasting 2 hours and HKD 70 for the train ride back and forth. Screw Shenzhen!

    • wanderlass 11/25/2011 at 3:45 am #

      THank you for the information and update!

  26. Eva C 11/10/2011 at 9:45 am #

    Hi, I find your site very informative. Can you recommend a travel agent for China visa? thanks so much for your help.

    • wanderlass 11/11/2011 at 4:18 pm #

      there are plenty of travel agencies all over manila

  27. Mylene 11/05/2011 at 9:40 am #

    but my travel agent said that my papers is on the hand of Chinese ambassador for screening already. so it means that i passed? Looking forward for your reply soon.

  28. Mylene 11/05/2011 at 9:34 am #

    Good Day! it is possible that i can have my china visa this week? coz i have declared only 44,000 pesos in my 1 bank account and 10,000 pesos in my other bank account.thanks!

  29. angela 10/14/2011 at 10:40 pm #

    50,000 pesos and above.. you should really visit and check the bulletin board at the chinese embassy in makati..

  30. maligalig 10/14/2011 at 12:46 am #

    we will visit beijing this feb 2012 anyone knows how much amount should i have on my bank account when applying for a visa?

  31. Ron Sulit 08/28/2011 at 9:01 am #

    (Hotel reservation / invitation letter with a copy of the inviter’s valid chinese residence visa and passport information page of inviter’s or Chinese national identity card.)

    Do I have both the hotel resevation and invitation letter or one of the two is enough?

  32. angela 05/24/2011 at 2:30 am #

    i want to ask..how much money should at least be in your bank account?

    • wanderlass 05/24/2011 at 9:32 am #

      There is no guideline on this but I would think that you should have more than 50euro X number of days. You just need to prove that you have enough to support yourself in Europe.

      • angela 05/24/2011 at 6:10 pm #

        ummm.. its not in europe.. in china.. ><

        • wanderlass 05/25/2011 at 7:23 am #

          oh sorry.. I suppose about 50$ x # of days

  33. Andrea Joyce 05/09/2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi! Would you suggest getting a VISA from the embassy directly or to have a travel agency get it for you? Thanks!

    • wanderlass 05/09/2011 at 6:34 pm #

      It’s so painless to use a travel agent. :)

      • Andrea Joyce 05/09/2011 at 7:54 pm #

        But it’s more expensive. Is it worth it? =) Thanks!

        • wanderlass 05/10/2011 at 7:54 am #

          pondering on your question “is it worth it?”… well, you’re the only person who could answer that! how much are you worth per hour? is it worth it to take a (or half) day off from work to file for the application? perhaps the 500 or 1000 pesos agency fee is cheaper? ;-) If the visa doesn’t require personal appearance, i use travel agent… such as Chinese, S.Korea, Taiwan…

          • Andrea Joyce 05/10/2011 at 10:32 pm #

            I see.. i get your point.. i have one more question though, is it possible for me to get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong (after my 30-days stay in China expires)

          • wanderlass 05/11/2011 at 11:53 am #

            i’ve no idea about this =)

  34. angela 04/30/2011 at 1:11 am #

    hi… i just read here that “no need for personal appearance in getting china visa”? its my first time to get a china visa.. how will the process will be? do i need to just mail it?

    • wanderlass 04/30/2011 at 11:51 pm #

      you’ve to submit it at the embassy

  35. DANILO ZULAYBAR 04/28/2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I have to visit Shanghai for business trip to our customer.
    Im a filipino holding philippine passport residing at Saudi Arabia. What do i need to get a visa to china.
    Our customer already issued an invitation for me to go to China. Waht are the documents needed to get a visa.

    • wanderlass 04/28/2011 at 6:26 pm #

      hey Danilo, are you a little bit kidding? this post is all about the requirement needed.

  36. Mordechai 04/28/2011 at 9:28 am #

    hi,can you help me with a question? i am british and i want to marry my filipino girlfriend in china, i see she needs a sponsor and they will want to see my bank certificate,i think this means my bank account, if this is correct,how much money must i have in my account and is there a time requirement that it be there? thankyou for your help. she is 25

  37. pinoy boy journals 03/23/2011 at 9:20 pm #

    yes, very informative. there’s always a plan to go back to China. Good thing i have been issued a visa before with the sticker so i don’t need an NBI clearance. Hassle to get pa. Thanks!

  38. Marky 03/23/2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Thanks, this is really helpful I plan to visit Beijing if not this year, early 2012 :)

    • wanderlass 03/23/2011 at 11:12 pm #

      Welcome Marky! Happy to be of use.=)

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