I mailed our VISA Application to our agency today (they bring it to the Embassy through a courier service). Of course, the question would be, "What is the expected date of travel?" -- they told me to just leave that field blank. So I still don't know.
The funny part of the VISA application is that you have to put down the reason for travel, and our agency instructions say to check "tourism."
Wouldn't it be great if it just worked that way?:
me: "Honey, let's take a vacation to China"
husband: "Ok, great, and let's pick up a kid when we get there."
me: "Wonderful idea, that would be a perfect souvenir!"