Seriously!.. 4 hours sleep, arrived at the Belarus embassy half an hour before it opens – and a queue!!  Three hours later..  and a trip across Beijing to visit the one bank branch that will accept the payment for said visa. Belarus better be worth it.

However, my patience was remarkably (and surprisingly) good which given border crossings to come into Mongolia, Russia, Slovakia etc etc is probably a safe bet. Also prompted by the guns on hips of the three very officious guards at the embassy… three? – What don’t I know about Belarus?