Hi Dr. Greg!
Long time no talk!
Thank you for your response to my inquiry.
I went to the Nanjing PSB today, and this is what they said to my colleague who works with the university and represents me: A) Due to the Shanghai World Expo, they are no longer giving tourist visas after foreign residence permits ("FRP") expire, and; B) The PSB is indeed able to extend a FRP for a day or two without a new contract, but only under the condition that a plane ticket home has been purchased, as is the case for me.
However, to extend the FRP for a single day for an American, it costs 940RMB. I feel like the Chinese government is giving me a pat on the back while putting their hand in my back pocket as I walk out of the door. So is life. At this point, I'll be super happy just to be able to legally leave the country.
I wasn't able to apply for the extension today as the Nanjing PSB told my colleague that one of the papers he has is not up-to-date, and he needs to go to the PSB near the university where I work, and get a new form. It's a small pink form on flimsy paper that said something like "Temporary Residence..." something something.
I'll let you know if anything arises when we try to apply again on Friday.
Thanks again, Dr. Greg!