Hi Toby, I'm trying to figure out the quickest way to get a single certificate. Can you help me with this information?
I went to the consulate or embassy that served the area where I lived, and showed them my Divorce Decree. They then issued the "certificate of eligibility to marry".
It is important to go to the right consulate. I first got a certificate from the Canadian embassy bin Costa Rica, but that was not acceptable, and I had to go back to Beijing to get another one.
One word of advice; when you get the certificate, check it carefully. The first one Beijing issued had the wrong date, and I did not notice this until I arrived at the marriage bureau in Wuhan (a expensive plane flight from Beijing). Had to return to Beijing to get a new certificate. The embassy was apologetic, but could not reimburse me for the unnecessary plane flight.
I assume you know you must get married in the administrative centre that serves your girlfriend's home town, right? My wife lived in Badong, so we had to marry in Wuhan, the nearest admin centre.