I am looking to travel to Hong Kong then China for business, from Australia. I applied for, and received an Australian passport. I have a prior conviction in 2011 for which I was sentenced to 2 years in jail, to be released after 7 months. I also had a DUI in 2011, whereby I lost my license for 2 months.
I applied for a Chinese visa, and I disclosed on the application that I have had a conviction.
The Chinese visa center rang me the day after I lodged the application, and stated that it was bad news, and to come and collect my passport. I asked the person what happens from here, and he told me to "Just go to the border after you fly to Hong Kong, and ask for a visa". I collected it, and then visited the Chinese consulate in person.
I asked if I could speak to someone regarding the visa, and I was re-directed to the visa center. I then asked if I would be permitted to visit Hong Kong. The person at the counter confirmed I hold an Australian passport, then verbally informed me that it would be ok to go.
Have I been "officially refused a visa"?
What, now is the process of re-applying for a Chinese visa?
It appears, as an Australian, that I have to fill out a "Hong Kong immigration card". It does not appear to ask about criminal history here.
What is the correct process for me to enter Hong Kong?