I currently have a visa to travel to China that was issued in Switzerland. But I've realized that I may be better off starting (and ending) my journey in the UK.

Is this something that is allowed, or is there a need to travel from the country of visa issue?

Note that this question has already been asked regarding a Schengen visa. But since my question is for a China visa, I thought that it isn't an exact duplicate.

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    While China could, in principle, be different, the answers to the questions you link explain that countries are very unlikely to care about this, both because people want to make multi-country trips and because having to make a connection in a third country is extremely common -- there might not even be any direct flights. Jun 15, 2018 at 13:37
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    Anecdotally I can tell you I got my Chinese visa at the consulate in Chicago and entered by train from Mongolia. If I remember correctly the immigration form asks where your visa was issued, but other than that they don't care. Jun 15, 2018 at 21:01

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In general no country cares where you start your journey from.

Exceptions to this principle are very rare - for example if you were claiming to be escaping from the oppressive regime of country X but were transiting through country X.

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    For one thing, it's routine to change planes and even if you originated in Switzerland, your immediate entry could be a flight from the UK (Germany, etc.). Jun 15, 2018 at 17:59

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