Small favor, keep an eye out for mangosteen prices in CM if you have the chance. Have a safe flight!
So I was able to
process a student visa through the Chinese consulate in Chiangmai.
Cost was 1100 Baht and it took 4 days.
I had an interview with a senior officer. It was conducted entirely through Chinese. I got the distinct impression that she was testing my Chinese to see if I was genuinely studying. So my guess is they don't just rubberstamp it.
Mangosteens ranged from 35 to 50 Baht for about 10/11 of them and were very tasty.
Thanks to all who helped!
I've always found the Chiangmai consulate friendlier and more accommodating than the outlet (whatever, not consulate) in Hong Kong, especially if you speak Chinese.
@greenrizla, thanks dear. Enjoy your studies!