Passport? Check. Expires in June; plenty of time.
No. Wait. I'll need a visa for China and you have to have six months left on your passport in order to get a visa.
Passport Office: 5th avenue in downtown Seattle.
Passport was the first step. Next was the visa. I used a visa service, however it was all just around the holidays and the Chinese kept changing their reqirements. I finally got all the paperwork in just before New Years thinking it would come back in plenty of time for my January 7 departure date.
When my visa hadn't arrived by the predicted time on the morning of the departure, I had to do someting. Since you definitely need decent looking toenails when in the tropics, a pedicure was in order.