I would much rather get it beforehand because makes things even more complicated because Beijing is very far from Xi'an
And to skiptex, with all due respect; I asked how to get the marriageable certificate, not for advice on what to do next. I already made up my mind on that one. Redoing the K1 may be marginally quicker, but it has a greater chance of denial than the CR-1 given that we have been denied once. Additionally I want to show my fiancee that I am committed to her, especially since she is feeling really bad right now. It might sound kind of lame, but she will appreciate it.