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(Xinhua) China began to implement its 144-hour visa-free transit policy in five more cities on Tuesday for travelers from 53 countries.

Foreigners visit the Zhanqiao Pier in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on September 29, 2018. [File photo: VCG]


These cities are Qingdao, a major port city in Shandong Province; Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian Province; Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province; Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province; and Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.

The visa-free transit policy approved by the State Council, applies to people from 53 countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Passengers are required to carry effective international travel certificates and have definite onward travel within 144 hours, when entering those five cities.

Previously, a 72-hour visa-free transit policy was adopted in the cities. In the new move, passengers can enter and exit Qingdao and Xiamen through their air and sea ports. Those who transit through Qingdao are allowed to stay elsewhere in Shandong during the 144-hour period, according to Li Zhuqun, deputy head of the Shandong Provincial Public Security Department.

Since 2013, the State Council has approved the 72-hour visa-free transit for eligible international travelers across 18 cities and later extended the period to 144 hours in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Shanghai and the neighboring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, as well as the cities of Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning Province, according to the National Immigration Administration.

China hosts the arrival of about 43 million foreigners annually.


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Post time 2019-1-11 16:47:45 |Display all floors
Soon China will take over France as the nation with the most number of tourists.

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Post time 2019-1-11 21:46:13 |Display all floors
wchao37 Post time: 2019-1-11 03:47
Soon China will take over France as the nation with the most number of tourists.

But if Hong Kong and Macau are included,and they should, then China is the world's number one tourist destination. 98.8 million people traveled to China in 2015 for tourism, business, or work. 56 million foreign tourists came to China in 2014, and total inbound tourism numbers have held basically steady from 2007 to 2014.
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Post time 2019-1-12 02:21:19 |Display all floors
Saul Post time: 2019-1-11 21:46
But if Hong Kong and Macau are included,and they should, then China is the world's number one tour ...

It basically reflects the megatrend.

When a big country like China to have to compete with a medium-size country like France for the Number One spot is already something rather shameful.

But European civilization as represented by the splendor of Versailles and Louvre stayed at the top spot for so long precisely because no one paid too much attention to other civilizations including China's -- that is, until now.

Popular tourism spots reflect curiosity and both historical and contemporary focus of global interest.

From this point on, barring unexpected occurrences, China will be a rising star among tourist destinations.  You'll see.

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Post time 2019-1-12 02:22:42 |Display all floors
Saul Post time: 2019-1-11 21:46
But if Hong Kong and Macau are included,and they should, then China is the world's number one tour ...

Well that's true too.

Hitherto they have always been considered separately.

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Post time 2019-1-12 05:29:45 |Display all floors
wchao37 Post time: 2019-1-11 16:47
Soon China will take over France as the nation with the most number of tourists.

Nonsens

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