Plans for visa-free stopover in Beijing

23rd Oct 2012

Tourists will soon be able to visit Beijing for a three-day stopover without needing to apply for a visa.

Officials have already given the plan the go-ahead and more details are expected to be released in the next few weeks.

The proposal is thought to be inspired by Shanghai's policy of allowing travellers to visit for two days without a visa, which saw a rise in tourists heading to the city. Beijing is expected to extend the visa-free invitation to people from 32 different nations including the UK, Japan, the US, Germany and France.

The China National Tourism Office has also announced the policy will be introduced to some of China's railways and ports in 2013.

The news will be welcomed by travellers wanting to visit Beijing as a stopover on a long-haul flight across Asia.

Popular sightseeing trips in Beijing include heading to Jingshan Park for impressive views of the city, the Old Summer Palace and seeing the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Those wanting to try the local cuisine can enjoy Beijing's famous Peking Roast Duck or the more adventurous can head to the Forbidden City's 'Bug Street'.

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