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More cities in China to offer 144-hour visas
Published on: 2019-10-25
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031China has added new cities to its list of places that many foreign tourists can visit with easier-to-obtain short term visas.

The cities of Xi'an, Ningbo, Chengdu and Chongqing will now be accessible via a 144-hour (six-day) transit visa, also known as a G visa, as of December 1, 2019. This brings the total number of Chinese cities with G visa access to 20.

xianXi'an is famous for the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while Chengdu is the home of two of China's most beloved exports -- pandas and spicy hotpot. Both are also major transit hubs.

Chengdu has a sizable human population of more than 16 million and an impressive panda population too. Among the 45 surviving panda babies born in 2018 42 of them were born in ChengduChengdu has a sizable human population of more than 16 million and an impressive panda population, too. Among the 45 surviving panda babies born in 2018, 42 of them were born in Chengdu

Several other cities throughout China, including Shanghai and Beijing, also have this G visa option. The 144-hour number is a maximum, but it's not obligatory to stay the full six days.

However, this doesn't mean that tourists can simply show up in China and begin their travels without any problems.

With a staggering population of over 30 million Chongqing spanning 82300 square kilometers is the countrys biggest city by far. Like Chengdu its famous for its spicy cuisine hotpot includedWith a staggering population of over 30 million, Chongqing -- spanning 82,300 square kilometers -- is the country's biggest city by far. Like Chengdu, it's famous for its spicy cuisine -- hotpot included

First, visitors need to be from one of 53 accepted countries, which include Australia, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

They must also have proof that they've booked travel to a different destination via China, such as a plane or cruise ship ticket or with their name on it. Hong Kong and Macao are both acceptable end destinations for the purposes of the transit visa.


Travelers will also need to fill out the visa application form and have passport-sized photos that can be affixed to the document.

Printed-out paperwork is ideal as visitors may not be able to use their phones or access the internet while in the country.

If the country they are transiting to requires a visa or other paperwork, they will need to have that already secured and on their person as well.

It is generally best and easiest to stick with one city during a stopover, as some travelers have reported challenges for multicity itineraries.

030The new visa rulings will relax that policy slightly, but not entirely. For example, Ningbo's 144-hour visa also covers the broader Yangtze River Delta area, including Shanghai.

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