China Tourism Board - Updated 2024/2025 China Travel News

Dreaming of Great Wall walks, panda encounters, and vibrant megacities? China awaits! But before you book your flight, stay informed with the latest travel news from the Land of the Dragon. This page is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about current policies, destinations, events, and trends to ensure a smooth and fulfilling journey.

What Awaits You Here:

● Fresh insights on visa updates, entry requirements, and border regulations. Know before you go with the latest information on visa exemptions, testing requirements, and any changes affecting your specific travel plans.

● Insider scoops on trending destinations and hidden gems. Dive beyond the popular tourist spots and uncover unique experiences waiting to be explored.

● Festival calendars and event updates. Plan your trip around vibrant cultural celebrations, dazzling light shows, and exciting sporting events.

● News on transportation options and infrastructure developments. Stay ahead of the curve with updates on flight routes, high-speed train expansions, and new transportation options.

● Travel advisories and safety tips. Navigate potential challenges confidently with information on local customs, cultural sensitivities, and any safety concerns.

● Personal stories and insider advice from seasoned travelers. Gain valuable insights and inspiration from those who have already explored China's wonders.

● Stay informed, stay inspired, and stay ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in China!

● Remember to check back frequently for the latest updates, as China's travel landscape is constantly evolving.

Foreign Guest Payment Service Center - You can consult about payment solution in airports now

Update Date: April 28, 2024

Till April 28, 2024, Foreign Guest Payment Service Centers have been opened in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Kunming, Zhangjiajie and Hefei. The center integrates a variety of payment solutions, providing a diversified payment experience covering foreign card swiping, scanning code payment, UnionPay cloud flash payment, foreign currency exchange, cash use, and digital RMB. It covers daily consumption scenarios such as shopping, catering, accommodation, and transportation. Relying on the window of the first entry port of the western airport, it provides payment service consultation and guidance to foreign guests for the first time, enhances the payment convenience of foreign guests in China, breaks down the cross-border payment barrier, and creates a more internationalized and convenient business environment. Read more >>

You can now purchase subway tickets using POS machines at any Shanghai Metro station

Update Date: April 28, 2024

Starting April 15, 2024, Shanghai Metro has expanded its POS machine service to all subway station service centers across the city. This means that both domestic and international cardholders can now purchase subway tickets using POS machines at any Shanghai Metro station. The POS machines will accept a variety of card types, including Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, and Discover. Read more >>

There will be sudden snowfall and strong winds in Huashan Scenic Area this week

Update Date: February 19, 2024

Dear tourists! According to the latest weather forecast, there will be sudden snowfall and strong winds in Huashan Scenic Area this week. In order to ensure safety, the scenic area will take timely control measures such as traffic control and closure according to the weather changes. Please pay attention to the weather and latest information of the scenic area in time, arrange your itinerary reasonably, and travel rationally.

Scenic Area Consultation Hotline: 0913-8376888 0913-8375999

Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Snow Town and many other ice and snow scenic spots have been closed

Update Date: February 18, 2024

Attention! (1) Due to rising temperatures and strong winds, the Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Snow Town and many other ice and snow scenic spots have been closed since February 15th, 2024. (2) The estimated time for the 2025 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is from late December 2024 to mid-February 2025. (3) Due to the unpredictable weather changes in the later stages of the Ice and Snow Festival, it is recommended to arrange your trip as early as possible.

30 days visa free for Singaporean passport holders - officially came into effect on February 9, 2024

Update Date: February 9, 2024

On January 25, 2024, representatives of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Singapore signed the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on Mutual Visa Exemption for Holders of Ordinary Passports in Beijing. The agreement has officially came into effect since February 9, 2024 (Chinese New Year's Eve). Currently, holders of ordinary passports from both sides will be able to enter the other country visa-free for tourism, family visits, business and other private matters, and stay for no more than 30 days. Those who enter the other country to engage in activities that require prior approval, such as work and news reporting, and those who intend to stay in the other country for more than 30 days, must apply for the corresponding visa before entering the other country.

The agreement is a significant step forward in the relationship between China and Singapore. It will facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and boost tourism and economic cooperation.

Booking of flights and hotels , China itineraries or invitation letters are not required for application of Tourist Visa for U.S.

Update Date: January 28, 2024

On January 28, 2024, China and Thailand signed the Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption for Holders of Ordinary Passports, which will officially come into effect on March 1. The scope of full visa exemption includes not only diplomatic passports, official passports, and official ordinary passports, but also ordinary passports. For two countries or regions that have concluded a visa exemption agreement, as long as their citizens hold valid passports or international travel documents as specified in the agreement, they can enjoy a visa-free stay of usually 30 days in the other country or region

15 Days Visa Exemption Policy for Six Countries Including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia.

Update Date: November 24, 2023

To facilitate high-quality development and promote a high level of openness for the convenience of the exchange of people between China and other countries, China has decided to pilot an expansion of unilateral visa exemptions. This policy applies to individuals holding ordinary passports from six countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia. From December 1, 2023, to November 30, 2024, nationals from these aforementioned countries, holding ordinary passports, visiting China for purposes such as business, tourism, family visits, or transit for a duration not exceeding 15 days, will be exempt from the visa requirement for entry. This initiative aims to enhance the efficiency and quality of interactions between China and foreign nationals, fostering a conducive environment for development and international cooperation.

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