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Thursday, May 30, 2013

72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Makes for a Great Tour of Beijing and Shanghai

Air China recently launched the "72-hour visa-free stay" excursion products in Beijing and Shanghai in cooperation with a few domestic travel operators. The products can give transfer passengers an opportunity to tour some of the most celebrated attractions of these two cities and appreciate the amazing Chinese culture.

Beijing and Shanghai started a 72-hour visa-free stay policy on January 1, 2013 for citizens from 45 countries who hold the visa of and an air ticket to a third country or region. In response to the policy, Air China and a number of domestic travel operators have jointly introduced innovative, custom one to three day excursions that cater to the needs of transfer passengers.

The capital city of China, Beijing, is at the cutting edge of Chinese history and culture. Walk through the Forbidden City, trek up the Great Wall, stroll in the Summer Palace, have a good time at Sanlitun Bar Street, enjoy a lamb hotpot, chomp on Beijing Duck, or stroll around in the old hutong neighborhoods – Beijing has so much to offer to oriental culture enthusiasts. Of course, Shanghai also has a lot to get visitors excited. Wander in the historic serenity of Yuyuan Garden after breakfast; take a stroll in Chenghuangmiao bazaar and Shanghai's old streets for culinary delights and relaxation in the afternoon; before dinner, head to Nanjing Road, which is one of the most bustling parts of modern Shanghai; after dinner, get a grandstand view of the Oriental Pearl Tower and the historic buildings on the Bund.

As a tenant of Beijing Capital International Airport and a member of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline network, Air China boasts an extensive global network with Beijing serving as its hub and Shanghai as its international gateway, flying passengers to 1329 destinations in 194 countries. Air China offers a wide range of flights to passengers who qualify for the visa-free stay and transfer in Beijing, ensuring that they can have seamless connections to other parts of the world.

If you are interested in the excursions, head to Air China's website www.airchina.com to l