From January 1, 2013, Beijing offers 72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country visas and transit at Beijing.

Beijing offers 72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country visas and transit at Beijing.

Foreign visitors, who hold passports issued by the countries on the 72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy List and stay in Beijing for transit for up to 72 hours, could apply for a visa-free transit stay in China at the immigration inspection authority at Beijing Capital International Airport. This policy is only applicable for foreign visitors who enter into, stay in and leave from Beijing.

According to the regulations of Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, foreign visitors who meet ALL the following requirements could apply for the visa-free transit:

Holding passports issued by the following listed 51 countries,
Holding valid international travel documents,
Qualified for the entry requirements of their third destination country,
Holding valid airline tickets with 72-hour validation and making transit through Beijing Capital International Airport to the third country

72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy is valid for passport holders from the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia , Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar

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Beijing Layover tours (Layover Time: approx.5 - 10 hours)

Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Layover Tour

Tour Highlights:

-- Tiananmen Square
-- The Great Hall of the People
--View the Monument to the People's Heroes
--Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
-- China National Museum
-- Forbidden City

Tourist Attraction Description:

The Great Hall of the People - On the west of Tiananmen Square it is the Great Hall of the People, the meeting place of national people's congress of the People's Republic of China . The Great Hall with huge and complicated engineering was built within ten months in 1950's, possessing central hall, great hall, banqueting hall with 7000 square meters, office building of people congress standing committee and hall named with all provinces and autonomous region.
Tiananmen Square - Tiananmen Square is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 square meters (about 109 acres), and able to accommodate 10,000,00 people at one time. Located in the downtown Beijing.
The Monument to the People's Heroes - There are Monument to the People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum on the south of Tiananmen Square. The Moument is composed of 413 granites and monument base is paved of 17.000 granites and white marbles. There are eight white marble sculptures on the monument seat: including a series of importanti history events, Such as Opium burning in Humen, Jintian Uprising. Wuchang Uprising. The May 4th Movement of 1919. the May 30th Movement of 1925, Nanchang Upring. War against Japan and Successful Crossing of the Changjiang River.
Mao Zedong Memorial Hall - Chairman Mao's Mausoleum started to construct in November 1976 and completed in May 1977. The area is 2000 square meters and it is composed of north hall ( the place holding memorial activity), viewing hall (crystal hall special for Chairman Mao relique) and south hall. In addition, there are Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi and Zhu De revolution achievement memorial rooms.
The China National Museum - Flanking the eastern side of Tiananmen Square, The mission of the museum is to educate about the arts and history of China. It is directed by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. The museum is closed for renovations until 2010, when it will reopen with more than double the space, 192,000 square meters, and state of the art exhibition facilities and storage.
The Tiananmen Tower - Initially constructed in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, the Tower was the front door of the Forbidden City. The main use of it in the past was to declare in an important ceremony to the common people. Until 1911 when the last feudal kingdom was over, no one could enter the Tower except for the royal family and aristocrats.
Forbidden City - Lying to the north of Tiananmen Square and rectangular in shape, Forbidden City ( also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China.

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