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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Updated: May 08, 2014  By: SplendidChinaTours.Com

International travelers and businessmen applauded Chengdu's 72-hour visa-free policy, which started in September 2013. The policy allows transit passengers, who have a third country visa and valid air ticket, to stay visa-free in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, for up to 72 hours.

"My colleagues and I travel between Chengdu and Vancouver very frequently, so this policy definitely makes our lives a lot easier," said Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of British Columbia's Knowledge Network Co. Buttignol is not the only one who has found the policy convenient.

In 2013, a total of 1.76 million international travelers visited Chengdu, an increase of 12.09 percent compared with the previous year. Local tourism revenue reached 133 billion yuan ($22 billion) in 2013, an increase of 26.24 percent from 2012. The policy is also a bonus for the business industry as more businessmen are willing to travel to the city, said Chen Bin, deputy director at the Chengdu Investment Promotion Commission.

Chengdu is the home of the giant panda.

According to official data, Chengdu attracted 271.8 billion yuan in investment last year .With 22 Fortune 500 enterprises starting business in the city in 2013, Chengdu is now home to 252 such companies.

The policy boosts local tourism and business due to its convenience for foreign travelers, an official said. Modani, an Italian architect, was the first person to take advantage of the policy. The CEO of an architectural design firm visited four local companies within three days in Chengdu. After the trip he cooperated with one of the companies to set up his first architectural firm in the city.

"The new visa policy becomes one of our advantages in attracting foreign investment," Chen said. Xue Lian, the project manager of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China, said more business delegations would now consider stopping in Chengdu instead of going straight to the "traditional destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai."

Qingcheng Mountains, birthplace of Taoism.

The policy also benefits overseas Chinese like Wen Wei and his daughter, who want to visit their hometown more frequently. Wen lives in Australia with his family and changed a trip to Japan to visit Chengdu instead after he noticed the new policy.

"I can come home more often now to meet with my family members and take a walk in those famous scenic sites," Wen said. Chengdu's government held a series of activities to promote the policy around the world. In December 2013, Chengdu Tourism Administration, Chengdu Media Group and Chengdu Daily gave 1,000 foreigners a tour of the city. The visitors were from some of the 51 countries and regions included in the visa-free policy, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, France, and Germany. The tourists visited attractions like temples, farms and museums and tasted local foods.

Kuan Alley first built in the Qing Dynasty is a popular tourist attraction.

"This is such a fantastic experience for me and I know more about the city and its culture now," said Mia, a college student from the United States. "Next time when my friends ask me, I will tell them Chengdu has a lot more to explore besides pandas," she added.  Chengdu is the fourth mainland city to implement the policy, following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Source: ChinaDaily


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