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Aussie travellers who have considered a trip to Beijing, China, may have an easier time doing so in the future with a new unique promotion. Officials from the capital city are contemplating a special visa waiver timeframe so foreign visitors can be granted access to the area with less paperwork. Although the idea is to have the visa regulations lifted for roughly 72 hours, representatives from Beijing hope this will encourage tourism and boost the economy for the area.
Aussies seeing various parts of China could spend three days in Beijing without having to obtain extra papers. This is already in effect at other Chinese destinations, including Shanghai for 48 hours and the Hainan province for 21 days.
"With so many foreigners transiting in Beijing, the visa waiver program will allow many of them to tour the ancient city," Jiang Yiyi, director of the International Tourism Development Institute, told the Travel Biz Monitor.
What to see and do in Beijing
Travellers from Australia can take flights to Beijing during this time or any other to experience the cultural wonders and attractions this city has to offer. Some of the most iconic landmarks and structures in all of China can be found at this destination, including The Forbidden City, which has the Palace Museum and a massive public square. There are gates made of intricate gold embellishments and buildings for theatre once used by royalty.
Dining in Beijing can also be an adventure travel experience, especially for Aussies who like to sample new things while on holiday. Peking duck is a popular dish that often includes sliced morsels of the birds with crisped skin accompanied by various savory sauces.
Travellers can enjoy a unique experience at the Made in China restaurant, which is also famous for its interesting ambiance. Guests are seated at the dining area near an open kitchen while dining on dishes like mashed soybeans, stir fry vegetables with garlic and of course, Peking duck.
Seafood is also popular among locals and tourists alike, so Aussies should be on the lookout for exotic dishes sold in restaurants and at food carts throughout the city. Some of the most exotic eats are at the Quan Ya Ji establishment, which has menu items like shark fin soup and abalone.
Aussies will want to take advantage of this proposed visa waiver timeframe to experience these delights of Beijing on their next getaway.
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