Easy access to GD via 72h visa-free transit
2013-November-4 Source: Newsgd.com
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During a three-day trip from Oct 25 to Oct 27, a group of journalists coming from Australia and New Zealand experienced a Guangzhou tour and had a real taste of Cantonese culture.

Want to taste the delicious Cantonese food and experience the indigenous culture in Guangdong without bothering about applying for a visa? Here comes the 72h visa-free transit!

Launched on August 1 this year, the 72h visa-free transit is aimed at expanding international business cooperation and inbound tour of Guangdong.

Australia accounts for the largest number, according to the exit-entry authority of the Baiyun district where the airport is located. According to China Daily, altogether, 239 Australian passengers have had a 72-hour visa-free stopover in Guangzhou since August, almost half of the total number of foreign visitors benefiting from the new visa policy, said Zhang Rui, a media officer from the exit-entry authority of Baiyun district.

The policy is also popular among tourists from the US, Canada, Russia and New Zealand, Zhang said.

To meet the increasing demand, Southern Airline announced on Oct 27 that they start to operate A380 and Boeing 787 on Guangzhou-Sydney and Guangzhou-Auckland routes.

During a three-day trip from Oct 25 to Oct 27, a group of journalists coming from Australia and New Zealand, organized by the Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality and China Southern Airlines, experienced a Guangzhou tour and had a real taste of Cantonese culture.

When asked about whether the newly launched policy would help Guangzhou attract more tourists, Adrian Schofield from Aviation Week replied “It definitely will!” He said that before the policy, people may stop in HK and later take the connecting flight. Now Guangzhou is another choice, why not choose GZ and have a more Chinese experience?

Kathryn Webster from AA Directions, a New Zealand magazine, said the plaza dancing and the singing by the elderly women about Chairman Mao was really interesting and the tourists would more likely to enjoy the old Guangzhou. (By Wing & Jane)

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