|Dalian by ashley wang|
Travelers from most major EU countries, Australia, the US, and Canada are all eligible for these extended visa-less layovers. This new policy might entice people to take an extended layover or to add a China leg onto their East Asian itinerary. Hey, if time and money allow, why not add a weekend in Shanghai or Dalian (my personal favorite) onto your Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore vay-cay.
For a vast majority of travelers, though, getting a standard Chinese tourist visa, while an extra pre-trip step, is not nearly the headache it once was. So if you want to spend a longer time in the Middle Kingdom, it's easy to do so. But if you want to introduce yourself to China for the first time or discover a city besides Beijing and Shanghai, the new visa-free policy could make a quick stopover feasible and convenient.