Beijing 144 Hours Free Visa Transit

June 23rd, 2018
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Are you planning your Beijing Layover Tour? You may think whether you need a transit visa in Beijing? This is the question frequently asked by many travelers who are going to transit in Beijing and continue to fly for a third country.

Yes, basically you need a Chinese visa to visit Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hours’ layover tour or 2 or 3 days’ short stay in Beijing. But currently, 53  countries are entitled to 144 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

Which are the 53 countries and what the preconditions for getting the free visa transit stay permit in Beijing? I will answer your questions one by one.

1. Prerequisites for getting the 144 hours transit free visa
1) The Eligible 53 nationalities include 24 Schengen Countries in Europe:
1-1): 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2-2): 15 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and the Republic of Belarus.

3-3): 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

4-4): 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

5-5): 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2) Travelers must have valid passports.

3) Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

 

Passport Control and Immigration

Officially Designated Entry Points in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei: 
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Ports of entry and exit are extended to designated international railway stations, seaports and airports. Previously, the policy was once applied only at airports. Now passengers are allowed to arrive and exit at the following six points in the three places: Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

Beijing Capital International Airport
Tel: 0086-10-96158

Beijing West Railway Station in the capital
Tel: 0086-10-51824233

Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tel: 0086-22-96777

Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in Tianjin
Tel: 0086 -22-25605128

Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tel: 0086-311-96360

Qinhuangdao seaport in Hebei province
Tel: 0086-335-3099676


How to Apply for 144-Hour free-visa stay in the three areas ( Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province):

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When you disembark your plane or ship, just follow the throng or the signs directing you to international arrivals, immigration and customs.

Passport Control/Immigration
In the Passport Control/Immigration Area, find your special lanes for 144-hour visa-free transit passengers.

Some 144-hour transit passengers miss their layover tour in Beijing simply because they cannot locate the special lanes to get the visa-free permit. Actually the special lanes for 144-hours visa-free transit are located just on the left side of the Lanes for Foreign Citizens as well as on the right side of the Lanes for Chinese Citizens.

You need to fill up the entry registration card and get your 144- hours free visa stay permit, a stamp on your passport. The items for filling up the registration to get your 144-hour free visa stay permit:

Name,Sex, Birth, Passport Number, Nationality, Arrival Date, Arrival Flight, Exit Time, Exit Flight, Contact Phone Number in Beijing, Address in Beijing (Tianjin or Hebei), Reception Unit or Person, Reception Unit Phone Number.

Go through Customs, claim your luggage ( if necessary ) and leave airport.

Very Important Notice:
If your airline by which you are travelling doesn’t have the latest information the 144-hour visa free transit policy in Beijing, plus they inform you that only those with valid visa’s can travel with them. Then you can show them the official website of Beijing Capital Airport to verify that you will not encounter any problems in Beijing. Please check out the links below:

http://en.bcia.com.cn/server/notice/144visafree/

http://en.bcia.com.cn/server/notice/144visafree/144visafree_policy.shtml

What you can do during your 144-hour visa-free stay in the three Areas:
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The 144-hour visa-free transit allows you for a sufficient time to visit Beijing, or Tianjin and Hebei per your travel request. For more information Beijing tours, Tianjin tour and Hebei tour, please check out the following links:

Beijing Layover tour
Beijing Tour Packages

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer & Tour

Hebei Tour
Shijiazhuang Tour
Chengde Tour
Zhangjiakou Tour
Qinhuangdao Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Authentic Beijing Local Experience

June 22nd, 2018
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 To get under the skin of the capital city of Beijing, you need to delve into the traditional hutong area – an old neighbourhood that consists of a warren  of narrow back lanes, quaint courtyards, and teems with people, a vibe  of sights, sounds and aromas – the Old World Charm in Beijing.

Shichahai, or popularly known as Houhai or Back Lake in English, is such a wonderful mix where you will lose yourself in the maze-like traditional hutong – Beijing’s heart and soul.

Houhai is still thriving and very much alive, with chic bars and quaint restaurants offering drinks and traditional food, rife with authentic Beijing cultures.  Check out “How to Visit Shichahai” for more information on the transport to get to Shichhai.

I happen to meet a group of foreign students visiting Shichahai ( or also popularly known as Houhai ), and I follow them to record some of their activities using my camera in Shichahai for your reference.

1. Photography: Landscape and People

A Group of Foreign Students at Houhai

 

They snap pictures of the natural sights at Houhai.

 

Taking the photos of the local people and their street life.

2. Gastronomic Memories

Eating Scorpion

 

Eating Scorpion

 

Wolf down sugar-coated fruits.

 

Wait in line to eat cotton floss or Candy floss

3. Wander along the old Hutong and Courtyards

Stroll along the old hutong at Houhai.

 

Be intrigued by the posters on the wal.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Stunning Cityscape Photography from Headquarters of Beijing Television

June 21st, 2018
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A city’s tall building provides an opportunity to shoot stunning pictures of its cityscape, during sun rise, sunset and especially during nighttime when artificial lights create dream-like neon wonderland.  Cityscape photography from a tall building allows us to see the spine-tingling part of a city with which we may have already been quite familiar.

The Headquarters of Beijing Television (BTV), a 41-story building is an idea place to show off the trendy and modern buildings and offices that are lit when night falls, the magic and the ever-changing cityscape of Beijing.

Beijing Television is a Beijing government-owned television network with over 10 channels, ranging from BTV 1 through 10 and more, covering arts, news, military, education, entertaiment, finance, sports, kaku kinds and more.

The BTV Headquarters Building is located at No.98 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, on the eastern end of Chang’an Avenue within the busy business district in Beijing ( known as “CBD” – Central Business District). CBD is home to legions of offices and companies, both home and international, a “Manhattan” in Beijing.

With the help of a friend who works in BTV, we are quite smooth passing through the very strict security check and take a lift up to the 21th-floor terrace facing the north. The open terrace is like a large square hole torn apart from in the middle of the entire side of the building on the north.

Each of us have two cameras with a wide angle lens and telephoto lens,  and place them on two tripods. Set the mode dial to AV (aperture priority) and turn f/11 and up to 22 for sharp photos, a greater depth of field, waiting for the golden hour – one hour before and after sunset.

The following photos taken from the 21th-floor of BTV Building.

A panoramic photography of CBD during sunset.

 

A close-up view of the buildings at sunset in CBD

 

CBD at sunset

 

The lit blurred trails

 

The illuminated two Guomao Buildings

 

The lit CBD area

 

The illuminated panoramic view of the large CBD area

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.