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Hangzhou becomes tenth Chinese city to offer 72-hour visa-free scheme

West Lake, Hangzhou.
West Lake, Hangzhou. Image by Yosomono / CC BY 2.0

Hangzhou has become the latest city in China to offer a 72-hour visa-free scheme to travellers. The capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is a popular stop for travellers due to its location along a high-speed rail line about an hour from Shanghai. The city is known for its West Lake scenic area and silk-making tradition and has long been considered one of China’s most beautiful cities. Under the scheme, travellers from 51 countries will not need a visa to stay in Hangzhou for up to 72 hours, as long as they have onward travel booked. Read more: wantchinatimes.com