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How to see Beijing in 72 hours without a visa

Updated: May 21, 2018 CGTN Print



Traveling to China is no longer a luxury for many foreign passport holders. The Chinese government has unveiled a 72-hour visa-free transit scheme that offers access to visitors from 53 countries including the US, France and Austria.

Let's start with the capital of China, the colossal Beijing. With over 20 million residents and thousands of years of history, there is so much to see and do in the city. Whether it's checking out the Forbidden City or wandering around Jingshan Park, the city is full of surprises and adventures. Don't forget, the food in the provincial government restaurants is definitely worth your time.

Here's a pick of the best in Beijing!

Mutianyu Great Wall


Mutianyu Great Wall. [Photo/VCG]

Your trip to Beijing isn't really complete without seeing one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World," the Great Wall of China.

The ancient Great Wall was built over two millennia across northern China and southern Mongolia. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is by far the most well preserved of all. Taking a one-hour bus ride, Mutianyu would be your ideal location for a half-day of hiking away from the stifling large crowds in the city. Also, the authorities have allowed tourists to paint graffiti on a specific section of the Great Wall since 2014. The Great Wall was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

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