After nearly three years, China will be reopening to tourism.
Starting from 15 March, you can once again dust off those Chinese tourist visas.
Better yet, if you had a Chinese tourism visa issued before 28 March 2020 — that is, the date China sealed itself off from the world — those will return to being valid.
My pointless question is– will visa holders get those three years back somehow? Consider that a Chinese visa is valid even in an expired passport. It would be a pain to keep track off, but wouldn’t the onus be on the visa holder?
Personally, China is one of my favorite countries to visit. Sure, it helps that I can speak and read some Chinese, no question. And just look at some of these places that you could visit while in the mainland:
For starters, there’s the quartzite sandstone stalagmites of Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie city, in Hunan province; pretty cool views landing at that airport, too!
With China reopening to tourism, why not head over to Tiananmen Square, located in China’s capital, Beijing.
Or, perhaps you want to come face-to-face with the 230-foot Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan, begun in 713CE by the monk Haitong to watch over ships passing through the rivers directly below it. It was finally completed ~803CE.
I realize this post sounds preachy, but I’m honestly excited for China to be reopening to tourism. The natural settings, the food, the random bumper cars and alpine slides around cities … it all greatly appeals to me.
Any questions about visiting China? Let me know!