Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all instituted visa free transits for international transit passengers for stays of three days or less earlier this year.
Both Shanghai and Beijing had shorter visa free transit previously that allowed passenger to leave the airport and roam the city.
Now, Chengdu, the provincial capital of the Sichuan region of China, is joining the above mentioned cities and started to offer this same 3-day visa free transits from the beginning of September.
There are not as many direct oversees flights to Chengdu that passengers could connect to/from that is required for this visa free facility compared to the other cities that are offering it.
Nevertheless, this can help some to visit the city and pay a visit to the Panda research base that the city is mostly known for.
You can read more about this visa-free transit on People Daily’s website here.
I visited this city the other year, when my direct flight from Beijing to Lhasa was delayed several hours due to very low visibility in Beijing and I missed the connection to Lhasa in Chengdu. Isn’t it weird that you can miss a connection on a “direct” flight? One of the wonders of air travel.
Anyway, I didn’t have time for more than checking in to the Sheraton hotel in the city center and taking a cab back to the airport the following morning. Chengdu is definitely on my list of cities to visit for few days.