Meetings in Shanghai made easy

10th May, 2016

Shanghai is one of the first cities in China to have implemented a 144-hour visa-free policy, which allows foreign visitors to arrive to and depart from the metropolis via its airports, cruise terminals and train stations without a visa, providing their overall stay is within the six-day limit. Rémi Dévé reports

The relaxation on travel restrictions is an upgrade of the current policy that allows passport holders from 51 countries to transit through several Chinese cities for up to 72 hours without a visa. The service, introduced in 2013, has proven popular, with more than 100,000 foreigners having taken advantage of it.

Following the trend of globalisation, the Chinese government is continuing to lower the barriers between China and friendly visitors from around the world. All the more reasons to organise a conference in Shanghai, as things are becoming increasingly easier for both planners and delegates.

But what to do within 144 hours in Shanghai? Headquarters has three ideas!

  • Wander around the Bund: Facing the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s mother river, the Bund has been a symbol of the city for over 100 years. It was not only witness to Shanghai’s legendary past, but also fully demonstrates to the world the city’s remarkable ability to absorb foreign cultures
  • Get coffee in Xujiahui Business Circle: Xujiahui is located in the southwestern part of downtown Shanghai, immediately adjacent to Shanghai Jiaotong University. As one of Shanghai’s ten famous commercial centres, Xujiahui is a home to myriad shops, office buildings, hotels and restaurants.
  • Get some culture at M50 Creative Garden: a characteristic complex of historical buildings from the 1930s to the 1990s, the garden is the best preserved architectural legacy of the national textile industry on the banks of the Suzhou River, and now home to 100 artists and designing units.


Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration

T. +86 21 23115523

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