20 South Korea travellers apply for 144-hour visa-free transit in Xiamen
Twenty travelers from South Korea applied for visa-free transit services on Tuesday at the Xiamen cruise port.
The figure represented the largest applicant number in a single day since the policy's implementation in Xiamen earlier this month.
A coastal city in East China's Fujian province, Xiamen began to offer 144-hour visa-free transit services to foreign travelers from 53 countries on Jan 1.
Foreign travelers from the designated countries are allowed to stay for up to 144 hours in the city if they hold valid travel documents and confirm onward travel tickets, according to the National Immigration Administration.
The administration said China receives about 43 million foreign visits annually, and the policy will help provide foreign nationals with more convenient travel arrangements.
In a bid to facilitate the procedures, Xiamen custom authorities have rolled out a considerable raft of travel-related services.
A traveler from Seoul said that they had long hoped to explore Xiamen in an in-depth manner,adding that it is first time the group to visit the city, but they don't feel strange at all since they have watched numerous TV programs at home depicting its captivating attractions.