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Travel: Guilin, Guangxi Autonomous Region


I recently spent 10 days in China’s Guangxi Autonomus Region as well as Hunan Province. Whilst I have travelled to China many times before, this is the first time I’ve visited with an eye in the sky – a flying camera. Here are some aerial panoramas of my travels there.

The first two panos below are of Guilin’s Karst-filled horizons. The bottom two are villages where China’s ethnic minorities are largely, self-determining. Each travel to China reminds me that China is not a monolithic entity. And that their population of close to 1.4 billion means 1.4 billion stories and agendas, all pretty much on the same roller coaster ride emerging from a century of mistakes they’re not keen to repeat.

In this part of China there are hardly any heavy industries and the sheer number of domestic tourists I met suggests to me again a blindspot the rest of the world is not privy to. China’s domestic market is enormous.

guilin 1 DJI_0041-49 Pano.jpg

guilin 17 DJI_0042-50 Pano.jpg

guilin 19 DJI_0036-43 Pano.jpg

guilin 21 DJI_0008-16 Pano.jpg


Filed under: China Dream, Chinese Model, Mapping Feelings, Tourism, , ,

Visa-free policy opens door to wider opportunities [Global Times]

The Great Wall opens in an outward display of affection: Tourism booster or opening of floodgates while the Chinese still find it hard to apply for visas to foreign countries? Catching up with the demands and frequency of transnational movement, Beijing is to offer foreign travelers 72-hour visa-free entry.

Singapore grants a 96-hour visa-free stay for Chinese travelers, and provides free shuttle bus, free subway pass, taxi guides and even free food coupons to invite foreigners to have a taste of local customs and flavors.

In comparison, China’s rigid 24-hour visa-free transit policy, which was adopted back in the 1980s and had been tainted by a planned economy mentality stressing regulation, appears quite incompetent.

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Visa-free policy opens door to wider opportunities
by Chen Chenchen
Source – Global Times, published September 17, 2012

Beijing will soon offer foreign travelers a 72-hour visa-free entry to boost local tourism and further open up the city, vice mayor Ding Xiangyang revealed Saturday.

The new policy has triggered huge controversy within Chinese public opinion. While some applauded the move, others slammed the authorities for opening the door to more foreigners who may seek illegal immigration, residence and employment, against the background of several high-profile cases involving foreigners in China. There are also voices berating the authorities for granting foreigners “supra-national treatment” whereas Chinese citizens face cumbersome procedures when applying for visas to foreign countries.

Such criticisms are not completely unwarranted, but the problem is that they merely focus on potential risks and challenges to judge whether the policy should be adopted or not. Undoubtedly, all countries with visa waiver projects face risks in entry-exit management. In the wake of the 9/11 attack, the US suspended a visa-free transit policy that had been practiced since 1952. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, global times, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tourism, , , , ,

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