China has extended its visa-free travel program for citizens of 11 European countries and Malaysia until the end of 2025. This is fantastic news for European travelers who can now explore China’s rich culture and stunning scenery with greater ease.

Previously announced in stages throughout 2024, the visa-free program allows citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland to visit China for up to 15 days without a visa. This is a significant step towards boosting tourism and cultural exchange between China and Europe.

But wait, there’s more!

China is actively working to simplify travel for Europeans beyond just the visa-free program. Here’s what you need to know:

Soaring European Interest:

Travel data from reveals a massive 663% increase in European bookings to China compared to 2022! This surge in interest highlights the growing desire among Europeans to explore China.

Top European Source Countries:

The UK and Germany are among the top 10 countries sending travelers to China, demonstrating a strong European market for Chinese tourism.

Popular Destinations:

Shanghai remains the top draw for Europeans, offering a captivating blend of modern marvels and ancient traditions. Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen also rank highly on European travel wishlists.

Emerging Gems:

Sanya, a stunning beach paradise on Hainan Island, and Chengdu, the vibrant capital of Sichuan province, are gaining traction as exciting new destinations for European explorers.

Beyond Visa-Free:

China is actively promoting cultural and historical attractions in collaboration with to further entice European visitors. Investments in travel infrastructure, technology, travel guides, and e-payment systems are also underway, creating a more seamless travel experience.

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