Shanghai:Shanghai is looking to add cruise passengers to its innovative visa waiver scheme. In a first for China since January 1 overseas visitors from 45 countries have been able to visit Shanghai for up to 72 hours without a visa.
The aim is now to make this visa free programme available for visitors coming onboard cruiseships, as Shanghai tries to bolster its position on the international cruise map amid fierce competition from the likes of Tianjin, Xiamen, Sanya and Hong Kong. Shanghai authorities are now just waiting for Beijing to approve the new cruise measure. [08/05/13]