Author: life-china

[The List]: Four Art Shows To See During The CNY Holidays

As Shanghai gears up to celebrate the Chinese Dragon New Year, you might be planning to venture out of the city for some fun or to spend quality time with loved ones. However, if you find yourself staying in Shanghai, do not fret, as this city always offers something interesting. Here are a few art exhibits you can explore during the Chinese New Year. Keep in mind that they will not be open all the time. Nonetheless, there are specific days during the festival when they are open, so choose a convenient time for your visit.   Ucca Edge...

Read More

China’s new visa policies are frequently released

The visa optimization measures demonstrate China's determination and sincerity in high-level opening-up, which will help smooth personnel exchanges, strengthen economic and trade cooperation, and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges.   Next Friday, New Year's Eve, the people of China and Singapore will receive a special annual gift - mutual visa exemption between the two countries will take effect. Then, on March 1, China and Thailand will officially enter the "visa-free era." In addition to the previous short-term mutual visa exemption between Malaysia and China, the three Southeast Asian countries on the classic tourism route of "Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand" have also achieved mutual visa exemption with China. And this is just a microcosm of the expansion of China’s visa-free “circle of friends”. For some time, China has continued to optimize its visa policy, either unilaterally exempting foreign countries from visas, mutually exempting visas from other countries, or simplifying and facilitating visa procedures. A series of visa "combinations" have attracted world attention. Public opinion believes that the visa optimization measures demonstrate China's determination and sincerity in high-level opening up, help smooth personnel exchanges, stimulate tourism, strengthen economic and trade cooperation, promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and bring double benefits to the world and China. Take the lead in promoting the tourism market According to reports from People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency and others, so far, China has concluded mutual visa exemption agreements covering different passport types with more than 150 countries. Among them, we have achieved comprehensive mutual visa exemption with more than 20 countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Maldives, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Belarus, etc.; we have reached agreements or arrangements with more than 40 countries to simplify visa procedures. According to the relevant person in charge of the National Immigration Administration, as of November 17 last year, China had expanded the scope of application of the 72/144-hour transit visa-free policy to 54 countries. Since December last year, China has also granted France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, and Malaysia unilateral visa-free policy treatment. Since December 11 last year, Chinese embassies and consulates abroad have launched a temporary policy of preferential visa fees for visitors to China. Starting from January 11 this year, China's National Immigration Administration launched five new measures to further facilitate foreigners coming to China. In addition, more than 60 countries and regions offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival convenience to Chinese citizens. For a period of time, China has been continuously optimizing its visa policy, which has brought about an inclusive effect. First of all, it heated up the tourism market. For example, after Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand announced mutual visa exemptions with China, searches in the three countries soared rapidly, adding fuel to the Southeast Asian tourism craze. Taking Singapore travel as an example, Ctrip data shows that as of January 24, the number of orders from Chinese tourists to Singapore during the 2024 Spring Festival holiday has increased by more than 14 times year-on-year. So far this year, the number of orders booked by Singaporean tourists for inbound travel products to China has increased by 66% month-on-month. Natalia Bayonne, executive director of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, recently said that China’s visa-free policy shows China’s trust and confidence in the world tourism industry and will help the world tourism industry pick up again. Facilitate personnel exchanges and economic and trade investment In addition to benefiting the tourism industry, China's measures to optimize visas are also of positive significance in facilitating personnel exchanges, promoting economic and trade investment, and intensifying people-to-people and cultural exchanges. In terms of personnel exchanges, it will provide more convenience for foreigners to travel, do business, work, study and live in China. The data shows that the impact of convenience is already showing. According to statistics from the National Immigration Administration on January 1, since China implemented a unilateral visa exemption policy for ordinary passport holders from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia on December 1, 2023, as of December 2023 On the 31st, a total of 214,000 people came to China from the six countries, an increase of 28.5% from November. Among them, a total of 118,000 people came to China with ordinary passports without visas, accounting for 55.1% of the total arrivals from the six countries in the same period. In terms of economic and trade investment, business exchanges will be promoted and economic cooperation will be deepened. This has become a general consensus among industry insiders, experts and scholars. Luigi Gambardella, chairman of the China-Europe Digital Association, said that the visa-free policy makes it more convenient for European small and medium-sized enterprises to travel to China to participate in business, exhibitions and other activities. Helga Zepp LaRouche, founder and chairman of the German think tank Schiller Institute, believes that China’s expansion of visa-free policy not only makes it more convenient for citizens of Germany and other countries to travel and explore Chinese culture, but also helps to deepen bilateral economic cooperation. Specifically, consider tourism as an example. As China optimizes visas and boosts tourism, it will drive the development of transportation, hotels, catering, shopping and other related industries, increase employment opportunities, and then stimulate economic growth. For example, mutual visa exemption or unilateral visa exemption will effectively promote the recovery of China's inbound tourism market after the epidemic. For countries such as Thailand and Malaysia with tourism as their pillar industry, mutual visa exemption is even more important. Especially after being hit by the COVID-19 epidemic for three years, the tourism industry in these countries has not yet fully recovered. Mutual visa exemption with China will undoubtedly give the tourism industry a shot in the arm. According to CCTV citing comments by Zhang Yansheng, chief researcher of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, unilateral visa exemption is very important to promote personnel exchanges, and its role will be more obvious in promoting foreign investment. Furthermore, it will also bring a higher level and higher efficiency of freedom and convenience to activities such as trade in goods and services, transportation, capital, data and information exchanges. In fact, after China launched its visa facilitation policy, it also received positive responses from many relevant countries. For example, the French government announced that Chinese master’s degree diploma holders with study experience in France can obtain a five-year visa; Switzerland will provide more visa facilities for Chinese citizens and Chinese companies investing in Switzerland; Ireland expressed its willingness to actively consider providing more convenience for Chinese citizens to visit Ireland and welcome more Chinese companies to invest and establish business in Ireland... Outsiders believe that as the visa reciprocity policy continues to expand, it will effectively promote China's exchanges with relevant countries and further tighten the bonds of mutually beneficial cooperation between China and relevant countries. Changing stereotypes about China In terms of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, optimizing visas will be conducive to exchanges in education, science and technology, culture and other fields, further expand people-to-people exchanges, and promote people-to-people bonds. After China and Thailand signed the mutual visa exemption agreement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his belief that there will be a new upsurge in exchanges between the two peoples. Luo Zhangwu, president of the Malaysia-China Legal Federation, also pointed out that China’s introduction of the visa-free policy for Malaysia will make it easier for people from the two countries to meet and communicate, greatly facilitate business cooperation between the two countries’ enterprises, and enhance close exchanges between the two peoples. Others believe that promoting exchanges and communication between different countries and cultures can help eliminate mutual misunderstandings and lay a solid foundation for deepening relations between countries....

Read More

Electric tricycles from china become the new favorite of overseas consumers?

"Reverse, please pay attention, reverse, please pay attention...!" Along with the familiar sound of prompts resounding on the streets of foreign countries, the overseas sales of electric tricycle have attracted a lot of attention. Videos on social platforms show that in the hands of foreign "riders", the electric tricycle has become an all-rounder, capable of carrying goods and pulling people. Has electric tricycle also become the new favorite of overseas consumers? Electric tricycle became popular abroad How did electric tricycle become popular abroad? Recently, a Chinese blogger who was married to the United States shared a video on an overseas social platform and said that he purchased an electric tricycle online as a Christmas gift for his father-in-law. The price is about US$600 (approximately RMB 4,300), and her father-in-law was full of praise after receiving the gift. The video posted by the blogger showed that she publicly took her family out for a ride on her tricycle, which attracted passers-by to watch. Some people offered to buy the car on the spot. When the car was registered locally, the police officer in charge called the car "so cool" and said that he was absolutely willing to drive such a car on the road. The reporter contacted the relevant manufacturers of electric tricycles, and a salesperson said that they had paid attention to the relevant videos. Recently, the factory has been shipping cars abroad every day, and overseas sales have shown a significant upward trend. Consumers can directly customize the battery capacity, carriage length, vehicle roof, etc. according to their needs, and they will deliver the goods to the relevant export warehouses. Overseas users use electric tricycle to pull haystacks. Why is electric tricycle so popular? Why are the electric tricycle that can be seen everywhere on domestic streets and alleys so popular among overseas consumers? A video widely circulated on overseas social platforms is quite convincing. In the video, the electric tricycle can be equipped with ordinary tires to pull passengers through the city, and it can also be equipped with off-road tires and serve as a utility vehicle to move sand, transport fodder, and tow cars... it can do everything. It has many advantages such as easy use, fast charging, and durability. According to Zhang Xiang, a researcher at the Automotive Industry Innovation Research Center of North China University of Technology and director of Vodafor Digital Automotive International Cooperation Research Center, domestic electric tricycles have the triple advantages of low price, good quality, and mature technology. Compared with foreign countries, China has a large population and a large proportion of rural population. Electric tricycle has a wide audience. Therefore, the technology is relatively mature and the industrial supporting facilities are complete. Zhang Xiang said that developed countries mainly focus on four-wheeled cars, and the market capacity of three-wheeled vehicles is small. They will not take the initiative to produce tricycles, and the relevant technology is relatively lacking. Although developing countries such as Southeast Asia have greater demand, they are still mainly importing and do not have an environment for related industries. Therefore, China is still in a leading position in the technical level of electric tricycles.   Electric tricycle is used as a tractor.  Electric tricycle also need to be intelligent. In fact, with the rapid development of smart cars in our country, electric tricycles have also caught up with the trend of "intelligent network connection". The reporter browsed the product introduction pages of many electric two-wheeled vehicles and three-wheeled vehicles and found that in addition to customizing awnings and storage boxes according to users' travel needs, these products are also equipped with various intelligent components that can be unlocked using Bluetooth APP. It can also connect to the Internet and implement functions such as NFC card swiping. Zhang Xiang told reporters that most domestic electric two-wheeled vehicles and three-wheeled vehicles have intelligent network connectivity functions that can be connected to mobile phones to achieve automatic unlocking, positioning and other functions. "These functions are not available abroad. The domestically produced electric tricycle has attracted consumers abroad to try them out." "After more than ten years of development, China's smart products have become very mature and have strong international competitiveness." In Zhang Xiang's view, intelligence has brought us huge industrial opportunities. Strengthening exports can effectively resolve the risks of overcapacity, which is of great positive significance.  ...

Read More

Many Security Risks For Online “Renter” Services In China

"Rent your boyfriend/girlfriend home to help you get rid of the worries of getting married" "You can take wedding photos, hold a formal wedding, and see your parents and friends" "Rent yourself as a bridesmaid for 300 yuan, and add 100 yuan for rehearsal one day in advance"... approaching At the end of the year, the "rent yourself" business became more popular on some online platforms, claiming that they could provide services such as chatting, playing with, and role-playing, and listed prices, advantages and other information on the details page. A reporter from the "Rule of Law Daily" recently...

Read More

International hotel giants continue to optimistic about China

International hotel giants continue to be optimistic about the Chinese market and accelerate their deployment at the beginning of the new year. On January 23, Marriott International and China's local hotel brand Delu Group jointly announced the signing of a cooperation agreement. Marriott will grant its Tribute Choice brand to some New Century Hotels and other high-end brands managed by Delu Group under a franchise model. , for joint cooperation. In the future, these cooperative hotels will be launched on both parties’ own official booking channels and join the loyalty membership programs of both parties. Delu Group, chaired by...

Read More
All resources on this site are collected from the Internet, and the copyright belongs to the original author. If you infringe your rights and interests, please contact us, we will deal with it as soon as possible.