Guangzhou is set to join Beijing and Shanghai on August 1 in launching 72-hour visa-free transit for nationals of 45 countries, including major tourist sources, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
The key stipulations are, “Travellers seeking the visa must have an outbound plane ticket to a third country. Those returning to their country of origin will not be eligible, nor will those arriving by bus, train or ferry from Hong Kong or Macau.”
Travelers will be able to travel anywhere in Guangdong Province. Get whatever documentation you can upon arrival because hotels typically must register guests with the local Public Security Bureau by scanning/copying passports and visa information, and this will be new to hotels, especially in smaller towns.
Guangzhou itself is primarily a business hub for manufacturers and traders, though has its tourist gems, such as Shamian Island and my favorite, right by the Canton Trade Fair halls, the Western Han Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum.
Sichuan’s Chengdu has been approve for visa-free transit though has not set a date; Tianjin’s application is pending.