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Here you find an overview of all Top Activities China and the latest destination news posted about China

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Top Activities China

Customisable Hong Kong City Tour

Customisable Hong Kong City Tour - 

Let Crown DMC lead you through Hong Kong’s cultural landmarks. It delivers customised city tours that are tailored to immerse visitors into the rich culture and heritage of this dynamic city, making it an unforgettable experience.

Discover Both Historic and Modern Wonders

Start your exploration with some of the greatest cultural sites in Hong Kong. In Central, see ancient temples against modern skyscrapers. Man Mo Temple is a serene place among the chaos where incense burns and carvings are made.

Kowloon’s Rich Heritage Unveiled

Kowloon has so much culture to absorb! The streets of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are full of vibrant markets where you can buy exotic fruits or handmade crafts from street sellers. Wong Tai Sin Temple is also worth visiting because of its fortune telling habits and beautiful gardens that give an insight into how locals practice spirituality.

Lantau Island – a Haven of Tranquility

Lantau Island has a slower speed than the rest. Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride promises stunning views over South China Sea and breathtaking landscapes. There is no rush in Po Lin Monastery while Tian Tan Buddha gazes tranquilly over his kingdom.

Experience Tasty Cuisines

You must eat in Hong Kong; so many restaurants serve delicious food around every corner. For food enthusiasts who want to try out different flavors, Crown DMC arranges halts at local food establishments including Michelin rated hotels and traditional tea houses for dim sum breakfasts or lunches. As you explore gourmet places in Hong Kong, enjoy tasting char siu roast pork, egg tarts and freshly steamed dumplings.

Tailored Experiences for Every Interest

Crown DMC makes tours that match your individual needs best like nobody else on earth does. Whether being a historical expert or a culinary addict or just an admirer of nature, our guides will plan the best itinerary for you. These are special spots that no one else knows about, and they represent what Hong Kong is all about.

Plan Now for Your Customized City Tour

Crown DMC invites visitors to experience the city’s culture and history on specially designed city tours. Our meticulously planned itinerary is aimed at making sure that you have a seamless and fulfilling tour as well as getting you to appreciate the unique charm of this vibrant place.

Make a Reservation for your Customisable Hong Kong City Tour!

Explore Crown DMC’s cultural landmarks in Hong Kong. Here is where modernity meets traditionalism; it has delicious foodstuffs and beautiful scenery. For more details on how to start planning your custom made trip to Hong Kong, call Crown DMC today.

Cooking Class Beijing - top 5 activity

Cooking Class Beijing

Chinese cuisine has a history in china that spans across thousands of years and changes over time with different periods and regions based on local climatic conditions and people’s tastes, which more often than not were influenced by different cultures’ cuisines.

Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan and Zhejiang are China’s Eight Culinary Cuisines.

Chinese cuisine has had an impact on many other Asian cuisines and beyond; for example did you know that Song dynasty China during the 11th and 12th centuries was home to the first restaurants? Amazingly right?

Cooking Class Beijing

It is a very popular event among customers as it is fun filled, social oriented where food plays a big role.

This cooking class teaches guests about Chinese food culture, cooking techniques as well as regional cuisine. During your 3-hour cooking class in Beijing unravel ancient mysteries of Chinese cuisine.

Don’t miss out on this chance to study Cookery Techniques, Ingredients Used In Making Dishes And The Eating Habits Constituting What We Now Know As Chinese Food.

If you could like us at Crown DMC China to arrange this for you and your clients we would be happy. It will be such a memorable experience for you when traveling away from home because it would be highly fruitful undertaking for your visit.

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Dim Sum Dash in China

Dim Sum Dash in China -

Ni hao, foodies and adventure seekers! We have whipped up an experience that is as hot as a frying pan and as tasty as your favourite dumpling – introducing the “Dim Sum Dash,” a culinary adventure extravaganza where you will eat China’s great food culture one bite at a time.

For instance, imagine busy street markets with the delicious smell of Baozi, Dumplings and many more delicacies in the air.

This invitation allows locals and international gastronomes to explore a unique escapade that crisscrosses through the vibrant streets of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and so on. To simplify it further: with maps in hand; a list of finger licking dishes; hungry stomachs; all participants must race through crowded alleys seeking for hidden treasure by satisfying their palates.

Forget about traditional sightseeing – this is a race to discover the heart and soul of China through its delectable street food. Can you just picture yourself savoring bowls of warm savory noodles amidst clamor in Hutong or negotiating prices with hawkers for that perfect scallion pancake? This is a palate trip that will see you cheery with gan bei every corner!

To participate in the Dim Sum Dash bring along an empty stomach and an appetite for exploring local cuisine. You don't need any fancy chef skills or need to be some kind of Michelin star critic- just come with your taste buds and hunger for something new. By eating more dishes you can get closer to being declared Dim Sum Dynamo at the end line who receives a grand feast.

So if you are ready to spice up your experience in China, make sure to pack chopsticks, wear comfortable shoes because Dim Sum Dash awaits.

For more information contact Crown DMC

Crown DMC China

Are you in search of a reliable Destination Management Company in China? Crown DMC stands as a distinguished choice among our curated selection of premier DMCs all around the world.

China, a land steeped in rich history and modern vibrancy, offers an array of captivating experiences. From the iconic Great Wall to the cosmopolitan allure of Shanghai, Crown DMC ensures a seamless exploration of this culturally diverse and vast nation.

If you choose to collaborate with Crown DMC, you get the full support of seasoned professionals in event planning. Whether it comes to orchestrating corporate conferences or group excursions, Crown DMC can perfectly plan the whole trip and create an unforgettable experience.

What sets Crown DMC apart is their commitment to tailoring experiences with delight in mind. This entails immersing your clients in the rich tapestry of Chinese traditions, exploring architectural wonders like the Forbidden City, and savoring the diverse flavors of Chinese cuisine.

If you’re ready to present your clients with unforgettable adventures in China, Crown DMC is your ideal partner. Contact us for customized proposals.

Latest destination news China

Travel Visa Free to Thailand for 93 Countries

Travel Visa Free to Thailand for 93 Countries - 

Thailand has introduced an extended visa-free entry system for citizens of 93 countries. From July 15, 2024, citizens of these countries may stay in the country without a visa for up to 60 days. This is more than twice as long as the previous policy which allowed stays of one month. It will promote tourism and foster international relations with many nations.

Key points on Travel Visa Free to Thailand for 93 Countries:
  • Extension of Stay: Instead of thirty days, it allows visitors from fifty-seven states to stay sixty days.
  • Additional Countries: Thirty-six new states were included in this program so that now it encompasses ninety-three countries altogether.
  • Boost To Tourism: The idea is if Thailand simplify travel rules and extend duration then people will come to visit.
Countries Eligible For This Benefit:

Here are the Countries falling under this policy:

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

Benefits of the Policy:
  • Tourism and Economy: By giving visitors an additional month it is expected that more people will be able to explore different areas within Thailand thus spending money on local businesses hence boosting economy.
  • Cultural Exchange: Different people coming from various cultural backgrounds take time to understand each other better when they stay longer in one place such as Thailand.
  • Ease of Travel: Such hassle-free procedures allow travellers to plan trips abroad where they can spend extended periods in particular countries while still being able visit others within the same trip.

Implications & Expectations:

This move shows how much effort Thailand is putting towards improving its tourism industry as well as making more it accessible to international tourists. The extra month enables holiday makers not only to see all that this country has to offer but also do so at their own pace thereby appreciating every part of her ancient civilization; natural endowments like sandy beaches or snow-capped mountains; lively cities full of action around clock among many other things worth exploring during their stay.

There has never been a better time for travel lovers or adventurers looking to try something new than now, when you can enter Thailand with absolutely no problems. Plan your trip today and prepare for longer visa-free stays as you explore everything this amazing country has in store. Don’t wait – contact our DMC in Thailand to help plan the perfect trip!

China Introduces Visa-Free Travel for Australia and parts of Europe

China Introduces Visa-Free Travel for Australia and parts of Europe - 

China recently introduced a visa-free policy for Australian nationals, a significant move that will strengthen relations between the two countries and promote tourism. The initiative also several european countries with an aim of reviving global travel and promoting cultural and economic exchange between China and its partners worldwide. This policy is effective until the end of 2025, making it easier for Traellers from Australia, Ireland and Germany to travel around China’s historical sites, bustling cities and picturesque landscapes.

Highlights of China Introduces Visa-Free Travel for Australia and parts of Europe:
  • Tourism Slump: In 2023, there were only 35.5 million foreign entries into China compared to 97.7 million in 2019 which was as a result of decline due to the pandemic. To reverse this trend China has introduced a visa-free policy for Australia and 11 European countries, including Spain, Italy, and France, Germany, Ireland
  • Phased Rollout of the Initiative: The plan seeks to attract more luxury travellers who would combine business trips with leisure activities while also creating chances for interaction between Chinese citizens and foreigners.
Mutual Benefits of the Visa-Free Policy

The new visa free policy between China and Australia is expected benefit both nations through promotion of tourism,cultural exchange as well economic development:

For China: It enhances growth within the tourism sector thus boosting local businesses; fostering cultural understanding between different parts of the world while also strengthening diplomatic relations with other countries.

For Australia: This move simplifies travel arrangements thereby promoting business partnerships among entrepreneurs from two nations; encouraging educational exchanges between students attending schools/universities located in either country hence leading increased number of Chinese tourists who might wish to visit various tourist destinations across Australia thereby benefiting hospitality industry greatly as well.

This policy will lead to mutual benefits and enhance bilateral relations between these two countries.Some of the suggested places where you can go include Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or Guilin among others. Reach out to our DMC in China today for more information!

New Shanghai-Brussels Route Launched

New Shanghai-Brussels route launched by Juneyao Air starting from July 3, 2024. The service is direct on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to keep two vibrant cities globally connected and make life easier for passengers. At 01:55, from Shanghai Pudong International Airport Flight HO 1659 lands at Brussels International Airport at 08:15 local time. Return journey on Flight HO 1660 takes off from Brussels at 11:50 a.m., landing in Shanghai the following day at 5:05 a.m.

Highlights of the Shanghai-Brussels Route
  • Cutting-edge Planes: Experience comfortable travel in Juneyao Air’s Dreamliner type Boeing787-9.
  • Luxury Business Class: For an extra comfy journey, this class offers premium services and a spacious arrangement.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Keep in touch throughout your flight to enhance productivity and entertainment.
  • Efficient Luggage Handling: Smooth travel is accomplished by checking luggage directly into final destinations.

This expansion represents a milestone for Juneyao Air as it improves its network worldwide and shows commitment towards offering high-level services. Apart from supporting China-Belgium economic ties, the Shanghai-Brussels route also encourages cultural interaction and tourism development. Efficient travel between the bustling commercial center of Shanghai and vibrant European cultural Brussels can now be achieved easily by travelers.

With 95 aircrafts operating under its name and another twenty-four contributed by its subsidiary branch known as “9 AIR”, Juneyao Air has continued to expand in the aviation industry. This new destination demonstrates airline’s efforts to meet diverse needs of clients while providing strong connections across continents in the form of direct flights.

Juneyao Air will offer seamless trips between Asia and Europe. New Shanghai-Brussels Route Launched. 

Brussels is a fantastic place to visit and should certainly be considered for you next group trip! This City has many fun things to do with your group. Check out our fantastic DMC in Belgium to plan your next trip

New Airline Routes Launching Worldwide July 2024

New Airline Routes Launching Worldwide July 2024 - 

As summer travel season begina, airlines are announcing numerous new routes globally in July 2024 that present travellers with more destination options and improve worldwide connections. Here’s a glimpse at some of the most significant additions:

New Connections in Americas

Starting July 6, Aerolineas Argentinas will launch weekly flights from Buenos Aires Aeroparque J. Newbery (AEP) to Porto Seguro (BPS) . This will open up the famous Brazilian coastal city to Argentine tourists who would love to spend their summer vacations there.

From the 1st of July, Aeromexico will introduce an everyday service from Mexico City Juarez (MEX) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) thus enhancing connectivity between Mexico and the southeastern United States.

Beginning on July 1, United Airlines will operate daily flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Montreal (YUL)  hence improving air transport accessibility between these two major cities.

Also starting on July 3, LATAM Airlines Group is commencing daily flights on Bogota (colombia) (BOG)-Madrid (MAD)-787-8 route for enhanced transatlantic availability.

Alaska Airlines is extending its global footprint by introducing nonstop services from Los Angeles (LAX) to La Paz (Bolivia) (LAP) and Monterrey (Mexico) (MTY) exclusive only beginning February 2025-thus becoming the sole US airline operating a direct flight service into these vibrant Mexican destinations.

Delta Air Lines is set to operate 14 weekly flights between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) starting July 8th as a move towards improving domestic connectivity.

Expansions in Europe

Once a week Air France willconnect Paris Charles de Gaulle with Kalamata Greece  starting from July 6th thus availing this Greek city to tourists seeking something different.

Effective July 1st,Austrian Airlines will begin six weekly fights from Vienna (VIE) to Boston Logan (BOS) in order to increase the number of transatlantic services.

Eurowings will connect Berlin Brandenburg to Casablanca (Morocco) once a week from July 21st expanding its North Africa destinations list.

By July 4, Ryanair has plans of having twice weekly flights from Bristol (BRS) to Prague (PRG) thus extending its European network.

New Routes in Asia

From the end of July, Air China is starting three weekly trips between Chengdu (TFU)-Milan Malpensa(MXP) so as to increase accessibilities from China into Italy.

China Airlines will start conducting five flights per week from Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan(TPE)/Seattle-Tacoma(SEA) beginning July 14th hence providing more pacific rim connections.

From the first of July, Thai AirAsia will introduce daily services plying Bangkok Don Mueang(DMK)-Beijing Daxing(PKX)-A320neo thus increasing traveling by Thai people to china.

Starting on the 18th of July, Jin Air will launch daily flights Seoul Incheon(ICN)/Panglao(TAG) thus making it easy for tourists wishing to visit the Philippines have access places they want with ease.

Expanding Travel in Africa and Middle-East

Starting on July 23rd, Egyptair begins flying twice every week between Cairo(CAI)/Lisbon(LIS) which adds to European connections.

On the 1st of July, Gulf Air is launching four weekly flights from Bahrain (BAH)/Munich(MUC) thus enhancing air connections between the Middle East and Europe.

A four times a week service from Mombasa (MBA) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) will be commenced by Jambojet on July 1st  as a move to enhance regional connectivity in East Africa.

Long Haul Flights from Australia

Qantas Airways is launching the route between Perth (PER) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), which will operate four times weekly,  starting July 12th. This will offer Australian travellers another way of flying long distances to Europe.

These New Airline Routes Launching Worldwide July 2024 are an indication of their determination to spread out their networks and give customers more travel choices. Starting this July, people can now explore numerous fresh places for either business or leisure purposes.

Visa free Travel to China

Visa free Travel to China - 

China’s new visa-free policy throws open its doors to tourists from 195 countries, making it possible for visitors to come see this fascinating country. Making travel to China easier than ever before! The main purpose of the initiative is to greatly stimulate the tourism industry in China. The rich culture, stunning landscapes and vibrant cities of China are now accessible to visitors who will not be required to obtain visas.

The most fascinating aspect of such policy involves cruise ship travellers. For group tours that arrive in China on a cruise liner, you can enter the country without a visa for up to a fortnight. Thirteen coastal cities fit into this category including popular destinations like Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian and Xiamen. Picture cruising into Shanghai and spending your days roaming busy streets with historic sites along beautiful waterfronts without having any immigration papers hassle!

Besides these cities, this visa-free entry will enable tourists to also visit their respective provinces directly under central government administration along the coast as well the capital city Beijing .You can see how great the Great Wall is ,walk around in the Forbidden City ,or feel the charm in different parts of China.

In addition to this, seven more cruise ports have been included in China’s expanded visa free transit policy that now covers: Dalian ,Lianyungan,Wenzhou,Zhoushan ,Guangzhou Shenzhen Beihai.Thus simplifying transit procedures for foreign guests sailing by sea.

However despite all these fabulous new policies, attracting international tourists has proven an uphill task for Chinese authorities recently. Nevertheless ASEAN/Schengen/Gulf countries are targeted by such bold moves made by Chinese leaders; it includes Thailand,Singapore,Malaysia and many European countries such as France ,Italy Spain or Germany.

Moreover apart from maritime routes china also focuses on airport-air connectivity improvement and expansion of high-speed rail lines to ASEAN countries and Europe meaning you’ll get smooth and fast travel options within China and beyond to improve your overall travel experience.

Some of the 195 countries that have Visa Free Travel to China 

  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Azerbaijan
  •  Armenia
  •  Uzbekistan
  •  Indonesia
  •  Vietnam
  •  Myanmar
  •  Thailand
  •  Malaysia
  • Cambodia
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • Oman

With these efforts,China is not just opening its doors but will be rolling out the red carpet for international travellers. Whether you arrive by sea or air; this new visa-free policy makes visiting China easier as well as more attractive. So pack up and get ready to explore the wonders of China from ancient sites to modern marvels! The adventure of a lifetime awaits! 

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Increased Travel Links between Melbourne - China

Increased Travel Links between Melbourne - China

Next month, Melbourne in Australia could will see a huge rise in air links with China. This follows increased operations by China Eastern Airlines, which will raise the frequency of its Melbourne-Shanghai service and launch new flights between Melbourne and Nanjing. The eastern Chinese city of Nanjing is home to nearly 10 million people and currently has no direct connection to Melbourne.

The government of Victoria state has been instrumental in supporting these new routes, which are expected to carry significant numbers of passengers. Some 100,000 extra seats will be available each year on the back of this growth – injecting AUD205m ($150m) into the local economy – … not only boosting the tourism industry but transforming the entire economic landscape of the region.

Jim Young, general manager marketing & sales Oceania at China Eastern Airlines described it as a “significant moment” for his airline. He said: “The upcoming expansion of flights from Shanghai to Melbourne coupled with the launch of Melbourne-Nanjing services will contribute significantly to China Eastern Airlines’ continued growth and stability within the Australian, particularly Victorian, aviation market.”

Increased Travel Links between Melbourne - China

These new links are set to position Melbourne as an even more attractive destination for incentive travel by Chinese companies. The city’s mix of modern architecture, historical charm and vibrant street art offers an immersive urban environment that will capture visiting groups’ imaginations. Meanwhile Melbourne’s iconic laneways filled with trendy cafes, boutique shops and eye-catching murals provide a colourful backdrop against which to explore the city’s eclectic culture while lush parks and gardens punctuate its skyline offering tranquil retreats from bustling streets.

Yet beyond its cosmopolitan appeal and world-class attractions, Melbourne also provides a gateway into rest-of-Australia touring opportunities like no other city can match. Its strategic position affords seamless access to diverse landscapes across this vast country enabling incentive groups to combine a dynamic urban stay with visits to natural phenomena. From sun-drenched beaches and rugged coastal wildernesses through the vast outback to iconic wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, there is no limit on how incredible itineraries can be made.

Melbourne’s unique blend of sophistication and splendour therefore makes it an ideal hub for incentive travel where Arinex DMC can design programs that showcase both sides of life here. But more than just helping boost this city’s tourism industry, better connecting China also establishes Melbourne as an international business and leisure destination in its own right too.

As Melbourne prepares itself for an influx of visitors from China, its tourism and hospitality sectors are gearing up to deliver outstanding experiences. The expected surge in Chinese arrivals will inevitably lead to further investment in infrastructure, services and facilities across the board – ensuring that Melbourne remains one of Australia’s leading destinations well into future years. With these additional flights, however, not only will many more people be able to visit Melbourne but also there will be greater cultural exchange between Australia and China as well as stronger economic ties.

Plan your next trip to Australia here

Brussels Airport Announces 9 New Destinations and 6 new Airlines with 178 destinations on offer

Brussels Airport Announces 9 New Destinations

Spring may be late but as anticipated on 31st March, the summer season at Brussels airport will open again with a number of classic sunny destinations and new routes. For this summer, travellers from Brussels will have direct flights to 178 destinations in 64 countries through the 64 airlines operating there. The other eight are Singapore, China’s Shanghai, Kenya’s Nairobi, Norway’s Bergen, Poland’s Krakow; Italy’s Bari; Romania’s Bacau and Turkey’s Gazipasa. Additionally, Brive-la-Gaillarde Vallée de la Dordogne Valley is also expected to touch down at Brussels Airport for the first time.

Like last year's three-month break millions of Europeans can opt for distant trip or stay near their homes using city trip or spending family holidays by the sea or visiting friends abroad: 178 direct connections all over the world with air carriers (among which six are new ones) offer something to everyone.

Useful information:

Summer season has brought 178 direct routes from Belgium served by 64 air companies. They have added another 8 new destinations including Singapore, Shanghai, Nairobi,Bergen,Krakow,Bari,Bacau,Gazipasa. Also they’ve got Juneyao Airlines,Hainan Airlines and Singapore Airlines among six additions this year.

Brussels Airlines will introduce two new services this summer: Nairobi and Krakow. In addition they plan on buying one A330-300 aircraft and three A320neos thereby enabling them to operate on a total of 88 destinations. This includes their presence in Sub-Saharan Africa that consists of eighteen cities and two North American centres. Moreover Transavia will park its third aircraft at Brussels Airport for the period.

United Airlines is planning a second daily flight to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) therefore making four flights per day only from there. Air Canada has decided to serve more flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) while Air Transat is putting on more services between Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and YYZ.

Air Arabia Maroc has enriched its Moroccan network with two new routes: Tetouan (TTU) and Rabat-Sale (RBA). Therefore, the total of them within Morocco is seven.

This summer Brussels Airport has a strong schedule that satisfies customers’ various needs both for Europe and even beyond!


Air China Launches One Stop South America Route

Air China Launches One Stop South America Route - 

Going by the given instructions, there are some fantastic news you need to be prepared for in aviation. Air China is preparing to restart its flight services to South America from this April and it’s a big deal! This move is making waves in the aviation industry, especially because it will introduce the world's longest one-stop flight service.

So what is the scoop? Well, two times per week, Air China will fly from Beijing Capital to São Paulo, which is directly serving São Paulo’s Chinese Brazilian population. Cool, huh?

When looking at Cirium’s cool data on flight schedules for May – August 2024 even on GCMap distances really show that this route stands out among others.

Now there are other long-distance routes like Aeromexico’s Mexico City-Monterrey-Seoul and KLM’s Amsterdam-Buenos Aires-Santiago but they cannot compare with Air China’s new service. Over the last couple of decades, many carriers have offered single stop flights between Asia and South America albeit none has provided direct links from China except Air China.

Nonetheless this isn’t Air China’s first time on this route. Initially they had started flying from China via Madrid to South America back in December 2006. Over the years, it has seen different upgrades starting with Boeing 767 then moving onto Airbus A330-200 before finally shifting into more fuel efficient Boeing 787-9s come year 2017.Unfortunately due to Covid-19 pandemic they had to stop operating but now they are back!

Important details about the One Stop South America Route:

Flights from Beijing to Madrid and then on to São Paulo will operate on Thursdays and Sundays

This is a rare daytime service from South America across Europe

The journey to Brazil will take just under 26 hours

the return trip to China will be around 22 and a half hours

This comeback does not only demonstrate that Air China remains devoted to interconnecting continents but also it gives tourists and the global Chinese community more options. It will definitely promote tourism and strengthen cultural ties between China, Spain and Brazil. So fasten your seat belts because here is a new way of flying between China and South America.

Plan your next trip here

Direct Flights between Mexico City and Shenzhen

Direct Flights between Mexico City and Shenzhen - 

Get ready for an exciting journey as China Southern Airlines, the nation's largest carrier, embarks on its maiden voyage from Mexico City with nonstop flights to and from Shenzhen, commencing 17th  April, 2024. This will be a twice weekly route. This exciting news makes further travel to Hong Kong and Thailand etc much easier. 

Key Highlights:

  • Historic Flight Route: Covering over 16 hours across the Pacific, this trailblazing route marks China's longest flight and one of the planet's lengthiest regular journeys, spanning 14,147 kilometers (8,790 miles).
  • Strategic Move: Despite logistical challenges, China Southern's decision underscores Mexico's growing allure as a business gateway, attracting Chinese enterprises seeking alternative routes.
  • Economic Momentum: With burgeoning bilateral trade and investments, China's direct engagement with Mexico surged to $587 million in 2022, setting a record high, indicative of the strengthening economic ties.
  • Trade Boost: As commerce flourishes, Chinese businesses, including Tesla suppliers like BYD Co., are establishing manufacturing footholds in Mexico, amplifying exports and diversifying market access.
  • Resilient Partnership: Despite pandemic-induced disruptions, both countries' commitment to fostering trade remains unwavering, with China Southern's new service paving the way for enhanced connectivity and collaboration.

Direct Flights between Mexico City and Shenzhen

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said :

“We reiterated our commitment to continue maintaining good relations for the benefit of our people and our nations,”

This landmark initiative symbolizes the deepening partnership between China and Mexico, fostering mutual prosperity and paving the way for future collaborations. Buckle up for a journey of growth, innovation, and opportunity! 

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China Expands Visa-Free Travel to Six European Countries

China Expands Visa-Free Travel to Six European Countries -

Great news for wanderlusters! A new 15-day visa-free travel policy makes it possible for more tourists from six extra European countries to enjoy China. Starting on March 14 and ending on November 30, 2024, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg citizens can enter China without a visa.

Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg have been added to the list of countries whose nationals may enjoy visa-free entry into China.

Reasons for traveling

In addition to business visits and tourism purposes ordinary passport holders of these six countries may also pass through China or visit the country within the stated period without any form of visa since they are going on transit or visiting friends and relatives here.

What is the meaning?

This move demonstrates that China is committed to facilitating foreigners’ visits by promoting personnel exchanges and building fast-track networks for cross-border travels.

Any diplomatic significance?

Yes. This year alone saw Chinese Premier Li Qiang promise during his meeting with Swiss President Viola Amherd in January that her countrymen would get unilateral free access into China. The pledge was part of efforts aimed at forging closer diplomatic ties between Beijing and Bern besides boosting economic cooperation between them.
China Expands Visa-Free Travel to Six European Countries

The new development is aligned with Beijing’s desire to foster worldwide ties while making it easier for people from abroad come here either temporarily or permanently hence enhance mutual understanding among different cultures at such times when there are higher demands for various types of communications across borders than ever before due mainly but not limited solely globalization which necessitates establishment many more international linkages even though they might seem unnecessary initially given current technological advances especially those related air transport industry where flights can cover very long distances faster than other modes like rail or road thus reducing travel time significantly thereby increasing efficiency levels significantly also consequently further improving quality standards globally throughout all sectors involved both directly indirectly related tourism being one them hence this move will no doubt benefit the tourism industry not only locally but also internationally provided other countries reciprocate by allowing Chinese passport holders enter their territories without having to apply for visas additionally each nation should encourage its citizens visit another state during this trial period so as enable them appreciate diversity within humanity while still recognizing commonalities among different peoples across globe.

China has expanded its visa-free travel scheme to six European nations in an effort to build bridges between countries and simplify global connections, it said on Tuesday. The country hopes that by doing so there will be a greater understanding of different cultures during what is considered a time when communication across borders has never been more necessary due mainly (but not limited solely) globalization which necessitates establishment many more international linkages even though they might seem unnecessary initially given current technological advances especially those related air transport industry where flights can cover very long distances faster than other modes like rail or road thus reducing travel time significantly thereby increasing efficiency levels significantly also consequently further improving quality standards globally throughout all sectors involved both directly indirectly related tourism being one them.

The announcement comes after promises made earlier this year by China’s Premier Li Qiang at a meeting with Swiss President Viola Amherd. At the same conference, Beijing agreed to give Swiss citizens visa-free access to the country- a move that was welcomed as strengthening diplomatic relations and economic ties between the two countries.

Giant Panda

Breaking down barriers between nations through simplified border crossings could open up new possibilities for travellers. Whether you are an adventurer eager to see the Great Wall of China, a business person looking for manufacturing opportunities in Shenzhen or a backpacker seeking enlightenment from ancient Buddhist temples in Chengdu, this trial period offers something special for everyone.

The program builds on commitments made by Premier Li Qiang when he met with Swiss President Viola Amherd stating that Switzerland will receive unilateral free entry into China among other things which are aimed at deepening ties between Beijing and Bern as well as boosting economic cooperation both sides.

The move expands on China’s previous moves to simplify visa procedures for people from around the world. In 2016, the country introduced a 30-day visa-free stay for tourists visiting Hainan Island, and in 2017 it extended the same policy to non-Chinese visitors of several cities in Liaoning province.

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Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year!

The people in Asia are about to welcome the year of the dragon with a bang as they celebrate lunar new year starting Saturday, 10th February! Whether you’re preparing for traditional festivities or just taking in the vibrant atmosphere there is no doubt that there’s a feeling of anticipation.

Lunar New Year means families coming together to share tales, laughter and yummy food. Think dumplings, spring rolls and tangyuan – just some of the mouth-watering treats on offer.

Traditionally, there are mesmerizing dragon and lion dances which bring streets alive with colour and energy. Fireworks light up the night sky symbolizing driving away evil spirits and welcoming good fortune.

Now is the perfect time to explore Asian culture if you’ve been wondering about it. From the significance of zodiac animals to age-old rituals believed to bring prosperity and luck each part of Lunar New Year reveals an insight into customs passed on through generations over centuries.

Take advantage of this moment whether you are right at heart of Asia or halfway around world, let yourself be immersed in magic that accompanies Lunar New Year.

May you have a joyous and prosperous Dragon Year from all our team at Body & Soul International and our DMCs in Asia!

Contact Crown DMC to plan your next trip to China, Contact Phoenix Voyages to plan your next trip to Indochina, or Kelana DMC for your next trip to Bali or check our other DMCs for Asia

Non-stop flights to China are back in operation

International Airlines are flying once again to China - here are the latest two:

China and Hong Kong: KLM has announced that it will add more flights to China beginning on March 26th, 2023.  KLM plans to increase the number of flights to China with a non-stop from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) three times a week. Departures to Hong Kong will be on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Beijing and Shanghai:The Dutch carrier will also launch flights to Beijing International airport (PEK) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) . These flights will start with six weekly flights before moving to daily services in May. 

And more great news about Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong to Johannesburg
The Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific have announced that it will resume direct flights between the Chinese territory and South Africa . On August 2nd, the flights will restart and be operated three times a week. 
Here you find other airlines that have started flying to China again: namely: Delta airlines, United, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Japan airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Egypt Air, Kenyan Airways and more



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