The Western Chinese city of Chengdu has become the fourth city in the country to allow visa-free entry for foreign travelers. Chengdu recently (September 2013) enacted a 72-hour visa free transit policy.
The policy will be applicable to visitors from 45 countries, including Britain, the US, France and Singapore.
Under the new policy, direct transit air travelers holding third-country visas and connecting international air tickets via Chengdu can spend up to 72 hours in the city without the need for a visa.
Visitors under the new policy will not be allowed to leave the city during the transit period. Currently, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou also allow similar visa-free transit stays.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the sixth largest city in the country, is known to tourists for its Giant Panda research facility. Qatar Airways and British Airways have recently launched flights to Chengdu from Doha and London respectively.