(CNN) – China has added new cities to its list of places that many foreign tourists can visit with easier-to-obtain short term visas.
Xi'an is famous for the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while Chengdu is the home of two of China's most beloved exports ̵
However, this does not mean that tourists can simply show up in China and begin traveling without any problems.
visitors need to be from one of the 53 accepted countries, which include Australia, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.
They must also have proof that they have booked travel to a different destination via China, such as a plane ticket or cruise ship ticket or with their name on it. Hong Kong and Macau are both acceptable end destinations for transit visa purposes.
Travelers will also need to fill out a visa application form and have passport-sized photos that can be affixed to the document.
Printed-out paperwork is ideal as visitors may not be able to use their phones or access the internet while in the country.
If the country they are transiting to require a visa or other paperwork, they will need to have that already secured and on their person as well.
It is generally the best and easiest to stick with one city during a stopover, with some travelers having reported challenges for multi-city itineraries.
The new visa rulings will relax that policy slightly, but not entirely. For example, Ningbo's 144-hour visa also covers the broader Yangtze River Delta area, including Shanghai.
Hotels will often want to see a traveler's visa before allowing them to check in, and visitors are subject to fines and punishments if they overstay the time limit.
Still, for those able to obtain the G visa, the 144-hour window gives a curious traveler a good time to begin exploring China and to add a bonus to a planned holiday.