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by Evelyn Chen
Between the busloads of tourists and the history buffs that flock to this Bund landmark to experience a piece of Shanghai’s history, the public spaces at the Fairmont Peace Hotel might not quite embody its name. But what the property lacks in tranquility, it more than makes up for in iconic status, given its storied past as the Cathay Hotel, built in 1929 and then owned by one of the city’s most notable businessmen, Sir Victor Sassoon.
on January 16th, 2013Print This Post
The doors to two of China’s hottest destination cities have just swung open a little wider. Now, travelers staying 72 hours (three days) or less are welcome to Beijing and Shanghai without the hassle of obtaining a Chinese visa — that’s an entire day more of sightseeing than the previous visa rule allowed.
For visitors to Beijing, this means an extended layover could include visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, without the stress of embassy bureaucracy.