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‘China’s Hawaii’ Opens Door Wider to International Travelers

Foreign tourists take photos in front of the Guanyin of Nanshan, a 354-foot-tall statue of the bodhisattva Guanyin, in Sanya, Hainan province on Feb. 17. Photo: VCG
Foreign tourists take photos in front of the Guanyin of Nanshan, a 354-foot-tall statue of the bodhisattva Guanyin, in Sanya, Hainan province on Feb. 17. Photo: VCG

The island province of Hainan will fling its door wide to international tourists on May 1, when it begins granting visa-free stays to 59 nationalities amid a push to transform itself into “China’s Hawaii.”

The new program covers passport holders from countries in Europe and the Americas such as the U.S, Canada, Brazil, Britain, France and Norway, as well as some Asian countries, including South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Thailand, according to a statement issued by China’s State Immigration Administration on Wednesday (link in Chinese).

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