Beijing Capital International Airport // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Earlier this month, Beijing announced a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for travelers from 45 countries, a list that includes the U.S. The intention is to promote Beijing to a wider cross-section of travelers, since visitors will be able to manage a brief experience of Beijing without applying for a visa. Beijing Capital International Airport will provide special services for qualified foreign tourists utilizing the 72-hour free-visa. These services include assistance with transfers, help from designated guides, mobile phone rental, foreign currency exchange, car rental and storage of luggage.