Hi Shanghai Travellers, just to let you know that from January 30 there is a new visa exemption transit policy in place for visitors to Shanghai. I have just come back from a trip to Shanghai using this new rule. The main conditions are: a) you have a valid passport, b) your onward travel is to a different country from the one you arrived from in Shanghai (e.g. arrive from the UK but don't return straight back to the UK, go to a 3rd country first. For this purpose Hong Kong and Macau are classified as different countries), c) Tell your airline at check-in that you are going to Shanghai under the visa exemption rule, they will inform the Shanghai authorities in advance of you arriving. Then when you arrive in Shanghai just follow the signs for the "144 hour visa exemption desk" and I was lucky because I was the only passenger on my plane to enter this way: so I had no queue at all whereas others were stadning in a long queue. You can use this rule to enter China for pleasure but also for business travel. The rules and details are here on this website of the Shanghai Immigration website: www.sh-immigration.gov.cn/listPageEn.aspx… . Any questions just let me know. Enjoy your travels. Before I forget, this 144 hour rule currently only applies to Shanghai/Jiangsu & Zhejiang. The rules for other places such as Beijing are unaffected, they still have the 77 hour rule but are likely to follow Shanghai's lead at some stage.