BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China has replaced India to become the biggest country in terms of the annual quantity of British visa applications, the newly appointed British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
In 2014 alone, the number of British visas issued in China reached a record high of more than 400,000.
Woodward said that Britain has begun to issue long-term visas for either business trips or normal tourism, and that as long as the applicants keep sound records on previous visits to Britain, they will have the right to apply for multi-entry visas valid for one year, two or five years and even up to 10 years.
The British are trying every means to find more convenient ways to cater to Chinese tourists, which, however, does not necessarily mean joining the Schengen visa scheme, she said.
Woodward, who spent two years teaching English in China as of 1986, described UK-China ties as a Chinese tripod with the three legs respectively being the political exchange, the economic exchange and the nongovernmental exchange, which are all indispensable.
Prince William's visit to China created opportunities for the two countries to strengthen exchanges in the fields of culture and art, the ambassador said, adding that there will be more activities next year to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's passing away.
Woodward took office as ambassador to China in February 2015. She joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1994, and has respectively worked in China, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tourist Yu Hu felt relief when she got a 10-year multi-entry U.S. visa recently, which means she can visit the U.S. whenever she has time in the next 10 years.
"I rescheduled my trip, giving myself more time to enjoy staying at one place. I need not put many tourist attractions into one trip, as I can come whenever I like in the next 10 years," she said.
The U.S. tourist visa used to be only one-year multi-entry, that's why many Chinese tourists liked to visit as many places as they can during a several-day short trip. Tight schedule made them exhausted, but they had to, being afraid that when they have time to come again, their visa may be expired, and applying a new one means more time and money. Full Story