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China Travel News and Events (Mar. 21st, 2001)

Qinghai to Launch Tourism Photography Contest

Northwest China's Qinghai Province will launch its first international tourism photography contest this July.

The province, situated at the northeast part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, will invite famous domestic and foreign photographers to take photos of its scenery, as well as hold photography exhibitions in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Qinghai province possesses the headstreams of the Yangtse River, the Yellow River and the Lantsang, and is also a region inhabited by some ethnic groups.

By the "eyes" of photographers, Qinghai will exhibit its beautiful natural scenery to the largest extent and improve its tourism status in the world.

Macao Received 1.6 Million Tourists in the First Two Months

China's Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) received 1.6 million tourists in the first two months of this year, up 9.7 percent on an annual basis.

But for the Spring Festival, China's most important traditional holiday, fell in January this year, while it was in February in the year 2000, Macau met a decrease for about 12.6 percent in February this year.

Europe to Give Free Visa Treatment For Macao Passport Holders

The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government announced that fifteen European countries have decided to give free visa treatment to those holding Macao passports.

The European Union (EU) countries made the decision at an executive council meeting last Friday, which will become effective in 20 days after promulgation. Among them are Iceland, Norway, and 13 EU countries except Britain and Ireland.

Macao passport holders, totally 60,000 out of a population of some 430,000, can stay in each of the 15 countries for 90 days after receiving the free visa treatment. In line with the principle of fairness, people with passports of those countries are also permitted to be in Macao for 90 days, compared with the current 30 days.

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