Thirty foreign professionals and international students in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, attended a celebrative activity for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, on Jan 12.
They are from 15 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Turkey, and the Philippines.
Since the implementation of the optimized immigration policies that were put in place on Jan 8, China's high-level opening-up has accelerated. During the activity, border inspection officials used Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and Wutong Passenger Wharf as examples to explain the country's latest entry policies to the expats.
Hernani Ferrer, a teacher at Xiamen Yingcai School, and Bong Antivola, a lawyer from Yingke Law Firm, both from the Philippines, sang songs You Are The Love Of My Life and Change The World, respectively.
"I was excited when receiving the invitation and got prepared for the performance," Antivola said. He added that he has been leading an easy and happy life in Xiamen and expressed his best wishes to the city, Fujian and China through the song.
International students from Huaqiao University sang original songs they created to express their affection for China. They also recorded the activity in short videos which were published on their overseas social media accounts to share their stories about China to more people.
Thirty expats in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, attended a celebrative activity for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, on Jan 12. [Photo/Xiamen Daily]
China now enjoys comprehensive mutual visa exemption with 23 countries after reaching an agreement on mutual visa exemption with Thailand on Jan 28.
China and Thailand signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports and passports for public affairs on Jan 28.