China and Malaysia expand mutual visa-free travel – that’s Shenzhen

In more recent developments, Chinese Premier Li Qiang completed his official visit to Malaysia on June 20, bringing further good news for tourists.

After announcing the unilateral visa exemption policy for New Zealand and Australia, Premier Li Qiang unveiled an extension of the existing mutual visa exemption agreement with Malaysia.

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China’s visa-free policy for Malaysian citizens will be extended until the end of 2025, while Malaysia will extend visa-free entry for Chinese citizens until the end of 2026.

Additionally, as part of their cultural diplomacy, Malaysia and China signed an agreement to jointly nominate lion dance for UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The cooperation aims to highlight the common cultural heritage between the two countries and promote the preservation of this vibrant tradition.

The agreement was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation and an Implementation Programme of the Cultural Exchange Agreement from 2024 to 2029.

Preparing for the lion dance. Photo by Billy Jean/That’s

The lion dance is one of the most commonly seen forms of Chinese folk art around the world, but why has it become so popular, even though lions aren’t even native to China?

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[Cover image by Billy Jiang/That’s]

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