New route linking Lisbon to Beijing presented
Beijing Capital Airlines is connecting Lisbon to Beijing via Xi´an, facilitating bilateral exchange of culture, tourism, commerce and business.
In the year of the 40th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and China, Beijing Capital Airlines presents the Lisbon-Xi'an-Beijing route to promote cultural and business exchange and cooperation between the two regions.
Taking off from 30th August 2019, the flight takes place every week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on an Airbus A330 aircraft, with 17 business class seats and 235 economy ones. The announcement was made on July 22nd, at an event attended by the Chinese ambassador to Portugal, Cai Run, the president of Turismo de Portugal, Luís Araújo, the Secretary of State for Internationalisation, Eurico Brilhante Dias, as well as other authorities from both countries.
According to Liang Gui, executive vice-governor of Shaanxi, the province where the city of Xi'an is located is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and will now be a tourist, cultural and business exchange point between Portugal and China.
The new route represents an important strategy to stimulate Chinese tourism in Portugal, says Luís Araújo, mentioning the importance of the Chinese market, which in 2018 registered 315 thousand tourists in the country and has an average annual growth of 25% over the past three years.
"In the first five months of this year alone, China is already the second fastest growing country in Portugal, with an index of 17%," said the president of Turismo de Portugal. To further facilitate access for Chinese tourists, the revision of the visa allocation for the Schengen area is confirmed, with a simplification of the tourist visa process and the possibility to start the process online six months in advance, and issuing multiple-entry visas for up to five years.
Historical importance and events
Xi`an, the capital of Shaanxi province, which will be the hub between Lisbon and Beijing, is an important city in the history of China and the world, as it is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Many of its tourist attractions, such as the Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China or the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In terms of events, its extensive hotel chain, countless event venues and grand convention centres provide quality meeting facilities for Portuguese meeting planners. And now with flights three times a week.
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