lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p
or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w
here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce
nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”
A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th
at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol
iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i
ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na
tionals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sri Lanka have starte
d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.
“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch
with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.
Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.
In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi
on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin
ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.
Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h
igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col
lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.