The new visa-free policy will play a very active

 role in promoting regional economic construction in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Grea

ter Bay Area and advancing cooperation between Guangdong and the neighboring Hong Kon

g and Macao special administrative regions in the following years,” Lin said.Zhang Yimin, deputy director gener

al of the Guangdong Department of Culture and Tourism, said the 144-hour visa-free policy will help make Guan

gdong, window of the country’s reform and opening-up, one of the major destinations for tourists from around the word.

The entry and exit and customs departments have now estab

lished special channels in airports, rail, land and water ports and are preparing to hel

p foreign travelers through the procedures for 144-hour visa-free stays in Guangdong, he added.