We are American and flying this route:

  1. USA > TPE
  2. TPE > PEK
  3. PEK > KIX (5 days in Beijing)
  4. Train to Tokyo
  5. NRT > USA

1 and 2 are on Airline A, 3 is on Airline B, 5 is on Airline C.

I am assuming airlines don't matter, only the Chinese cities, so does this qualify for 144 hour visa?

Source: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/tour/visa/free-transit-144-hours.htm

Related: What does 'Confirmed Seat' mean with regards to Beijing 144-hour visa-free transit?

Update: tldr - Yes it qualifies but still needs a temporary entry permit which is called a visa in Chinese. More details below.

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    I'm fairly sure the answeer is yes. But I'll leave the authoritative answer to others.
    – xuq01
    Feb 14, 2019 at 19:44
  • Any authoritative answers? Thanks @xuq01
    – Danger14
    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:32
  • I hope I could give a more authoritative answer, but this is not something I'm super knowledgeable about.
    – xuq01
    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:40

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Recently I tried to go through foreigner line at customs at PEK.

Officer said you need a permit for any stay in China if leaving airport. My itinerary counts for a “visa free 144 hour stay” but that still requires a permit that you can get at a consulate in your home country or at visa/permit counter in airport.

I took this photo at PEK.

this is the visa/permit counter

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    Could you explain what information you found to lead you to this conclusion (links to embassy websites, etc)? We would like your answer to be useful to future users, and I don't think that they would want to rely on a random person's word. The more so because your answer is counterintuitive - you need a visa for visa free travel? Mar 18, 2019 at 14:15
  • @NateEldredge understand. this happened to me recently so added more details and photo
    – Danger14
    Mar 18, 2019 at 16:06
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    @Paddez It seems pretty obvious to me. You go to this desk and fill out the application form, and then you go to immigration. Mar 19, 2019 at 15:22

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