I am a citizen of one of the countries (France) eligible for a 144-hour visa-free transit in some areas of China. I am reading conflicting information on whether I must have an interline ticket or whether any onward ticket suffices (assuming the ticket has a seat number on it and a confirmed date, both of which are required, at least in theory).
E.g. beijing.gov.cn states:
An onward ticket with confirmed seat is needed
while china-briefing.com states:
An interline ticket (connecting ticket) with the confirmed departure date and seat number leaving for a third country or region within 144 hours
Foreign nationals applying for 144-hour visa-free transit shall hold a valid passport or other international travel documents, interline tickets with confirmed date and seat to leave for a third country (region) within 144 hours, fill landing card for foreigners in transit, and accept inquiries from the entry-exit frontier inspection station.
So what do we need? Does any onward ticket suffice? Or does it have to be an interline ticket (i.e., a connecting ticket)?