(From Reuters)

Nepal will grant free visas to visitors from neighbouring China as the Himalayan nation seeks to rebuild its tourist industry after two devastating earthquakes in April that killed nearly 9,000 people.

Of 800,000 tourists who visited Nepal in 2014, 123,000 were Chinese, second only to 135,000 Indian visitors, who do not require a visa for Nepal

“This will help increase the number of Chinese tourists and boost our economy,” Sherdhan Rai, Nepal’s minister for information and communications technology, said Saturday.

Nepal has already turned to China to beat an acute fuel shortage following a blockade at India border crossings enforced by ethnic Madhesi groups. Read More

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