Beijing and Shanghai will offer tax refunds on purchases made by overseas visitors starting on Wednesday, kicking off a program to bolster tourism and sales of some items popular with foreign visitors, such as souvenirs, silk, porcelain and traditional Chinese medicine products. Full Story

New visa centers to ease Chinese visits to Europe

The European Union will set up visa centers in 15 Chinese cities that do not have embassies or consulates for EU member nations, a move expected to attract a large number of tourists from second-tier cities. Full Story

MERS situation monitored in Hong Kong: official

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will closely monitor South Korea's Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) situation, as third tier infection may have occurred, Secretary for Food and Health of the HKSAR government Ko Wing-man said here on Wednesday. Full Story