In other visa news, China will now allow nationals from 45 countries 72 hour visa free access to Beijing. The scheme is only valid for visitors with onward tickets to third countries, and not round trips.
Shanghai has had a similar (though shorter, at 48 hours) policy allowing travelers to stay in the financial capital.
If you are able to take advantage of this policy, don't you dare leave Beijing - officials say those who leave the capital will 'face punishment' though the exact details were unclear.
(This post likely won't be visible to readers in China anyway - The Lowe Road has been banned by the Great FireWall of China for at least three years.)