I have a 12 hr overnight stopover in Chengdu. I know I am OK with no visa if I don't leave the airport. Hopefully the airport is open all night. If I want to find an overnight hotel can I do so without a visa? Are there only Airport Hotels at which I can do this? Getting a visa is US $130 plus - about the cost of the hotel room. I would like to avoid that cost. According to the Chinese visa website I need a visa BUT I have heard otherwise from various sources including the airline.
I am 64 years old and travelling by myself and would love to lie down! Thanks for you help -