Travel to China – Is it Safe?

Chinese New Year is a festival that has its origins in ancient China. In ancient times, it was regarded as a time for celebrations and to bring in good fortune. With the spread of the Roman Empire across China, during the third century AD, Christianity began to make its way into China. This made many of the customs associated with the Christian religion difficult to practice. In the same way, the Buddhist monks and other foreigners who travelled to China during this time made efforts to convert the locals. Inevitably, these efforts failed and in the seventh century, Emperor Qin Shi Huang sent out Confucius as a missionary to China.

Travel to China

In his work “The Treatise of the Two Countries”, written in responsive to the challenges presented by China’s Silk Roads, Confucius gave detailed instructions on how to deal with Chinese merchants who brought goods without securing local permission beforehand. At the same time, he stressed that it was important to treat all people with respect irrespective of their race, colour or religion. To do this, you had to have special treatment at the local Chinese quarantine. For this reason, most of the merchants travelling to China in those days prior to the twentieth century brought along with them a small number of possessions including gold jewellery, textiles, silks and other precious items.

It was not easy for foreign nationals to leave their belongings behind. In order to facilitate the departure from China for whatever reason, they were required to leave most of their belongings behind. These included gold jewellery, textiles, garments and glassware. As such, it became necessary for the consular authorities in China to establish a system whereby these items could be exchanged with those coming to visit with a view to enable work to be done.

The first system to be devised was the exit visa. This system enabled a person leaving China to enter and exit the country without being required to obtain a visa. However, this was not foolproof as the local authorities could ban anyone leaving the country without a visa if they were found to have obtained an exit visa. Thus, it was necessary to carry some form of valid travel documentation even to leave the country.

Then came the Special Economic Visitors’ visa. This type of visa made it possible for foreigners working in China to bring over family members, thus allowing them to work in China legally. This visa also enabled foreigners to take leave to visit relatives who were living in another country. A few years later, the admission of foreign nationals to China was finally liberalised, and the current system known as the Multiculturalism policy was introduced.

Although the Chinese government has eased some of its restrictive policies in recent times, such as the restriction on the sale of goods produced by Chinese labour, many citizens still face problems when trying to leave the country. There are still strict restrictions on the type of work an individual can engage in once they have entered the country. For example, many Chinese citizens do not wish to work in the construction industry. Some regions in China have even put in place regulations that stipulate the minimum number of hours any worker should work in a week.

In addition to the kind of work that cannot be done in China, there is also a lack of access to work for citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan. There are currently no plans to relax entry ban laws to allow Hong Kong and Taiwanese workers to work in China. Similarly, travel restrictions imposed on citizens of south Korea and other nations have remained on the same lines since the early 1950s.

Travel to China is not easy for any traveler. Travel to China should be viewed with care, because even with relaxed travel restrictions there are still significant risks involved in doing so. There have been cases of Chinese police raiding businesses, detaining their employees and denying them entry to the country. Individuals who travel to China should be aware of the risks and take appropriate measures to protect themselves from these risks.