Are you planning a trip to China? Well, before you embark on that journey, I am sure that you will want to know a few tips about China. Although it’s a big country with a lot to offer, there are certain areas in China that tourists should steer clear of. If you are travelling to China for the first time, it is important that you know where you can and cannot go.
There have been serious cases of foreigners being caught in China without valid travel documents. There was recently an incident in which Canadian tourists were prevented from entering China using their national passport. The reason for this is that China has recently imposed an exit visa inspection at the border. Exiting the country without this exit visa can result in heavy fines or deportation. Therefore, travellers to China are advised to be aware of their surroundings and take necessary precautions to avoid any undesirable incident.
The three countries that have imposed exit visas at the previously described locations are China, South Korea and Taiwan. These three countries are the only ones that have so far imposed entry restrictions at the frontier. In addition to China, there are several other countries that are beginning to impose entry restrictions at the frontier. Two of these countries are Iraq, while the others are expected to start doing so in the very near future. In short, travellers to China are advised to avoid travelling to these areas until the situation changes.
One of the major areas that travellers to China are advised to avoid travelling to is the Tibet Autonomous Region. This autonomous region is located in the northwest part of China. It has experienced a large earthquake earlier in the year, and the authorities have now imposed strict measures against foreign travellers entering the region. However, the exact reason for the earthquake has not yet been explained.
Another area that is imposing travel restrictions is the Tibet area. There have been repeated incidents of violent protests by local residents against Chinese tourists in recent years. There have also been reports that Chinese authorities are starting to crack down on what they see as un Tibetan activity. These incidents have made travel to China extremely difficult, as flights from the UK and other European countries are no longer allowed to land in the Tibet area.
In another move that could affect travellers to China, the Ministry of Transport announced that all flights to the western region of China would be suspended starting from February 2nd. This measure was implemented in reaction to news that China’s southernmost region had become a flashpoint for violence. In June, clashes broke out between local residents and Chinese officials after a group of Chinese tourists set off from the Yulong Yang Pass and traveled through the passes of Zhenjiang, Shanxi and Mingjiazhuang counties. The clashes left at least twenty dead and more than a hundred injured.
An announcement by the Ministry of Transport did not indicate whether the stampede was caused by security reasons or not. The same happened with the July 29th stampede in Fenyang city, which was carried out by a group of tourists who breached one of the many safety measures implemented. In both these cases, the stampede occurred within a short period of time. Injuries from the stampede, including injuries to people who were critically injured, have led to calls for the Chinese government to implement travel restrictions across the entire country. On January 1st, the State Council for Tourism introduced a series of new measures, which it claimed would help maintain the level of security in China.
The introduction of a complete ban on flights from the UK to China comes as tourism is still suffering from the global recession, and despite increased trade between the two countries, China’s growth rate continues to disappoint. At the same time, China’s Silk Road initiative continues to spark controversy in the western world. The July 29th stampede is just one of the issues that continue to fuel debate between the two countries. Given that the UK banned all flights to China last year over the sensitive issue of human remains, the recent stampede may be the tip of the iceberg and another case of stampedes that could spark the debate on the use of the Silk Road in future.