What a tremendous country. BUT be aware…… We used to say>>>>>
Tourists? Not so bad. Certainly lots to see. You will be reasonably safe as long as you keep to the safe areas, and STAY with COMPANY! Don’t go out alone. But now we have to add. Don’t have Watsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Chinese friends etc on your phone/PC. Your likely to be arrested. Safety in Hong Kong is now questionable.
Over 595,000 British nationals visited mainland China in 2017. Most visits are trouble free but you should always take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao. See Visas
Foreign nationals over the age of 16 must carry their passport at all times. See Local laws and customs
You must register your place of residence with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival. See Entry requirements
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in China. Although foreigners haven’t been specifically targeted, attacks may occur in places visited by foreigners. You should take particular care during national holidays or when transiting public transport hubs, and always follow the advice of the local authorities. Previous attacks have targeted public places including on one occasion at a railway station and an open air market in 2014. There have been no recent attacks in the main tourist areas. The risk is higher in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region. You should take particular care and remain vigilant when travelling to or within Xinjiang.
Since June 2019, large-scale political demonstrations have taken place throughout the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), including in areas popular with tourists. While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.
The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests. If you’re in an area where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place. Previous demonstrations have led to sections of the city being closed off and temporary suspension of public transport without warning. In previous years, protests of various kinds in Hong Kong have traditionally taken place on 1 January.
Major factors: Its difficult to find honest Chinese people. YES, of course they are there, but temptation overcomes the majority of them. It appears that the higher power by position or wealth produces a greater degree of corruption. Of all the countries we researched, China was among the highest in being cheated, lied to and stolen from.
Did you know? There are separate apartments for Chinese and Foreigners. As a foreigner you are expected to stay in an apartment that will cost you much more than a Chinese apartment. You are not supposed to shop in the local market. Your expected to shop in the supermarkets/stores.
There are many places ‘off-limits’, and many places ‘they’ don’t particularly want you to venture to. Generally you need to be aware that many will do anything they can to get your money and do anything to stop you getting money. (That includes your pay, passport, etc if you work there).
These statement’s may seem alarming, but many other things are even more alarming.
Teachers held at gunpoint by students!!
Lawyers are just hired ‘bouncers’!!
Many university certificates (and that’s if they are genuine) are not worth the paper they are written on!!
Course attendance or not, studies/exam results etc will get you a certificate however well or poor you do.
More to follow.