While China does have a reputation for looser law enforcement practices than in many other tourist hotspots, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any laws to follow. The locals might already have enough of a grasp of these laws to move around them effortlessly, but as a visitor, you likely won’t. You might have some trouble cashing in Special Discounts, for example, and that can be the least of it.
Just to help make sure that you don’t accidentally break any laws while visiting the country, here are a few laws that you’ll definitely want to keep in mind.
Carry Your Passport And Additional IDs Everywhere
Identification is incredibly important for a traveller, especially in China where national security is taken very seriously. That’s why you should bring your passport no matter where you go and any additional documents that can identify you as the person you present to the authorities. This isn’t just a traditional thing to do either.
If you are unlucky enough to be stopped by authorities and be asked to produce identification, and you are unable to do so because you left your passport or visa behind, you’ll be spending a lot of time at a police station. That’s if you’re lucky and the higher ups don’t take an interest in your case.
Your Visa Must Be Freshly Updated
Speaking of visa, yours should be as freshly updated as possible. If it’s months away from expiring, you should have it renewed before you leave for China. If you go to China and for some unfortunate reason your visa should expire, you are looking at some steep penalties. Even worse, you might even be detained indefinitely and that’s something you don’t want to happen to you.
No Recreational Drugs Of Any Kind
If you are coming from a place that has a laid back attitude towards recreational drugs, don’t expect the same thing from China. If you bring any kind of illegal drug, no matter how harmless it may seem, you are going to jail. You could even face the death penalty.
Be Mindful Of Your Souvenirs
Finally, be sure to avoid buying souvenirs that include parts from endangered animals. China has some very harsh rules against buying and selling of any parts or the actual endangered animals. Be sure to find out if that horn or pelt you got is not on the protected wildlife list. Otherwise, it won’t be an Amsterdam Heineken Experience waiting for you.