Military Parade in Beijing 3 September
On 3 September, there will be a military parade through the centre of Beijing as part of national commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2. This is likely to cause major disruption to the city. Beijing Capital International Airport and Nanyuan Airport will be closed between 9:30am and 12:30pm, as well as many roads and subway lines. You should take suitable precautions to factor in the possibility of delays and/or cancellations.
There will also be no-go zones, particularly around Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Security around the city will be heightened and additional ID checks carried out. We advice caution when taking photographs of the parade. Some hotels along the parade route are informing guests of about restrictions about leaving their premises. You should monitor local media for updates.
There were several explosions in the port city of Tianjin on 13 August, causing numerous casualties. There is restricted access in the affected area and possible contamination of the air and water in the surrounding area from chemicals released during the blasts. If you are planning to travel to Tianjin or live near the city, you should take extra care and follow the advice of the local authorities.
The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season in China normally runs from May to November, affecting the southern and eastern coastal regions of China. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Typhoons
The 15th World Championships in Athletics are being held from 22 to 30 August 2015 in Beijing. There will be increased security during this period. Transport links to the stadium will be busier than normal and there will be road closures around the stadium.
There is a general threat from terrorism, but the risk of attacks is higher in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region.
A number of people were injured in a knife attack at Guangzhou railway station on 6 March 2015. There were 3 significant terrorist attacks in 2014, 2 of which took place in Xinjiang. This marks an increase in the scale and frequency of violent attacks in China, and the Chinese government has blamed extremist Uyghur groups.
Although foreigners have not been specifically targeted, attacks could occur in places visited by foreigners. You should be particularly vigilant in Xinjiang. Outside of Xinjiang you should be vigilant when transiting public transport hubs, which have been the subject of recent attacks. See Terrorism.
Take particular care if you’re travelling in Tibet. Don’t attempt to travel to Tibet without the appropriate permits. Tibetan Autonomous Region (or Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures in neighbouring Provinces) can be closed to foreigners without notice. See Local travel
China is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck parts of Xinjiang on 12 February 2014. Please check with local authorities before travelling to this area. See Natural disasters
Cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) have been reported in eastern and southern China. See Health
Territorial disputes between China and neighbouring countries have caused high regional tension. There have been a number of anti-Japanese demonstrations in several cities across China. See Political situation
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
Police have the power to detain you or prevent you from leaving China if you are suspected of a crime; have outstanding court action against you, or are involved in any kind of business dispute. This is called a travel ban. There are severe penalties in China for drugs-related offences including the death penalty. See Local Laws and Customs & Safety and Security
China doesn’t recognise dual nationality. If you hold Chinese nationality, the Chinese authorities may regard you as a Chinese national. See Local Laws and Customs
Over 570,000 British nationals visit mainland China every year. Most visits are trouble free.
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