Number of British residents in China - 47,000
Top 20 countries where British Nationals required the most consular assistance from 1 April
China Travel advice
British behaviour abroad - Foreign Office reports
China’s ‘zero tolerance’ policies lead to detention followed bysuch as gambling, drink driving, fighting or, most commonly, overstaying a visa (offenders are deported only after they have found money to pay for their tickets).
deportation for infringements
• More serious offences, for drugs and serious assaults, commonly originate in the cities’ bar areas or red light districts, and usually involve alcohol and attract serious penalties. There are particularly severe penalties in China for drugs offences. These include the death penalty, which was imposed on a British National who was executed in China for a drugs offence in December 2009.
• In Hong Kong, there has been an increase in cases of drink spiking, particularly among men, who wake up the next morning minus their wallets and possessions.
• British Nationals doing business in China should be aware that if they become involved in a business and/or civil dispute, and the case actually goes to court, the Chinese government may prohibit them from leaving China until the matter is resolved.
• Rabies is common in China, which has the second highest incidence in the world. In recent years an average of 2,400 deaths from rabies has been reported annually. (Source: NaTHNaC website).
• There are restrictions on undertaking certain religious activities, including preaching and distributing religious materials.
• Foreign nationals are required to carry their passports with them at all times as the police carry out random checks; failure to produce your ID can lead to a fine or detention.
• One Briton working in China got into serious trouble after getting into an altercation with a local prostitute over payment, resulting in the lady being injured and the British National arrested. He was kept in prison until his trial eight months later. The only visitor he was allowed, for half an hour a month, was the British consul. The trial resulted in conviction and he was sentenced to three years in prison.