Are you doing a little Asian dating? If so, your experiences may bring you to China at some point, which can be very exciting! However, if you’re planning on traveling to China, it is important that you understand that the laws in China can be very different from those in the West.
So, when Asian dating brings Westerners over to China it is important to stay well-behaved – this means following the rules you do know and remaining respectful as well as using your common sense. But, there are some things to keep in mind as well:
- Register your place of residence immediately. This can be a hassle, but it is essential. You are required to register where you are staying within 24 hours. When staying in a hotel, this is usually done for you, but if you are staying with friends or relatives, the onus is on you.
- Always have your passport with you. This may be hard to do, especially if you are doing something in which it could get lost or ruined, but it is essential. Make a few photocopies of it and keep the real thing in the hotel safe. You may or may not ever be asked to show your ID, but if you do, it is better to be safe than sorry!
- Make sure your visa doesn’t expire. There can be huge financial repercussions if your visa expires or you might be held indefinitely in a foreigner center, which is much like a jail. If your visa is set to expire, renew it right away. If it does expire, head to the nearest visa office and explain the situation as quickly as possible.
- Be wary of outdated laws. When laws become outdated they aren’t repealed like in the West – they stay on the books and are simply ignored. However, this means they can be enforced anytime, so be careful. One in particular: restricted hotels. Sometimes, foreigners are not permitted to stay in some hotels, but usually larger establishments in city centers are properly permitted.
Just remember, stay on your best behavior and you’ll do just fine!