The right to travel: Developments in Chinese tourism law
China had, in its past, often been considered ‘the forbidden country’. Travel to China for the average tourist and businessman was, in its simplest sense, not permitted. Domestic travel for Chinese people was also very limited. Travel for the Chinese outside of the country has been more strongly banned. Although China is still on the current ‘List of Restricted Countries’ under the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the US Treasury, this is mostly a situation of trade restrictions and not tourism. In recent years, Chinese citizens travelling abroad have been subject to loosened regulations, both form the PRC and many host countries. This, combined with a rise in wealth of Chinese tourists, is resulting in what will soon be the largest boom ever of international tourists – the Chinese.