I also walked up a hill overlooking the lake and found a Taoist temple complete with monks (I don't mean the big touristy Buddhist temple). My colleague, a member of the CCP, denied there were any Taoist temples in Hangzhou!
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I don't think it's an unreasonable question. My husband won't go to China these days (we have been in the past). After those Canadians got arrested as pawns it does worry me.
Those Canadians were not as clean as you think. There are thousands of Canadians expats in China.
Guilty until proven innocent is indeed easy enough to apply to 50 centers. Fortunately the consequences for personal liberty aren’t quite as serious.
The coverage on the WSJ reporter taken in Russia was interesting, apparently the first taken on charges of espionage since the end of the Cold War. Cases like those of Ching Cheong and Cheng Lei make me wonder who exactly has the Cold War mentality.
Anyway to me it’s a question of risk tolerance. There are indeed thousands of flights that operate safely daily, including by carriers with less enviable safety records, but whether you want to get on one is a personal choice. As correctly pointed out, as merely a transitory tourist, in all probability one wouldn’t be singled out as “unclean”, or for people less conclusive of the relevant facts, unlucky.