I just read a story on CNN about China's rules for foreigners. Get a load of some of the rules:
- Those with "mental diseases" or contagious conditions will be barred.
- Some parts of the country are closed to visitors -- one of them Tibet.
- Olympic tickets are no guarantee of a visa to enter China.
- Foreigners staying with Chinese residents in urban areas must register at a local police station within 24 hours of arriving. The limit in rural areas is 72 hours.
No Tibet? How will I ever meet Richard Gere?
No ticket, no entry? What? If I buy a pass to the Louvre, I can't go to France? (Sorry, that's the best I can do right now)
Register with police? I think they're on to something. I might have to send that to the cops here. Think what that could do to crime in this town! I can just hear the chief now, "Gangsters, check in with police before your drive-bys." OMG - I crack MYSELF up, y'all!
China's really one of those places I'd just like to get in, see the touristy things and get the heck out. Apparently, if I wanted to do that this summer, I couldn't. Jerks.
Gimme a panda.