While the Hangzhou government may be helping locals out with their English pronunciation to greet foreigners visiting their fair city for the G20 summit next month; overall, China doesn’t exactly seem to be getting friendlier toward outsiders.
The latest (and most extreme) example comes from Guangzhou, where hostels have been told by local police to refuse guests from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan until later next month, in an effort to “reduce security risks,” SCMP reports.
Leaders from around the world will soon descend upon Hangzhou for the G20 summit, taking place from September 4th to 5th, and China is apparently concerned that someone might try and cause some trouble — and that that someone would try to stay in cheap lodgings in one of China’s gateway and most multicultural cities.
SCMP spoke with multiple hostels in the city, who confirmed the ban. “Local police asked us to turn down guests from these five countries until September 10, without giving any reason,” one anonymous worker said.
Of course, this ban would apply only to cheap lodgings like hostels; not brand name hotels, even budget ones. It also wouldn’t apply to hostels in nearby Pearl River Delta cities (even though Shenzhen already has an ISIS store). Basically, if you’re a backpacker from one of these five countries who wants to see the Canton Tower, delay your trip to October or November. It’ll be cooler then anyway.
And that goes for everyone wanting to visit Hangzhou. Radio Free Asia reports that authorities are starting to shutter restaurants in the city run by Uighur Muslims ahead of the summit. While many residents are being lured out of town with sweet travel deals.