• Pollution in some Chinese cities is frequently and literally breathtaking, particularly in Hong Kong and Beijing due to rampant construction, lax industrial controls, vehicle emissions and natural forces such as dust blowing in from desert areas.
In 2007 the World Bank calculated that 16 of the world’s top twenty most polluted cities are in China. The World Health Organisations says ‘exposure to high pollution levels may trigger serious problems. People who have heart problems may wish to reconsider their willingness to go there’. More on pollution.
• People, people, people, simply too many local tourists everywhere at popular sites.
• Massive distances mean considerable expenditure of time and money for domestic transport.
• Much/most of the glorious old Chinese architecture is long gone. To be fair in some places it has been replaced by astonishing new structures. Shanghai and Beijing. . . Woah!
• Petty crime is on a rise in cities.
• Human rights issues are not to be discussed.
• Traffic jams are bad and getting worse.