China welcomes travelers from around the world, and it is a relatively safe country for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) travelers. If you are GLBT people, you can feel free to visit China and admire its beautiful landscape and rich culture just as any others. Please check out our Top 10 China Tours, or contact us for tailor-made China tours.
People are more open-minded, there is increasing visibility of GLBT people in a few very large cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Violence against GLBT people is rare, and you are unlikely to encounter any hostility based on your sexual orientation.
However, GLBT culture is still on the down low in China, and opinions vary widely from urban to rural areas. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, even for straight couples. There are the following tips that you need to know.
- Your sexual orientation is your privacy. It is not necessary for you to reveal it to the others, nor are you required to report it to any authority or person.
- Obvious public displays of affections more than holding hands with same-gender friends or partners are not welcome. Sometimes you see women hand in hand or arm in arm as they walk down the streets; this is a sign of friendship, rather than homosexuality.
- If you face any awkward situation which cause your discomfort, state it clearly to the person involved, so that it can be solved without causing further misunderstanding.
- Most people accept the GLBT culture. However, don’t be angry at any person who does not. They have their right to choose what they like, too, as long as they do not act offensive to you.
- If you hear some one is joking about gay or lesbian, which is a most unlikely occasion, don’t mind about it. They are not talking about you. The persons who are joking simply like jokes, and they may joke on any topic.
I updated this article on January 17, 2013
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