Banned books in China
So are these bans strictly enforced and is there any way to get around them, by putting a cover on the book or something?
What is the punishment for carrying a banned book, is it simply taken off you or are you at risk of getting yourself in actual trouble? Is it possible to just feign tourist ignorance?
If it is pretty serious, is there anywhere I could get a list of banned books/authors?
Going on monday, so would appreciaty any quick replies!
This list is one of the sites - could not see your Wild Swans there.
But I would suspect that they will hardly be searching every visitor that arrives with a view to what books they may be carrying, so if a smaller one can it be in a pocket of a jacket you could be wearing.
Just in case, I would not try to have it concealed or with a different cover because that would indicate knowledge of what you are doing rather than ignorance - if it is in the pack or whatever you are taking, on Xray a book will show up and maybe you get asked what it is.
Could be an interesting twist to the adventure.
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Definitely take books with you b/c it's hard to find shops selling English-language books, but we did find one in Chengdu. The hostels all have used books for sale, though, but sometimes the selection is paltry.
As far as the reprecussions for carrying around a banned book -- I imagine you could bribe whoever it is with a little money... but I really wouldn't worry about getting 'caught'. The police don't really pay attention to tourists -- just don't read anything questionable in public spaces if you're worried...
I used to bring a bunch of books on democracy and civil disobedience on a CD with me whenever I was in Burma, then cook them onto floppy disks so I could â€œaccidentallyâ€ leave them laying around in the bathrooms around colleges.
Book Baning makes me want to hurl
Anyway, as long as you don't bring like 20 copies of the Dali Lama's life story, you'll probably be okay. And even if you do, you'll probably be okay, because I've never seen a foreigner get searched at customs on the way into the country, so no worries.
Take it easy. I've never had ANY problem with officials in China. As a matter of fact, police man and women usually have been fairly helpful and friendly. As long as you don't have a political agenda when you go to China, you should be fine.
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