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Could tourists participate in any religious activities in traveling?
2012-06-22 00:26:07

It is distinctly regulated in the chapter concerning basic rights and obligations of Chinese citizens from "Constitution of People's Republic of China" that "any state organs, social organizations or individuals must not force citizens to believe in or not believe in religion, or must not discriminate against those who have or have no religious beliefs." and that "normal religious activities are protected by the State." Thus, all citizens have freedom for religious belief, and they are free in believing in or not believing in religion. In china, all people, if they believe or do not believe in religion, or whatever religion they believe in, are equal politically and legally, and any state organs, social organizations or individuals must not interfere with the basic right of citizen. China is a country with a history of 5000 years in civilization and culture, and we boast numerous scenic spots and historic cultural cities, and a number of temples and places for religious activities. By abiding by relevant regulations from departments in charge of religion, tourists can participate freely in all kinds of religious activities; overseas tourists and religious traveling groups can contact with their Chinese counterpart to have religious exchanges and have religious rituals. Freedom of tourists for religious activities is protected by laws of China.

In traveling, tourist should abide by laws and regulations of China in their religious activities, conscientiously stick up for unified leadership of Chinese government, and maintain independence and integrity of China; no one can make use of religion to go for any counterrevolution activities and those doing harm to health of our people. When overseas tourists are traveling in China, they can attend religious rituals of China, but they can not do missionary work, or interfere with, let alone govern religious activities of China.

In order to maintain traveling order and protect legal rights of tourists, tourists should conscientiously abide by relevant laws, rules and regulations formulated by corresponding departments and all sight-seeing sites.(1)In traveling transportation. In order to insure safety in traveling transportation, tourists should conscientiously abide by relevant laws and regulations on aviation, railway, highway, waterway and cable transportation, such as "Civil Aviation Law". "Regulations on International Passenger Transport of CAAC", "Law on Railway Transportation", "Provisional Regulations on Management of Highway Transportation", and "Regulations on Management of Waterway Transportation"(2)Traveling accommodation. Tourists should abide by all specific regulations of hotels, restaurants, guest-houses, and sanatoriums as well as hostels, so as to guarantee personal and property security and a sound environment for a good rest.(3)Sight-seeing. Tourist should abide by such laws and regulations as "Provisional Regulations on Management of Scenic Spots", "Law on Environmental Protection", "Law on Cultural Relics Protection", and "Law on Wild Animal Protection", so as to protect traveling environment and resources.(4)On tourist entering and leaving the country. If Chinese citizens have out-bound traveling, according to "Law on Management of Chinese Citizens Entering and Leaving China" and its detailed implementation rules, the citizens should file in an application to their local public security organs on municipal or county level where is the place for their permanent residence registry, submit their household register or other certificate on permanent residence for examination, fill out the application form on leaving the country, submit opinions from the working place of the applicants, and produce corresponding certificates on reasons for leaving the country. (5)On management of foreign exchange for traveling. According to regulations from "Provisional Methods on Foreign Exchange for Traveling", travel agencies engaged in traveling services for foreigners, overseas Chinese, compatriots of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to come to China traveling, the agencies must charge their overseas counterparts and travelers in foreign exchange. Chinese citizens going abroad traveling should use foreign exchange in accordance with "Methods on Chinese Citizens Exchanging Foreign Currencies for Personal Purpose" and "Regulations on Chinese Citizens Remitting Abroad Foreign Exchange Savings".

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