Don’t let this interrupt an incredible trip…
From North, South, East and West – China is a land of endless wonder and not to be missed. Yellow mountains, forbidden cities, Terracotta Warriors and diverse regional food offer more experiences than any tourist could possibly squeeze into one trip. But out of nowhere, the U.S. State Department has issued a health warning for the entire country, putting trip doubts in the minds of U.S travelers. Here’s everything you need to know, if you’ve got upcoming plans, or are considering a trip.
A strange January sonic attack at the U.S. embassy in Havana has the United Staes on high alert across all foreign embassy posts. Last week, embassy workers at the U.S. Embassy in Guangzhou are said to have reported symptoms of a sonic attack, which can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness – as well as hearing and sleeping problems. The potential sonic attacks are no doubt alarming, unexplained and have prompted the United States to recall some diplomatic staff back to U.S. soil. In response to the the Guangzhou events, the U.S. has issued a health alert for U.S. citizens, across all of China.
The China Health Alert
The alert does not suggest changing, cancelling, postponing or even reconsidering any trips. There’s no specific threat to foreign travelers and thus far zero tourists have reported issues related to sonic attacks. The alert simply offers a warning for all visitors, particularly those around United States embassies to be extra cautious, should they feel any symptoms consistent with a sonic attack. According to the U.S. Embassy – potential symptoms “include dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, ear complaints and hearing loss, and difficulty sleeping”. If anyone experiences health issues, it’s advised to move to a different location and consider consulting a health professional. The embassy has also listed relevant U.S. Embassy contact info across China, shall someone feel the need to reach the consulate.
There’s no question that diplomatic relations between China and the United States have been strained. It’s quite hard to correlate a potential sonic attack in a regional city meriting a health alert for an entire nation, but that’s where we are. Whether political theatre, or a legitimate issue for embassy employees, at present – it’s not an issue for tourists. Get on the plane, see all that China has to offer and enjoy the trip. China is one of the most fascinating places on earth, and with the kind of deals we’re seeing lately – there’s actually never been a better time to go.
What do you make of these recent health warnings?
HT: CN Traveler