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China issued a travel warning for tourists in the U.S., citing 'frequent' shootings and discrimination

Travelers beware — the U.S. may be a dangerous place for a summer vacation.

The Chinese embassy issued a notice to travelers this week warning tourists about the prevalence of gun violence, discrimination, and concerningly expensive health care.

"Be careful and prepare for the possibility that gun crimes may occur at workplaces, schools, at home, and at tourist sites," reads the notice, per The New York Times. Officials also warned tourists that they should keep all evidence if they think they may be a victim of discriminatory practices from law enforcement, telling them not to "spark controversy" in the moment to keep things from escalating.

China advised travelers to avoid going out alone at night in the U.S., citing "frequent" shootings, robberies, and theft. The Times reports that nearly three million Chinese tourists visited the U.S. in 2016, spending about $33 billion, but with the government encouraging domestic destinations, that number could ebb.

The U.S., for its part, has advised travelers to "exercise increased caution" while in China, because of "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and potential "exit bans."