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 Timesreports 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." Summer Meza
Summer weather has arrived, and people are evidently planning to make the most of it over the upcoming long weekend.
A huge number of Americans are planning to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend, AAA estimated on Friday. Around 42 million people are expected to take some kind of trip, a 5 percent increase from last year's holiday weekend and the highest estimate in more than a decade.
"A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway," said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president at AAA.
About 37 million will be driving to their destination, despite gas prices surging to their highest level in the last four years, reports Reuters. Airfare prices are also slightly down, likely a factor for many of the three million who will be flying for Memorial Day weekend. AAA expects that air travel will see an even bigger jump this year, with a 6.8 percent increase compared to last Memorial Day. Summer Meza