2012 Jul 02 Don't Make Plans To Stay Too Long: New Punishments for Illegal Aliens
In the wake of the 100-Day Crackdown, the Global Times has news that may further alarm some of you. China has passed a new entry and exit law that will deal out stronger punishment for anyone who overstays their welcome. Those who flout the law (and those who mistakenly overstay, for what it's worth) now face a fine of up to RMB 10,000 (previously RMB 5,000). Other measures include detention for 5-15 days and, for those found to be working illegally, fines between RMB 5,000 and RMB 20,000, plus possible jail time. New policies have been instituted to deal with people who have committed "severe violations" (i.e. just short of a crime), who now face deportation and a ten-year ban on entering China. What this all actually means with enforcement is anyone's guess, but better to be safe than sorry.
Anyway, the good news is that the sun's shining, the sky is blue and here's Plan B's "Stay Too Long."