China to lift ban on internet censorship in Hainan province to promote tourism
China is planning to lift partial censorship from a few areas in Hainan province to boost tourism. People to these areas will be able to access Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. This is a part of a new plan to turn Hainan into a free trade zone by 2020.
There will be special gathering zones in two cities of the province where visitors will able to access Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. It is not certain whether other services like Google and Whatsapp will available or not.
The censorship in China is called as the “Great Firewall” by netizens. This move faced a bit of criticism on social media in the country. “Are we establishing the ‘one country, two system’ policy in Mainland China now?” said a user on Weibo a microblogging service like Twitter in China.
To make Hainan a trade free zone China aims at increasing the tourism traffic by 25% annually by 2020 through advertisements in BBC and CNN. The authorities will also increase direct flights to and from Hainan by 100 and are going to get rid of restrictions on investment by foreign firms in air, railway and waterway transport systems.
Credit and debit cards by foreign firms like Visa and MasterCard will also be accepted in major tourist spots and hotels in Hainan.