14 Jul How China’s crime crackdown has spooked expats used to wilder living
Amid flashing lights and pounding music, foreigners had their pick of drugs – marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, meth, fentanyl. Nightlife ran wild here for years in Xuzhou, a lush pocket of eastern China dotted with lakes and ringed by mountains.
“Back then we would go into clubs and just go table to table, drinking for free,” said one expat, declining to give a full name.
As few foreigners were willing to come for study or employment in this small city – accessible only by rail or road – expats said they were able to get away with this kind of freewheeling behaviour.
But a broad crackdown in China against corruption and crime has finally stretched from big cities like Shanghai to smaller locales…