A joke involving Santa Claus, heavy smog in
The joke, which first hit Chinese social media on Christmas Eve, highlights some of the darker aspects of Chinese society.
"Santa Claus lost himself in the heavy smog on his way to give out gifts in
Santa's journey to
The visa issue comes to mind immediately.
On top of the visa issue, Santa's gift cotton drawstring bag also requires a permit. According to the Customs regulations, an import license is required to ensure the quality of imported goods crossing the border. There will be no exception for the Santa.
Santa also needs to be aware of what kind of gift's he is bringing into
The reindeer pulling the sleigh also have to go through health checks before they are allowed to enter the country. There maybe quarantine periods. Santa will also need an animal quarantine certificate.
Speaking of the sleigh, flying object need to obtain a pass before taking off in Chinese air space. Good news is that a low-altitude flight below 1,000 meters would make things easier as
Pilot programs that allows private flights in air space below 1,000 meters has been carried out in cities across the country, and by 2015, the reforms will be conducted across the country.
More access to air space will generate huge market opportunity for aviation, and also save the trouble of the Santa driving on congested roads.
Speaking of vehicles, cars and other motor vehicles require a license to operate. Luckily for Father Christmas, there is no regulations for sleighs, though his reindeer is another matter all together. Even after going through quarantine, Saint Nick needs a special permit to keep the animals. Reindeer are state protected animals in
Apart from the certificates mentioned, Chinese netizens have also come up with other permits that the jolly old man might need, such as certificates for a temporary residence permit, which has been scrapped in some cities for its discrimination against migrants, and a certificate honoring his use of a 100 percent emissions free vehicle.
Hopefully, the Santa will find his way into