Interesting question, so I’ll bite. The knee-jerk reaction is, “I would never…” But reality is so much more nuanced, since a country is like a person, neither all good nor all bad. The totalitarian Chinese gov’t is egregious in their mistreatment of minority factions and suppression of free society efforts, among many other shortcomings. However, China is much more: rich history and culture, spectacular natural wonders, people who thrive in spite of the limitations placed on them as well as a great many who suffer.
If one is privileged enough to experience China in person, is refusing to do so on principle punishing the gov’t more than the people? If travel, and thus the decision not to travel, is off the table; what can one do otherwise to help? (rhetorical)
Of course this discussion pertains to Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland so it’s less about cultural and nature education and more the fun and intrigue of seeing a transplanted US institution with cultural overlay. Does that make it less “worthy” of travel there? What about doing both? (rhetorical) Gray area abounds.
Though not China I’ve traveled to several countries with equally or only slightly less problematic gov’ts, originally because of work or family but with a tourism bent applied. The guilt is real, but the gains in empathy and obtaining outside perspective have outweighed the cons for me so far. I don’t know if I would visit China purely for tourism, but I would consider it.