In 2014, Trey Ratcliff found out the hard way that China has some fairly strict laws for flying and filming with drones. He did manage to capture some outstanding footage before he was detained for a short period of time.
Here are a few of the main points from UAV Systems International.
A good rule to follow when traveling in China, if you are not sure of the laws allowing drone photography, ask. There are many places around China that allow photography by drone. The main areas where you may not use drone photography are historical landmarks and in areas around government and official offices. That’s where you might run into trouble.