Chinese society as been relatively not dog-friendly for most of the 1900s; now dogs are becoming more commonplace in China. The capital, Beijing, is leading the way. Partially due to high numbers of rabies cases, which were mostly carried by dogs, dogs were basically outlawed in the cities for much of the 1900s. Even today, there are 2000 human rabies cases per year in China, compared to single digits in the U.S. There are still size restrictions and laws in place banning dogs from many public areas in the city of Beijing, but they are often being tolerated anyway. For the full story, see here.