The Modern Classic Hotel in the city of Shenzhen, in the southern Guangdong province, has displayed a sign warning its American guests that they will incur an additional 25 per cent "tax" on their bill.
Earlier on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the United States was in a nasty trade battle with China, but things would ultimately work out.
Not unexpectedly, several readers have expressed concern about the possible impact of the introduction of new United States tariffs on Chinese, Canadian and European imports on Australian and world share markets.
China's surplus with the United States hit a record high last month, data showed today.
This prompted Beijing to accuse Washington of launching the "largest trade war" in economic history, while immediately matching the U.S. tariffs dollar for dollar. China also said both its imports and exports with the United States rose in the first half of 2018. So far China has responded in kind, adding tariffs to $34bn of goods from the U.S. and threatening "firm and forceful measures" to match the threat of tariffs on $200bn worth of United States exports.
"Looking ahead, export growth will cool in the coming months as U.S. tariffs start to bite alongside a broader softening in global demand", Capital Economics analyst Julian Evans-Pritchard said in a statement.
Analysts also pointed out that Chinese export growth slowed to 11.3% year on year in June, from 12.2% in May, illustrating that exporters, faced with the threat of further trade barriers, were becoming more circumspect in sending goods overseas.
China's foreign trade faces risks of slowing in the second half of the year, General Administration of Customs spokesman Huang Songping told a news conference - a view backed by analysts and likely to put more strain on an economy already feeling the pinch from a multi-year debt battle that has driven up corporate borrowing costs.
Growth in imports for June showed a moderate slowdown from May, official data showed on Friday.
Imports grew 14.1 percent in June, customs said, missing analysts' forecast of a 20.8 percent growth, and compared with a 26 percent rise in May.
But in a statement coming from the Chinese Commerce Ministry, The Asian nation said the surplus was overestimated and caused by America's own "domestic structural problems".
The data could renew longstanding criticism from the United States and Europe that the world's top metal producer is selling its surplus product overseas, hurting foreign rivals.
However, analysts said the June figures were a sign that exporters rushed to beat the initial tranche of tariffs, which came into effect in the first week of July.