Tesla drivers were also stopped from using certain roads in Chengdu earlier this month when President Xi Jinping was visiting the metropolis in southwestern China, according to Reuters.
Authorities in Qinhuangdao, which administers Beidaihe, and Chengdu did not immediately respond to queries from CNN Business, while Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
Tu Le, founder of Beijing-based consulting firm Sino Auto Insights, said that he had heard from Tesla owners who live in Beidaihe, or frequently visit the resort, that they may not be able to drive their vehicles there soon.
Recently, Chinese government officials have been leery of the data collected by Tesla’s onboard cameras.
Since last year, some Chinese government ministries have barred Teslas from entering their office compounds in Beijing, a source who regularly visits these agencies for business meetings with officials told CNN. The source asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject.
Le said that the reports about the latest restrictions weren’t particularly surprising, given those concerns.
“To me, this is just a continuation of current policy,” he told CNN Business.
Tesla has addressed the concerns directly, pledging to keep any data it collects from locally sold cars within China’s borders.
Musk has also sought to personally reassure the Chinese government, meeting officials and rolling out a charm offensive in local media.
“There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information,” the world’s richest man said last March at a conference organized by a unit of the government.
“If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down,” he added.
Those assurances, however, don’t seem to have done enough.
“It’s a very sensitive time,” Le noted. “So I think every precaution is being taken.”
China is critical
“If this was any other country, Elon would throw a fit,” he said. “His silence speaks volumes to me.”
“Any leverage points will try to be exploited,” said Le.
In recent years, Musk has also outlined an ambitious goal of producing 20 million vehicles by 2030.
But “his goals for world domination, they don’t come to fruition without China playing a big part,” said Le. “Not only from the demand standpoint … but from access to market, manufacturing, [and continued] friendly policies toward Tesla.”
— CNN’s Beijing bureau, Steven Jiang and Laura He contributed to this report.