Meanwhile, several Japanese schools across China, including in Beijing and Shanghai, cancelled classes due to the escalation of the crisis.
Anti-Japan protesters marched past the Japanese embassy in the capital Beijing after Japan announced its decision on Tuesday to purchase a chain of the disputed islands in East China Sea from their private Japanese owner.
Following the announcement, Beijing sent six surveillance ships to the islands “to start patrol and law enforcement.”
In the southern city of Shenzhen, police fired tear gas at the angry protesters who were calling for “bloodbath” in Tokyo.
In addition, over 1,000 protesters held a demonstration in the southern city of Guangzhou, burning Japanese flags. They also attacked a hotel next to the Japanese consulate.
The disputed territories, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, have been the topic of a long-running row between Tokyo and Beijing. The islands are uninhabited but resource-rich.
The islands are located near a crucial shipping lane and would give the owner exclusive oil, mineral and fishing rights in the surrounding waters.