The Chinese don’t believe in chakras, they use meridians which work as energy freeways throughout one’s body. In a way chakras seem to only exist as a mechanism for function and understanding. I am not convinced that they are “real” things apart from when the individual decides they exist and visualises them.
On a side note, I head about chakra removal a few years ago. A friend of mine woke me up in the middle of the night, told me he needed to remove them, and that he needed me to hold a shield up around him while he did. He was unsuccessful. He told me that one can also get them removed by certain weirdo reiki masters but of course one must be incredibly careful as it is akin to energetic surgery.