Is China safe for tourists?
In general yes. The biggest concern is usually your property not your safety. Your wallet etc. can get stolen quickly if you are not paying attention. Of course this varies by location, for example people in Hangzhou are more likely to return a lost wallet than in Shenzhen. Talking to a local bodyguard, he said the Northwest is the most dangerous place and one reason is the lower population density.
Chinese have a different perspective on safety, they feel the downtown areas are safer, and it gets more dangerous in the outskirts of cities.
Mozafar Hayder, on the move
Originally Answered: Is traveling in China safe?
Almost too safe.
People stare at you curiously if you look obviously different, and if they - or you - break the ice, they will ask you for photos, speak to you or try to speak to you, offer you food on trains, offer you cigarettes, drinks, to play cards or mahjong etc... I was almost craving something dangerous to happen to have a story to tell.
* my China trip involved Shanghai, Wuhan, Beijing, Xian, Inner mongolia and Gansu. I am aware China is much bigger than that, but I can only imagine it being even safer and friendlier outside of these areas.
** I traveled with a Chinese friend for a week or so (out of more than a month), and I became aware that some of the things that are being said to me are not particularly nice. But I still didn't care, it's one of the friendliest places I have been and I couldn't understand a word!
Stephanie Smith, worked at Goldman Sachs
China is generally very safe for tourists. From my perspective, the center of the economic world will continue to shift toward’s China’s incredible ability to execute and get things done.
But these are the 3 big reasons I couldn’t live there:
1.Smoking. Everywhere you go there are people blowing smoke in your face. It’s disgusting and everything stinks, every restaurant, elevator, even walking down the street. As a non-smoker, it’s disgusting and stinks.
2.Time. Going to the bank, getting stuck in traffic, queues for things… I just can’t stand the waste of time doing some things. Some endless paperwork to do simple things just feels not as efficient as they could be. I can’t stand wasting time waiting for things, it is worse than wasting money.
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Alex Roman, Travel expert at hikersbay.com
Foreigners can be targeted for passports, laptops, mobile phones, purses and handbags. Major tourist sites and areas frequented by foreigners attract thieves and pickpockets. Take extra care at major tourist sites, street markets, Beijing International Airport, major international events and conferences and popular bar areas after dark. If your passport is lost or stolen, report it to the nearest police station or Public Security Bureau, who will issue a ‘confirmation of loss’ report. Don’t resist any attempted robbery.
Serious crime against foreigners is relatively rare, but incidents do occur. There have been incidents of sexual assault and robbery of foreigners, particularly when travelling alone in a taxi late at night in major cities. Where possible, take an ‘official’ taxi, make sure someone knows where you are and try to take a note of the taxi’s number.
There are occasional incidents with taxi and pedicab drivers who insist the passenger misunderstood the fare. Avoid travelling in unmarked or unmetered ‘taxis’ and insist on paying only the meter fare. Ask the driver for a receipt (fapiao), on which the taxi number should be printed. You can take this to the police to lodge a complaint.
Counterfeit bank notes (especially RMB100) are increasingly common. They are generally crumpled to avoid detection. Unscrupulous traders may try to switch your genuine bank notes for counterfeits. Check carefully before accepting notes. It is quite normal to do so.
Beware of scams particularly in popular tourist areas. A regular example is the ‘tea tasting’ scam. Scams usually involve a foreign national being invited to visit a bar, shop or cafe – for example to practice English or meet a girl - but results in demands for an exorbitant fee, often payable by credit card. This can result in threats of violence or credit card fraud.
Don’t trek alone in isolated areas, including those that follow parts of the Great Wall. If you do, leave your itinerary, mobile number and expected time of return at your hotel or with a third party.
Areas bordering on Siberia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Laos and Burma are poorly policed. In Yunnan Province, drug smuggling and other crimes are increasing. There is a risk of attack from armed bandits in remote areas.
China isn't the South Korea and is definitely a place you must visit once in your life. Straight answer is like any other countries of course it depends on the area, what time is it, and what you are doing there. The food are delicious, the scenic views and diversity incredible.
Ive travelled a few times to China and never encountered anything that's dangerous. What you should watch out for is probably pickpockets around the semi rural area or in the public transport, but other than that nothing malicious really. Just stay within tourist area and you should be fine.
That being said like with any countries, researching the customs and cultures here will get you a long way to getting along with people. Most dont speak english so make sure you learn some basic words like toilet.
Chuxhu Joseph, lives in Dalian, Liaoning, China (2004-present)
Well I’ve lived here for 14 years now and haven’t had any serious issues with safety but if you go looking for trouble you’ll surely find it. Compared to most countries, even first world countries, China is really safe and Chinese people for the most past are very hospitable and welcoming. Street cams and police deter street crimes but there are a few incidents here and there.
A few place to look out for trouble would in clubs or bars . Night life is pretty decent and you’ll surely find locals eager to meet foreigners but there are also locals who aren’t so friendly . Altercations between foreigners and Chinese typically end very badly for foreigners. A fight between one foreigner and one Chinese person will most likely quickly escalate into a “5 Chinese vs 1 foreigner” beat down.
My advise would be to avoid any and all situations that could turn into a fight, the police won’t help you and you could end with serious injuries.
Robert Gerchalk, Been to about 35 countries, spend time in Thailand
I went to Guangzhou for a few days. Had not problems. Internet searches said that taxis might cheat you, but I didn’t ride them. I rode the subways mostly with no problems, clean, modern, no problems or beggars as are common in New York and Paris, etc. On arrival I got a sim card at the airport, took a long time but done. I got off at the wrong subway stop for my hotel at the Tianhe neighborhood. Ended up walking a few kilometers with pack on my back. No Google maps but Apple Maps worked, albeit slowly. I got to my hotel, the non-English speaking clerk called a man who translated. Hotel had no heat, I slept with my clothes on. The street behind if was a little lane full of shops and eateries, everything open very late, great street food, barbers cutting hair at midnight. I felt safer than my home neighborhood (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA at the time).
Mason Paige, studied at University of California, Berkeley (2013)
Yes, very much so.
Try to learn basic chinese before you go. That small gesture alone can make Chinese people warm up to you. They greatly appreciate the genuine effort you put in order to learn their language. Don’t worry, they know chinese is not the easiset language to master so a little stumble here and there will be fine!
Please be mindful that you might be surprised how your culture can vary vastly than chinese culture; but still, be respectful.
Each province speaks their own dialect and there many different tribes living in different part of China. Just wonder how many civilizations you can observe while you’re there! (Not to mention beautiful mountains and lakes often seen in chinese paintings).
Of course, it does not hurt to refrain from wandering around alone at night and make sure to watch out for traffic when you’re crossing the streets. (Read: use common sense when travelling).