Safety & Crime
Compared with many other countries,
China is considered one of the safest countries
in the world for personal security. But petty
crime has increased in recent year, specially
in and around the major cities.
However, serious crime against foreigners
is relatively rare. Foreigners are natural targets
for pickpockets and thieves, but as long as you
keep your wits about you and make it difficult
for thieves to get at your belongings, you shouldn't
have any problems. High-risk areas in China are
train and bus stations, city and long-distance
buses (especially sleeper buses) and hard-seat
train carriages. So it is wise to be cautious
with your personal possession in public place.
If you have travel insurance (highly
recommended), it is essential to obtain a 1oss
report so you can claim compensation. Following
are some precautions to avoid potential problems:
- Do not show off your money in public.
- Keep enough money for your immediate
needs in your pocket, and hide the rest on your
body or leave your backup supply in a safety
deposit box at your hotel.
- Always keep valuables in a safety
deposit box at your hotel instead of leaving
them in your room.
- Remove any jewelry that may draw
a thief's attention before you go out for strolling.
- Never wear a bag or purse on your
street-side shoulder in order to avoid becoming
a target of the "snatch-and-ride".
- Never carry your passport/visa,
credit cards, traveller's cheques or other travel
documents in your shoulder bag or bum bag.
- Ensure that you aware of the values
of different local bank notes to avoid being
- Be particularly cautious about
your possession in crowded areas such as local
festivals, markets, tourist sites, railway,
bus stations, on trains and buses.
- Always let your hotel or guides
know where you are on your free days during
- Respect the custom of the local
- Do not quarrel with anyone during
- Any disputes should be reported
to your local guides for resolution.
- Avoid travelling in any areas or
sites that are not open to foreigners.
- Do not voice publicly any
opinions contrary to China's laws and code of
ethics and morals.