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.
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.