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
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
- Do not show off your money
- 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
- 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 deceived.
- Be particularly cautious
about your possession in crowded areas
such as local festivals, markets, tourist
sites, railway, bus stations, on trains
- Always let your hotel or
guides know where you are on your free
days during your tour.
- Respect the custom of the
local ethnic groups.
- Do not quarrel with anyone
during your trip.
- 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.