Is China safe for tourists?
Absolutely safe , I went to China couple of times and visited Shanghai, gounzhau, Kaiping villege. I can go out at night any time for eat, walk or drink. In fact at night there are some local street restaurants, full of crowd for BBQ or hotpot. Shanghai pretty good , i lost my way to hotel, people there guide me and helped me to go to my hotel. In main cities people speak or know English very well but if you go to visit some rural area, you may find some difficulties in speaking with locals. Most of the taxi drivers doesn't know English , I would suggest hire licensed taxi and get help from local to write address in Chinese to show driver Or you can use map anyways. So do not worry , you will like China as I do and must try local cousins like hot pot , BBQ ( char siu), many other varieties of food
Ajay Kumar, B. Tech Information Technology & Computer Science, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (2012)
China is a fascinating and diverse country which is generally a safe country to visit. It welcomes more than 100 million tourists a year and lays claims to being the fourth most popular destination in the world. Its economy has been booming for years and its interest to the outside world, heightened by the Summer Olympics of 2008, appears to be increasing as well. While there are precautions one should take when traveling to and around China is one among the most secure tourist destinations
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Andrew Orr, studied International Business & Mandarin Chinese
Yes. From a violent crime standpoint, China is one of the safest countries in the world you can visit as a tourist.
You still have to have common sense, and of course women should exercise a little more caution than men, but overall it’s incredibly safe for anyone, men and women alike.
While physical safety may not be as much of a concern, tourists visiting China for the first time who speak no Chinese and give clues they don’t know their way around and don’t understand how things work in China are prime targets for scammers. I briefly talked about scammers in my answer to “what is a rookie mistake when visiting China?”
Derek Harkness, Living and working in China since 2006.
Yes China is safe for tourists. There is no more danger to you here than in another European or North American area and possibly much less danger than many. There are the usual scams and pick pockets in cities but no more or less than anywhere else in the developed world. You can come to China, have a good time, meet the local people, eat some good food, drink some beer, see the sights and return home with only the normal level of caution such that you would use in any other location
Mark Evison, Lived worked travelled China 7yrs. Probably not again thanks
Very safe in some terms - you won't get mugged, stabbed or shot (think London or new york), and in a way you can do whatever you like, especially as you'd be a foreigner..
If you do have an accident or require help, people will often stand around looking at you, rather than actually call an ambulance. If you get to a hospital it will be full of thousands of sick people and their many accompanying relatives (unless you luck out and get into a foreign department).
It's an interesting, unique and very weird country and culture!
Mark Fudemberg, Macduffie International School (2016-present)
I have lived in Beijing for 5 years now and feel safe anytime and anywhere.
If you are visiting, a couple of tips:
1.Only take metered taxis. In tourist areas, renegade or black taxis will badger you. They are twice the price. If you can, download the Didi app do. It’s a taxi service which is the cheapest. You can use English and it translates to Chinese and the driver’s messages translate to English. And, you can reserve a car if you know you'll go.
2.In the highly traveled tourist areas, watch for scams. The best thing to do is ignore and keep walking. I’ve taken to answering in Spanish which does the trick.
Enjoy your stay
Nancy MacKay, writer who travels for pleasure and inspiration
I just returned from China yesterday, and I can reply with confidence that China is extremely safe, more so than in my U.S. home in the San Francisco Bay Area. I traveled to Beijing, Xi'an, Changsha, ZhangJiaJie, and Shanghai. Everywhere I found people courteous and respectful.
V.nagasanthosh Reddy, Software engineer at Microsoft (2009-present)
100% safe compared to any country , I am an indian working in shanghai and often times I see both men and women walk across the streets alone after work even in midnight. just think in how many countries is it possible ? for me none except china .
being foreigner you get lot of perks from local Chinese and they are so friendly than anyone , ofcourse watch for the spammers ( as they are every where in the world) . go ahead and plan a travel in china , otherwise you will surely miss something .