Graham Harrison, Widely travelled.
If you walk down the stairs in your house are you safe? You might say “of course” but accidents in the home are a major source of injury. Safety is never absolute but so long as you recognise that fact China is probably safer than many other countries.
If I had to issue some cautions then:
1.Air quality in many cities can be very, very bad.
2.Remain aloof from Chinese life. I don’t mean be unfriendly, just don’t get involved.
3.Be aware of where you are when taking photographs. Tourist sights, fine. You probably won’t get near to anything they don’t want photographed but be aware.
Christopher Field, works at Not Anymore
A few years ago my Daughter and myself travelled in China as "Backpackers" (nothing organised) from the border with Mongolia to the southern island of Hainan. During our 3 months we experienced only gentle kindness with interest from the Chinese people with the exception of meeting a con woman who ran the "Tea Shoppe" scam. Nothing serious other than a bit of overcharging the "Tourists". I have experienced worse in Europe. So I encourage you go. Most of my preconceived ideas about China were shattered, for the good.
Ryan Fernandez, Visited both North and South Korea
Baring a few scams that other people have covered, I'll say yes. Probably safer than most other countries.
I think that Chinese are more or less honest. I've never been overcharged, or really scammed. You might be overcharged, but haggling is expected.
Plus, outside of major cities, you'll probably be there only foreigner in the area, which adds a surprising level of visibility. Nobody wants to be “the person that scammed/harmed the foreigner.”
Case in point, when my wife and I got married, one of my friends wandered off and got lost. She spoke no Chinese, and some random person noticed her, and a 12-year-old girl wanted to help, so she spoke with her, and in broken English called the four hotels that were allowed to host foreigners. She found it, and brought her back. My find had a good time, and the girl got to practice her English.
Let's start, perhaps, not with specific security rules and threats, but with undeniable facts: firstly, China is a very safe country, much safer than Russia and many other European countries, and secondly, the Chinese still treat foreigners friendly, often with an emphatic respect - China is still learning and equals to the West. There is also another factor. The Chinese themselves are a nation, to put it mildly, cautious
So, if you are thinking to visit China, there is not something that can stop you from that. It will be a great experience for you.
Matthew Miller, American living and working in China.
China is one of the world's safest countries. I have been living here in China for four years now, and I would feel comfortable almost anywhere at any time of day or night. Violent crime is almost nonexistent in China. There is some petty theft and scams, but almost nothing more than that. China is superbly, extremely safe for tourists and anyone else, and the vast majority of Chinese people are very welcoming and helpful
Raymond K. Cunningham, former Certified Records Manager at Institute of Certified Records Managers (1997-2019)
China is one of the safest places I have been in the world and I enjoy traveling there for that reason. I have not feared once going anywhere in China including the rural areas, crowded transport, or the major cities. I have always been treated well, sometimes embarrassingly so and as some have pointed out foreigners are safer than locals.
In short I love China and would love to live there. I go as often as I can.
Brian Smith, Have an 1 year expat life experience in China
Yes, it's quite safe. You can, for example, go buy water after midnight when city lights turned off and nobody will even try to borther you whether you are girl or guy.
Sam Katse, Strategy Consultant in Life Sciences + Healthcare.
China is very different from America or Europe. Women of all ages seem to be going around with no fear whatsoever at all times. So tourists shouldn't have much to worry about other than the traffic or getting ridiculously overcharged here and there.
People are helpful. Find a school-going kid if you need a translator from English to Chinese.