Is China a Safe or Dangerous Country?Turkey, some well-dressed men or women may approach you and ask you to take a picture of them before dragging you to expensive cafés or restaurants and then leaving you with a crazy bill that you will be forced to pay. These con artists are usually found along Shanghai’s East Nanjing Rd, the Bund, and Beijing’s Wangfujing Dajie. Transportation Safety Beijing’s Capital Airport is infamous for its taxi scams; always stand in line at the taxi rank and make sure that the driver uses his/her meter. It is best to avoid pedicabs and motorized three-wheelers as many people have complained about drivers changing the price even if you had already agreed on a price. Traffic accidents are the major cause of Death in China. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 600 traffic deaths per day. Do not be surprised if there are no seatbelts on long-distance buses, or if they are unusable. And since we are talking about traffic, it is important to note that crossing the road in China has also its risks. Be extra vigilant when crossing the street as cars frequently turn on red lights, so the green for pedestrians does not always mean safe to cross. Natural Dangers Most earthquakes occur in the west of China (in remote mountainous areas) with no effect on tourism. In recent years, the Sichuan Province experienced two large quakes that caused some disruptions to tourism, but no travelers were injured. Some rural areas may be subject to flooding during the rainy season like regions near the Yangtze River. The rainy season occurs between April and June in southern and eastern China, from June to August in the north and west, and between May and September for the areas near the Yangtze River. Mountainous areas in the southwest of China that have plenty of rain like Yunnan, Sichuan provinces and Tibet (from May to September) are more likely to have Landslides. Typhoons are common during the wet season (from June to August) along the southern and eastern coasts. Air pollution is severe, so always monitor the air pollution levels as they change quickly. There are a few websites and apps that can help you.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
China is quite safe and a non-violent country. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Mugging and kidnapping against foreigners are extremely rare.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Counterfeit currency is a significant problem in China. Always try to carry small bills or to use exact change.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
China is located in an active seismic zone, but earthquakes usually occur in non-tourist zones. The rainy season may cause flooding and landslides. Flooding is common in central, western, and southern China, especially areas around the Yangtze River. The Karakoram and Khunjerab Pass routes can be dangerous due to landslides. Typhoons are usual along the southern and eastern coasts. Moreover, air pollution is severe; you can monitor air pollution levels here.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorist attacks are likely in China. Take particular care and remain vigilant when traveling to or within Xinjiang as most attacks take place in this region according to the Chinese government.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
China is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other country.