Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Guangzhou is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
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 : LOW
Mugging and kidnapping against foreigners are extremely rare.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Counterfeit currency is a significant problem in Guangzhou. 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
Typhoons are common in summer and autumn.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Likely but the probabilities are low.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Guangzhou is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other country.