Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Shanghai is quite safe and a non-violent compared to other metropolitan cities of comparable size. 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 and on public transportation. 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 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
Shanghai is located in an active seismic zone, so earthquakes are not uncommon. The city does not experience heavy snowfall, but a small amount of snow can bring parts of the city to a halt.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are likely, but there is a low probability.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Shanghai is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other country.