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Safety

Compared with many other countries, China is considered one of the safest countries in the world for personal security. But petty crime has increased in recent years, especially in and around the major cities.

However, serious crime against foreigners is relatively rare. Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and purse snatching occur somewhat frequently. Especially in crowded areas such as stations, markets, shopping areas and sightseeing destinations, so it is wise to be careful with your personal belongings in public areas.

Following are some precautions to avoid possible problems:

  1. Do not show off your money in public.
  2. Always keep valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel instead of leaving them in your room.
  3. Don't wear any jewelry, which might draw a thief's attention.
  4. Never wear a bag on your street-side shoulder in order to avoid becoming a target of the "snatch-and-ride".
  5. Never carry your passport/visa, credit cards, traveler's schedules or other travel documents in your shoulder bag.
  6. Ensure that you are aware of the values of different local banknotes to avoid being deceived.
  7. Be particularly cautious about your belongings in crowded areas such as local festivals, markets, tourist sites, railway, bus stations, on trains and buses.
  8. Always let your hotel or guides know where you are on your free days during your tour.
  9. Respect the customs of the local ethnic groups.
  10. Do not quarrel with anyone during your trip.
  11. Any disputes should be reported to your local guides for resolution.
  12. Avoid traveling in any areas or sites that are not open to foreigners.