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Safety & Crime

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 year, specially in and around the major cities.

However, serious crime against foreigners is relatively rare. Foreigners are natural targets for pickpockets and thieves, but as long as you keep your wits about you and make it difficult for thieves to get at your belongings, you shouldn't have any problems. High-risk areas in China are train and bus stations, city and long-distance buses (especially sleeper buses) and hard-seat train carriages. So it is wise to be cautious with your personal possession in public place.

If you have travel insurance (highly recommended), it is essential to obtain a 1oss report so you can claim compensation. Following are some precautions to avoid potential problems:

  • Do not show off your money in public.
  • Keep enough money for your immediate needs in your pocket, and hide the rest on your body or leave your backup supply in a safety deposit box at your hotel.
  • Always keep valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel instead of leaving them in your room.
  • Remove any jewelry that may draw a thief's attention before you go out for strolling.
  • Never wear a bag or purse on your street-side shoulder in order to avoid becoming a target of the "snatch-and-ride".
  • Never carry your passport/visa, credit cards, traveller's cheques or other travel documents in your shoulder bag or bum bag.
  • Ensure that you aware of the values of different local bank notes to avoid being deceived.
  • Be particularly cautious about your possession in crowded areas such as local festivals, markets, tourist sites, railway, bus stations, on trains and buses.
  • Always let your hotel or guides know where you are on your free days during your tour.
  • Respect the custom of the local ethnic groups.
  • Do not quarrel with anyone during your trip.
  • Any disputes should be reported to your local guides for resolution.
  • Avoid travelling in any areas or sites that are not open to foreigners.
  • Do not voice publicly any opinions contrary to China's laws and code of ethics and morals.
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