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China is a safe travel destination. The crime rate is relatively low and the authorities tend to impose harsher punishment against crimes committed to foreigners. So it is generally unlikely to suffer serious harassment when traveling. By taking certain precautions you can make your traveling expedition safe and enjoyable.

  • Dress rather more conservatively, especially as a woman. Do not wear over-revealing clothes or expensive jewelry, they may encourage unwanted attention.

  • Avoid walking alone late at night or at places which make you have a feeling of discomfort.

  • Make copies of your itinerary and contact information of your itinerary and your travel consultant, leave a set with a family member or a friend back home, and make phone calls or send emails at a regular time, so that they know you are safe.

  • Keep your valuables in a secure place and always pay attention to prevent pickpocketing.

  • You might encounter some strangers who want to practice English with you. If you have enough time, then it’s ok to have a conversation. However, don’t come along if they start insisting on you going with them to some special places that you didn’t plan to in the first place. Don’t be afraid to say "no" to an offer. If you intend to continue the conversation, make sure that it is you who choose the place.

  • Outside the scenic spots or on the road, there might be some vendors follow you and try to sell you something. If you are not interested, just ignore them and keep going. Usually they will quickly desist from annoying you.

  • Never trust a stranger blindly. Do not leave your luggage to a stranger. Do not eat or drink anything offered by a stranger.