Because of the strict gun control and protection from terrorism, China is one of the safest countries in the world. Although the crime rate in China is lower than most, petty crime often occurs in some places. Pick pocketing and purse snatching are quite common in some crowded areas such as railway stations, shopping centers, sightseeing destinations, busses and so on. So when you are traveling in China, you are advised to take safety precautions:
Do not show your money or purse in public. You'd better have small bills (CNY5, CNY10 and CNY 20) in your pocket so that you don't need to open your purse.
Leave your valuables in a safe place such as the hotel safe. Do not leave them in your room or take them with you.
Do not open your door unless you know the person.
Do not eat or drink the food and water a stranger provides for you.
Do not stay until closing at bars or nightclubs as you may become involved in some disputes.
Be cautious when you are wearing a bag or purse. Keep your eye on them at all times.
Put your passport/visa, credit cards, traveler checks or other travel documents in inner pockets, as they are safer.
It is illegal to exchange currency with others; you must use banks, hotels or other official exchange offices.
Always inform your guide or hotel of travel plans on your free days during the tour.
Avoid traveling in any areas that are not opened to foreigners.
Respect local customs and avoid dissension with people.
Abide by Chinese laws and rules while you are in China.
While traveling in China, you may come across some emergencies. Once you are in trouble, do not hesitate to call 110 for the police or 120 for an ambulance. Also, make note of the telephone number of your guides, tour group leaders, hotels and even your embassy and consulates. If you lost your credit cards or traveler checks, inform the issuer as soon as possible. If you lost your passport, you must report to the nearest Public Security Bureau and explain what has happened. Contact your embassy or consulate as well, applying for an exit document with a certificate issued by the local Public Security Bureau.
Useful Telephone Numbers
When you are traveling in China, these numbers below may help you in certain circumstance.
114 Local Telephone Number Inquiry
116 Domestic Long Distance Inquiry
117 Time Inquiry
121 Weather Forecast
122 Traffic Police
184 Zipcode Inquiry
185 Emergency Mail