Overall, China is considered one of the safest countries in the world to travel. Crime is very low throughout and is generally limited to petty theft, pickpockets, and so forth.

It is important to remember that local laws and penalties, even those which may seem harsh by U.S. standards, do apply to you. For example, there are strictly enforced laws that prohibit demonstrations unless there is prior approval from the government. Penalties for drug offenses are severe.

For up-to-date information, visit the Overseas Security Advisory Council's website:

OSAC Region Reports

Important phone numbers to remember:

  • Dial 110 for Police
  • Dial 119 for Fire
  • Dial 120 for Emergency