When moving abroad, your own safety and security, as well as that of your dependents, is an important matter to consider. Luckily, China is a comparatively safe place to live when it comes to violent crime. However, expats should be aware of potential natural hazards and China’s strict control of public order.
To best prepare you for life in China, we have summed up some basic safety advice. Look out for scams targeting tourists, as well as counterfeit money and goods. Also make sure you are truly up to driving on China’s winding mountain roads or busy city streets. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, and earthquakes may pose a further risk to your safety in China, depending on where in the country you are staying. Keep an eye on weather reports and follow the advice and directions of the local authorities! Similarly, keep up-to-date on local events if you are planning a trip to the Autonomous Regions of Tibet or Xinjiang: ethnical and political tensions are high, and violent outbreaks and attacks have been known to happen.