I was walking around the shopping area with a friend and we were approcahed by numerous "students". I am well aware that "students" often translates in Chinese to "hooker", but, man, these girls were sooooo ugly I felt more pity for them than anything else.They couldn't possibly be pro's......
So eventiually a couple tagged along with us, and I figured that they wanted to practice their (very bad) english.
We were doing shopping, and so they came out with that they knew some really cheap shop to get all our presents in (what a surpise) . We had nothing to do, so we tagged along with them merrily leading the way.
Man, they took us to REALLY BAD part of town, just north of Peoples Square. Hopefully, they nuked it already. We were looking at the normal Chinese c**p i.e. cheap shoes that fall to pieces, cheap bags that fall to pieces etc. and one of the girls said she'd like to get a drink of tea with us. We were both quite thirsty so we though okay. Before we knew what was going on, they had us locked in some backroom and just to open the door, they made us pay them 20 Euro for their unique "Tea ceremony" i.e. gargle about 20 teas at a euro a pop. Be careful ...at least at the hooker bars you know what is going on i.e. the girls will get you drunk and take your money. Man, this was a terrible frightening experience for me.And I travel a lot.
Beware of entering restaurants - gangs of thieves crowd you - usually with one in front, one on the side and two in the rear. The one in the front enters before you with the others crowding you from behind. The one in front then appears to change his mind and turns to get out creating a jam at the door. The crush results in your purse/wallet/backpack being picked with everything taken. My sister lost 4800 yuan this way in May 2007.
be careful when u are in :SUPERMARKET ,MALL,BUS.SUBWAY.OUTSIDE MARKETS,CROVDED STREETS.always watch your back never carry backpack,dont put mobile in your pocket,be carefull people behind you if they are too close...never allow them to get too close to you..never talk strangers if they talk to u keep walking,,,
The crime rate is not too bad in China and fairly low. Always be aware in crowded areas including transport, of petty theft such as pick pocketing and guard your valuables, keep your bags zipped and wallets out of hip pockets.
Beijing is a very safe city, especially in comparison with alot of other major cities around the world. When I was in Beijing the most common crime seemed to be petty theft, and while I was not a vicitim a friend of mine had her backpack stolen from right beside her chair in a KFC. Just remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and keep your valuables in your line of sight and you should be fine. Oh, and beware the traffic....cars stop for no one.
No offense to any Chinese People,but the roads in China have to be the most deadly in asia.The mix of bikes and cars does not work well-I witnessed a guy getting smashed by a car while on his bike.A car crashed into the back of ours in the centre of Beijing aswell.
When crossing the road at pedestrian crossings keep an eye out for cars coming towards you. It seems that drivers ignore Green Men signals and still carry on driving even though people are crossing the road.
I don't know if China has a huge problem with people walking around with rifles and other asorted weaponry. I know I certainly didn't see and signs that this is the case.
But whenever you enter anything official, like a park or the subway you see this sign telling you that
you can not bring your rifle with you inside.
And I have to wonder, if you see someone coming down the street with big rifle in his or her hands, do you really think he is going to notice the sign and go 'Oh right, this is a no rifle park' and turn around?
I even heard about a pub/nightclub that had a sign that said something like 'No knives, no nukes'!
Although I hope this was intended more as humor than the more official signs.
If you are unlucky enough to have your pocket picked be aware that you have to report the theft to the local station where the offence occurred and then take the form they supply you with to the police bureau to have it registered. You will recieve a copy note. By Chinese law they cannot record amounts of money stolen. Finding the local station can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack as many police areas are very small and can change from one side of the street to the other. Many also have no English. If you can get help from your hotel it is advisable. Mine provided an employee for the whole afternoon free I just had to pay for the car hire. Obviously stop all credit cards immediately but if it's only small amount of money or something of little value you may save your self alot of time and hassle putting it down to experience. It took me 4 hours even with the help of a hotel employee. Prvention is better than cure so if you have a zip pocket or money belt use it. Keep enough money seperate if the worst happens you can get back to your hotel.
Beijing is pretty safe this has only happened once and I've been going there since 1986
beijing is crawling with pickpockets and con-artists man, i'm telling ya. i've had so many friends who have had their passports, wallets, or cellphones snatched that i couldn't count them all if i tried. sure, it will happen in the predictable places: shopping districts, on the bus or subway, touristy areas. but apart from that, you have got to be constantly vigilant wherever you are, whether it's at the supermarket, at the bathroom of a restaurant, or anywhere. just watch it. it happens sooo fast.
This is easier said than done especially with the language barrier, but if you get angry or aggressive people will immediately behave much worse towards you, and observers will believe you are the party at fault.
I normally found that if things were awkward, but you stayed very very calm, and just made a pain of yourself by not going away and continually explaining what your problem was (I could only say Thank-you in Chinese and I did most of my Chinese trip alone), you could normally rectify the problem. Albeit rather slowly sometimes!
Be careful if you taking a public bus, especially if they are full and they know you're foreigner (they will think you're rich).
Other area is on tourist place as qianmen. Never put your bag on the back! There are too many people in Beijing - full of crowd. and police here is not much as help too,since they can't really speak english. so it is better prevent that everything too late happen.
Well It happened to me, My mobile got stolen - so fast - still can't figure it out how got stolen. bad mood for few days ...
Just be careful!
This is an old one, but can still happen to you!
Be really careful when visiting most popular tourist attractions such as Temple of Haeven or Forbidden City. They are also the most common places to get mugged. So NEVER carry your wallet, documents and other important things in front pockets of your rucksack or your bag or in your pockets (even if they have zippers). Put those things somewhere REALLY safe.
It can be sometimes scary seeing how people in Beijing crossing the street!
Many driver do not give priority to the walking people/bicycle , on the other side, people sometimes ignore the trafic signal and the car as well , go ahead anyway regardless the colour of the sign !
Always be careful while passing the street , don't follow those who ignore the traffic regulation (many of those are migrants from rural area , don't know how dangous it is) .Bear in mind that many of our drivers are new! Anything could happened.
Have a safe travel!!!!!!!!!!!
Having heard and seen enough about the Chinaman's potential aggressiveness, I have resolved to giving way whenever possible. i have seen scars of fights, potential fights breaking out (fighting over a seat in the subway, dealing with a caught pickpocket in town and over haggling at shops) to conclude that the aggression level here is higher. Indeed, if you learn from the locals, that challenging another to fight (esp those from the north) needs some technique. here, i have included a scene i took of a fight breaking out between cab drivers. what a jam!