There is little violent crime...
There is little violent crime against tourists in China, partly because the penalties are severe for those who are caught; execution is the most common. Sexual harassment and rape of foreign women are relatively rare, but there are cases. Women out alone at night are particularly vulnerable.
Pickpocketing, however, is a growing problem. Keep valuables in a money belt or locked in a hotel safe. A general rule of thumb is don't wear anything that will stand out: i.e., revealing or flashy clothes, expensive jewelry. If nothing else, you may be harassed by people politely asking if you will trade clothes or give them your watch.
The traffic in Chinese cities is usually heavy and just as out-of-control as it looks. Be very careful when crossing streets or riding a bicycle.
Respiratory problems may be aggravated by the polluted air in China's cities. Some residents and visitors alike find that wearing a surgical mask helps.
BE AWARE OF PICKPOCKETSNo...
BE AWARE OF PICKPOCKETS
No matter where you are, always take care of your bag, especially in the places where a lot of people are, such as Chenghuang Temple, Huaihai Road, Nanjing road, etc. Be aware, the thieves in Shanghai are so skillful. You can never believe it! But they ARE! So, do be careful.
Shanghai is a 'shopping...
Shanghai is a 'shopping paradise'! One of the first things you will notice about Shanghai is how trendy the young people are. Shanghai is famous for its clothing and fashions. The local fashion and garment industry has been the trendsetter in China for many years. Products are of great quality and come for a good price. Nevertheless, in high class boutiques, you will not find bargains on high fashions and imports.
The major Shopping areas of Shanghai are Nanjing East Road, Huaihai Road, and Xujiahui. These three areas are all known for their mid-scale to high class department stores and boutiques. Also, Shanghai offers two smaller clothing and souvenir markets: Xiangyang Market with its clothing deals (much like Silk Alley in Beijing), and Yuyuan Market with its folk atmosphere.
Shanghai also has a few bird and flower markets that make life here that much more pleasant.
Shanghai has some traditional art forms and crafts to offer you. Follow these links to learn more: chinese silk, gold and silver jewelry, rugs and tapestries, and jade and ivory carvings.
PLEASE don't go to...
PLEASE don't go to Hangzhou,Suzhou or Zhouzhuang during the holiday in China,such as May day,first week of October,and spring fetival!!! Because those days are the holidays for all of the Chinese people,ahhh..you can't imagine how crowded they are in those tourist places,I am sure you won't feel good!!
Haha..you know,I used to have the experience that going to Zhouzhuang during long vacation(Oct 1th-7th),JESUS...it seems that I visit a lovely watertown with a special PEOPLE SHOW,I feel I even couldn't breathe!! So I decide that I will never ever go out during long vacation.Staying at home is the best way to relax!
Over priced Tsingtao beer at Pudong Airport, make sure you still have some cash before leaving..... 90rmb pints....lol........still didn't stop Rabbit!
- Family Travel
- Beer Tasting
- Business Travel
Shanghai is generally pretty safe.
Compared to other places I've been to in China, Shanghai has been the safest city I've ever been to.
- Work Abroad
Be careful when crossing a street. Cars not always respect the traffic lights.
At the big cross-ways there where even guards with whistles to watch over the pedestrians.
Shanghai China Yu Qing Cha Lou Tea Scam
Here are some pictures from a Shanghai China Yu Qing Cha Lou Tea Scam
...of strange black ninja's trying to take your photograph-tillyaph!
- Arts and Culture
Watch your step!
Chinese spitt everywhere.. also indoors, so if you are in a restaurant don't put your bag on the floor but on a chair.
fast lane for truckers!!!
a usual sight .... overladen trucks
this one on our way to shanghai zoo....
overtaking our taxi van!
- Road Trip
Don't fall off a ship!
Don't fall of a ship or boat because "Help" may not be understood unless your screaming in Chinese!! You may want to learn how to say "Help" in chinese for some tricky situations!
- Budget Travel
I saw this sign in the new old town of Shanghai, and thanks to rtideas and tnds I found out, what it means:
Never feel ashamed to bargin...
Never feel ashamed to bargin first before you buy! For example, if you are buying a painting in Chenghuang Temple, try to make it 50yuan if they offer you 300yuan.