Shanghai Warnings and Dangers

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  • There is little violent crime...

    by Tal_A Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    by Chris_Dahlia Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Shanghai is a 'shopping...

    by zqboy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • PLEASE don't go to...

    by alexia_lin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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, can't imagine how crowded they are in those tourist places,I am sure you won't feel good!! know,I used to have the experience that going to Zhouzhuang during long vacation(Oct 1th-7th), 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!

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    Pudong Airport

    by rabbit06 Updated Oct 31, 2011

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    Over priced Tsingtao beer at Pudong Airport, make sure you still have some cash before leaving..... 90rmb didn't stop Rabbit!

    very nice! Tsingtao on Tap!
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    Shanghai is generally pretty safe.

    by simcard Updated Aug 1, 2009

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    Compared to other places I've been to in China, Shanghai has been the safest city I've ever been to.

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    by abautz Written Feb 18, 2008

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    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.

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  • Shanghai China Yu Qing Cha Lou Tea Scam

    by Paul_2112 Written Jan 26, 2008

    Here are some pictures from a Shanghai China Yu Qing Cha Lou Tea Scam

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    by Flipboy Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    ...of strange black ninja's trying to take your photograph-tillyaph!


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    Watch your step!

    by Mittnic Written Aug 26, 2005

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    Chinese spitt everywhere.. also indoors, so if you are in a restaurant don't put your bag on the floor but on a chair.

    no spitting

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    fast lane for truckers!!!

    by SangAji Written Feb 20, 2005

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    a usual sight .... overladen trucks

    this one on our way to shanghai zoo....

    overtaking our taxi van!

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    Don't fall off a ship!

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    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!

    Ahoy Matey!!
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    by tini58de Updated Nov 5, 2002

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    just kidding!!!

    I saw this sign in the new old town of Shanghai, and thanks to rtideas and tnds I found out, what it means:

    "No firecrackers"


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    Never feel ashamed to bargin...

    by Chris_Dahlia Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • Oct 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    FOR WOMEN: avoid traveling alone by taxi late at night, especially if you have been partying/clubbing, etc, and are all made up and/or tipsy. Being foreign makes you an easy (and exotically alluring) target for unscrupulous people, and being alone that late at night not only implies to Chinese that you have loose morals (so maybe you'd be okay with a little grope, right?) but also that there is no one who would help/protect you in Shanghai. Several female Western coworkers and I have wound up trapped in a cab with a driver making unwanted advances on us going home late at night. Making sure it is a legitimate taxi is no guarantee - we were all in real, licensed cabs. The majority of taxis are fine, but there are enough unscrupulous cab drivers that you should be wary. It's tough because you obviously can't leave a moving vehicle, and even if you do get out you don't want to walk alone on an abandoned street at 3 am where you don't speak the language or know the area, especially if you don't see any other taxis nearby that you could change to.

    So here are the tips if you have to travel after the subways close:
    1) Don't go alone if you can possibly avoid it.
    2) HAVE ENOUGH MONEY!! You can pay with cash, Chinese atm card or even a subway card. You can use cash and the subway card together if necessary. If they are going to try to take advantage of you, that is how. Have it ready to hand him in exact change the second the vehicle stops, or don't worry about change. Even if he isn't a creep, you don't want to sit there long enough for someone on the street to spot you and come up to wait outside the car for you while you fiddle in your purse.
    3) Sit in the back seat, out of reach. Shanghai taxis almost always have a plastic wall/divider between driver/passenger side, but he can still reach around it if he really wants to.
    4) Have the address written in Chinese characters, even if a Chinese person told him where to go. If he needs to be reminded you have it handy.
    5) Make absolutely sure the cab driver knows how to get there before you get in. Sometimes they'll nod at you to get you in the car and guarantee a fare, but not know how to take you where you want to go.
    6) Don't talk. Just answering questions in a friendly way can be seen as flirting when it comes from you, a foreign woman alone at night. Just play with your phone if you need an excuse.
    If he speaks to you in Chinese, "Ting bu dong" is "I don't understand." You don't want to smile and shrug or shake your head no, and have that be misconstrued as answer you did not intend.
    7) If you're nervous, talk about your male relative/boyfriend waiting for you at your destination. Maybe he had a headache earlier or had to work in the morning, etc., which is why he isn't there. Pretend to keep getting texts from him. Show a photo of a buff guy on your phone. Whatever else, you are NOT in Shanghai alone and you are NOT single. ("Yi ge ren" pronounced "ee guh ren" is "alone")
    8) If he does something specific that intimidates you, write down/photograph his taxi license info (it will be in front of you) and show him you have it. Also take a clear picture of his face (sometimes the drivers don't match their pictures in the car) and threaten to call 110 (police). Do so the next day if you feel it is necessary (though FYI I hear the police are a hassle).
    Last but not least:
    9) PAY AND GET OUT. You aren't dumb. You know when you feel unsafe. Look out the window, check your surroundings, and leave. Throw a fit until he stops the car if you need to. Make sure you pay the amount on the taxi-meter because he won't let you out/bystanders will be on his side if you don't. Get a different cab. It is unlikely you'll wind up with a scumbag twice in one night.

    All of my friends and my experiences happened in real taxi cabs with the taxi meters and special licenses and everything. That is no guarantee. Be wise.
    That said, none of us have ever had any problems like that in the daylight, though some have lived here many years.

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    Mar 27, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Two tips I would like to second: 1. The laundry tip re SPAwash. They are a great service, everything from personal laundry (and work closely w/hotels and apartment communities for extra convenience) to dry cleaning (high quality plus in an unusual move, they use eco friendly products) and specialty items. They cleaned and repaired a favorite jacket of mine and it looks brand new. You can get laundry done nearly everywhere in Shanghai, but if you bring your expectations from home, you want to contact them. They usually do a 50% off for first timers too, I think. 2. Crosswalks/pedestrians. The signs and zebra crossings give people the idea of right-of-way as they might know elsewhere. Do not make that assumption. You may also be startled when a motorized scooter honks at you from behind on the sidewalk to get out of its way.

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    Jan 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Hi! I live in China and went to Shanghai this weekend. I went clubbing with my friends and we went to McDonalds at around 6am. There were a lot of beggars there and this one woman came up to us and asked for money. We said "mei you" (dont have), but they wouldn't give up. The woman had with her a little child who managed to distract us for a while.

    When we went out of McDonalds a bit later I realized they had stolen my phone from my jacket pocket. I am usually very careful with my things and have never lost anything like this before. So be careful! Carry your stuff on the inside of your clothes.

    It is also worth saying that the police station could not file a report on the stolen phone (which I needed if I wanted the money for the phone from my travel insurance company) so this makes it even worse.

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