How safe is China compared to Europe and America?

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

I've been to around 20 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa in the past five years. Many people are curious abt China but also feel a bit worried abt visiting China cause they watched a lot of negative reports from media. So every time I got to explain a lot to them like we got one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Most people will be like "Oh So that's what it is!" but some people still don't believe it because they think I'm brainwashed by the government. Well, this part would a bit difficult to explain. Just like when you wanna prove that you are not a psychopath in a mental hospital. So I decided to collect some viewpoints from foreigners who have been to China by themselves for your reference. You can find these people on Quora( just in case you think I make these things up).

——Chin, Partner of Wook Talent

*Homicide rates per 100000 people world, UNODC

1 I've been to Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and other cities, and the vibe is the same. You really don't feel any risk of violent crime—it’s as if they don't even think about it. No one is worried about getting murdered off of Craigslist (or whatever its Chinese equivalent is) nor getting harassed by their cab driver.

You can walk through the bar districts with women and not have been catcalling the women you're with. In fact, Chinese culture seems to have a strong sense of equality so I've never seen any women be harassed by Chinese men (especially during typical scenarios in the US like 40-year-old businessmen drinking and harassing the young waitress). The annoying people are just the foreign men who get drunk and act creepy—they live up to the expat loser stereotype well.

I have been floored at how safe I feel in China, especially because I realized how vigilant I was in the US. If safety is something that on your list of things to worry about in China, then you need a new list.

——Tillman Huett-Lassman, Chief Executive Officer at Fast Fit Foods (2018-present)

*View from Wook Talent office in Shanghai

2 Safe. Maybe too much. I can walk around after midnight in any eastern city (the places I have been mostly) and know that nothing will happen to me.

Parks: there is a 24 hours park in front of my apartment. I have gone running there at any time. Day and night: it does not matter. Have I ever been scared? Hell no. Have I interrupted some couples? Some times…that is why now I go running in the morning. Can I say the same about running in a park in Europe? No.

Guns: In China, you are NOT allowed to have guns as easily as in Europe. USA freedom of guns: NO.

Police: literally everywhere (at least for big cities). There are so many different policemen everywhere that you can simply ask them for help. They are not always helpful (as it happened to me in Shenzhen my second time I was there…), but they are present.

Cameras: in China, you can find a camera observing you every single place you go (at least in the cities). Everything is registered and everything can be found easily. If you are a normal citizen.

I have been in China for 4 years (mostly in Shanghai and traveled to other cities), but I have never lost anything due to thieves or have never felt threatened by locals.

——Ervis Micukaj, Living in China since September 2013.

*Mobike in China

3 I’ll give you an example from the city I live in, Shenzhen. There are two giant parks I live near, Shenzhen Central Park and Lianhua Park. I regularly go walking through those parks at 2 AM or later. I wouldn’t try doing that in San Francisco or New York City.

Last time I got scared in the park, it was 4 AM and I heard a strange noise from behind the trees. I went around the corner to investigate and there was an elderly couple practicing Tai Chi. Needless to say, I was a little embarrassed to be afraid after that.

Edit: I want to add something that has kind of been blowing my mind lately. There is this new thing here called Mobike. Not sure how popular it is throughout China, but it is so big here, there are at least 3 other startups doing the same thing in Shenzhen. What is Mobike? It’s a bicycle sharing service, but here’s the catch, you just abandon the bike on the side of the road, or in the middle of a park. There is no high-security bike station you return the bike to, just a little lock screwed on and a GPS you could easily chop off. People just don’t steal the bikes, or at least not often enough to sink the company. I can’t imagine that working anywhere in America or even in Europe.

——Michael Friedman, I'm an American currently living in China

*DiDi purchased Uber China in 2019

4 I have lived in China for 14 years distributed amongst 4 cities in different parts of the country and visited many other cities. I am a woman, and whether it is Shanghai, the bustling metropolis or Chongqing, a much more ‘Chinese’ city in the South West, or Shenzhen where I live now, I’ve never been teased on the street, ogled or leered at or, forget about being groped. I have had to walk home from metro stations at weird hours of the night sometimes but have never felt scared.

A taxi driver once told me the reason why taxi in Shenzhen is safe, even at 1 am at night- ‘there are so many cameras around on the streets. It would have to be a mad person to try to do something.’

The young girls here can literally get away with wearing anything, and NONE seems to pay them ANY attention on the street.

My daughter is 11 years old and recently I have started allowing her to take the metro on her own when needed. I wouldn’t dare do this in many other countries.

Sure I’ve heard about pickpockets and the like, but as far being ‘safe’ on the street is concerned, China has to be one of the safest countries in the world today.

——Lom Harshni, Writer/published author. Lived in China 15 years

*Countryside in Guizhou

5 I am living in China for a couple of months, and I can guarantee you China is one of the safest countries I have ever lived or traveled to. The people are incredibly hospitable, generous, polite and unconditionally kind. I am moved by their kindness since day one, they are of course some cultural shocks or gestures but you’re in China, if you’re not mentally prepared to come here or travel to China, then just don't and choose to be ignorant.

According to the Internet data, I live in one of the fast-growing underdeveloped cities in China Guiyang. I have experienced nothing here but just goodness, kindness and locals enthusiastically willing to help. They are very few expats living in Guiyang, most days you can go without seeing a foreigner, but China is a country, where you won't be left alone here.

Think about it, such a large population living in a country yet the country manages to be so safe, it's truly a work of art. I walk in Guiyang at night and I feel super safe as in most other cities of China like Beijing, Guangzhou, Changsha, Shenzhen, and Xian. China is overcrowded, but you feel at peace here.

If you’re a foreigner here in China, people will treat you honorably as a guest with respect. You’re bringing something new to their country, a new experience, a new way of thinking and they truly value and admire that. Been living here for a few months, I have experienced nothing but just goodness, safety, and security.

——Farzin Safavi, World Traveler

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