|Flying over China|
China is safer for travelers than other countries, but no country is completely crime-free. At a minimum, take the same precautions to protect yourself that you would at home. Stay in areas that are well lit at night; don’t venture out alone in the middle of the night. Leave expensive jewelry at home as it’s a magnet for muggers. Don’t flash wads of cash around; only keep handy what you’ll need for that day. Wear the rest in a money belt or withdraw from an ATM as you need it; be sure to tell your bank you’re traveling abroad so it won’t deny withdrawals in China. Beware of pickpockets; some are so smooth in parting you and your valuables, you may not know you’ve been victimized until long after the fact.