Violent crime involving foreigners is very rare in China. The streets of the major cities are safe to walk day and night. Occasionally we hear stories of pickpockets but not often. Theft of items from hotels and cars is pretty much unheard. Gun control is strict and anyone who is not military or police cannot own a weapon. Crimes against foreigners are strongly punished and thus the deterrent is strong.
This is not to say China does not have its dangers. The main risks are in cultural differences in general safety. In the west we expect the government, corporations and those around us to look out for our goodwill. This is not the case in China. You must look after yourself and think about your own health and safety.
The dangers exist in crossing the street, getting too close to construction, stepping in a hole, getting burned by hot water at a tap and other things not so closely regulated.
Some safety suggestions:
Look both ways when crossing the street. Keep watching, people may not stop for red lights or they quickly turn right without stopping for pedestrians who may be in a crosswalk with a green light. Hold the hands of your children. Make sure they do not run into the road. Watch for bikes and cars driving on the sidewalk.
Food and water
While food poisoning is not common, if something looks, tastes or smells bad, then don't eat it! Although the food is good, you should avoid over eating at meals, especially oily or spicy dishes. Drink only bottled water, tea, soft drinks or beer. Our tours will give you unlimited bottled water in your vehicle. Ice cubes in drinks are normally fine.
The Great Wall
The Great Wall is huge and its construction and maintenance varies. We avoid taking clients to the most dangerous parts. However you must watch every step you take while walking on the wall. There are loose rocks, oversize steps and ledges with no handrails. I don't want to make it sound overly dangerous, as its fine for kids and adults, but caution is a must.
China really is a safe place to travel if you use your common sense. Make sure you have your own international travel insurance in case you have a problem. Also carry credit cards and your passport on you at all times, if you need to see a doctor you will need both.
4 Days • CNY 1,670
This Beijing four day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on...
2 Days • CNY 840
This Beijing two day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a...
1 Day • CNY 520
This Beijing one day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a...
1 Day • CNY 410
A great day out with kids in Beijing, these activities are things we regularly do with our own children living in Beijing. The zoo is a spacious green park with fun exhibitions and even a children's playground. Its a good chance to see panda bears up close without going all the way to Chengdu. All kids love the Toy Market which is next to the Hongqiao Pearl Market so you can see both at...
2 Days • CNY 1,250
The buried army of Qin Shihuangdi is one of the largest and most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered in 1974 at Lintong, 35 kilometres east of Xi'an, the warriors and horses have deservedly become known as a Wonder of the World. This site is an archaeological find on a monumental scale. Literally an army of sculptured warriors, it is a stunning display that every...
5 Days • CNY 1,920
An ideal itinerary for families or those who want to see natural beauty and Chinese countryside. We can adjust the active components of this itinerary such as biking, caving and river rafting to your preferences. This itinerary starts and ends at the Guilin airport. It covers all the major sights in Guilin and Yangshuo. We do not include hotels as there are many options and we can add this...
Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo
3 Days • CNY 2,070
Pingyao is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its walled city remains completely intact and is an oasis of history in the countryside. It can be reached from Beijing by fast train to Taiyuan, then its another two hour drive to the old town of Pingyao. Inside the walled city much of the area is pedestrianized, so it is pleasant to stroll the old style streets. All the accommodation is in nice,...
Beijing → Tai Yuan → Pingyao → Tai Yuan → Beijing
7 Days • CNY 8,290
Starting and ending in Shanghai, we see the major sights and embark on an epic cruise adventure. The cruise we include is on Century Cruise line, the best of the five star lines. Much of the trip is about enjoying life onboard and dining, so we feel this is the best choice. We can offer other ships at various prices, please inquire. This complete package includes five star hotel...
Shanghai → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
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The Great Wall is one of the highlights of a trip to China and is one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". Built starting in the 7th century, the Great Wall has UNESCO World Heritage status. If you are looking to do something unique, then camp on it for a night! “When I took my friends up here to camp we could feel the history associated with this almost mystical landmark. Lying in my...
A day of high altitude sport, start the day by playing 18 holes of golf on the highest golf course in the world. The air is so thin you can drive the ball further than normal, which is good because there is a par 5 hole over 800 yards long. After your round of golf you can get lunch in the golf club. We don't include it in the price, you can order and pay for your drinks and meal...