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.
This tour is designed for those who want to see China in depth, without rushing from place to place. Highlights include feeding giant pandas at a zoo in Chengdu, an epic walk on the Great Wall, drinks high atop Shanghai's Grand Hyatt, a ride on the fastest train in the world, several shows and hands-on classes. We make sure each day is special.
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Chengdu → Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 520
If you have been waiting your whole life to see the Great Wall, why go to a section that is bound to be full of tourists? The Jinshanling to Simatai route is the most epic of hikes, with restored and unrestored sections. This is a medium difficulty hike and is appropriate for children above 8 and those who are keen hikers. The route takes about 3 to 4 hours, followed by an excellent...
1 day • CNY 710
This tour covers a lot of ground outside of Xi'an, meaning you can escape the crowds! Of course, the Terracotta Warriors always attract a lot of visitors, but you should find some peace of mind at Huaqing. What makes this tour special: The highlight of this itinerary is the visit to a countryside home and the fantastic lunch you will eat there. Nothing is more delicious than a...
1 day • CNY 480
Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.
Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
4 days • CNY 1,300
We pick you up at the Shanghai airport according to your flight arrival schedule and you are transferred to your hotel. We include a five star hotel located north of the Bund which we think is a good value for money. If you prefer to book your own hotel or select another, just let us know. You can take the tour without the hotel if you wish. Our two day tour covers the highlights of...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
This tour is perfect for those who enjoy a full-on hike followed by an afternoon of relaxation. Jinshanling offers the best views of the Great Wall. Some portions are restored, but others grow wild, so climbing there is not for the faint-hearted! There is nothing better than a morning hike, followed by a few hours soaking in a mineral-rich pool.
This tour captures the essence of Lhasa, Tibet's crown jewel. Here you will experience the sounds, smells, and soul of Tibetan culture. Visit the area's most mystical monasteries, including Drepung, Sera, and Jokhang. Experience the Barkhor pilgrim circuit where people from all over Tibet blend together in a maze of stalls winding up to the Johkang monastery. What makes this tour...
Tibet / Lhasa
Your adventure starts in Beijing. You will be able to visit all of the capital’s must-see sights, as well as take the path less trodden by exploring the hutongs (or traditional alleyways) many of which have been standing since the Ming Dynasty. An important stop on the celebrated Silk Road, Pingyao is steeped in history. Your Pingyao quest is to become a calligraphy master, or if you...
Beijing → Pingyao → Xi'an → Luoyang → Beijing
1 day • CNY 890
Our one day Chongqing tour includes the municipality's most famous sights. Our guide and driver will pick you up in the morning and take you to the new Three Gorges Museum. For lunch, you will enjoy an excellent Chongqing hot pot meal. The afternoon will be spent visiting the Dazu Grottoes, one of China's four ancient Buddhist cave art sites. As with all our tours, the itinerary is...
For return visitors to Beijing who want something a little off the beaten path, this tour is the perfect combination of great less-visited sites and cultural experiences. Learn about Chinese tea culture, classical painting, tai chi, Peking opera, and traditional Chinese medicine in a series of classes spread through two days in the capital. This tour is also great for foodies as it includes both...