China : Safety by CityChina - safety as a country
Shenzhen, as one among many well-known tourist destinations in China, is famous for various cultural, historical and architectural monuments, as well as amusement parks, which are very important for the Chinese and, at the same time, amaze people from the whole world.
The most visited sights are theme parks which are of the main interest for some tourists. Other attractions are great parks like Window of The World and Lianhua Mountain Park, museums and galleries – Dafen Oil Painting Village, religious structures – Hong Fa Buddhist Temple and historical sites from the 12th century.
Once a small town, today it is the center of fun and shopping in China.
Warnings & Dangers in Shenzhen
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Shenzhen is the place which is quite safe according to Western standards, in comparison to other cities around the world with the approximately same number of tourists. Violent crime is rare, prostitution is common and pickpocket gangs are in action at the crowded areas, where foreigners are often victims. However, if they remain vigilant, they will not become easy prey.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
The Shenzhen Metro is the most appropriate and safe means of transport around the Shenzhen city area due to the fact that a driver would not give you problems by taking you far away from your destination, unlike the cab drivers. When choosing the taxi, look for the plastic stand on the right hand dashboard which represents the license. Driving in Shenzhen is chaotic, so tourists need to be extremely careful when crossing the street and always use over or underpasses.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Busy and crowded areas are the main hubs of pickpocketing and purse snatching. Tourists should be careful and keep their valuables close to them in shopping centers, bus stations and particularly around the theme parks. This is an increasing problem that authorities are trying to prevent and stop.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Shenzhen, as well as whole China, is very prone to natural disasters like flooding, landslides and forestry fires which tend to be an important limiting factor for economic and social growth of the country.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There were reports in Shenzhen about people being kidnapped and killed, but those were usually crime acts against citizens. Kidnapping of foreigners are really rare and tourists should not be afraid when coming to Shenzhen.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Due to the history of series of terrorist attacks by the Muslim separatist militants that have left dozens dead and wounded, there is a possibility of new ones. However, the level of this risk is low.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in most of China, fake banknotes are a huge problem. Tourists encountered the fake money even when taken from ATMs. When this kind of scam is in question, you need to be careful when taking a change and exchange money only in banks or other licensed exchange offices. Foreigners are often victims of dishonest taxi drivers that use the situation to overcharge and even steal from passengers.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Even though, China is an extremely safe country in terms of female safety, solo women are advised to avoid walking alone at night and remain cautious in crowded places.
So... How Safe Is Shenzhen Really?
Shenzhen, a small town next to Hong Kong, has turned into a huge, tourist destination, not only due to its historical attractions and monuments, but also for its theme parks.
With thousands of citizens and even more tourists yearly, it is not surprising to find criminal activities in Shenzhen. Petty crime, like purse snatching and pickpocketing are frequent, and you should pay special attention when in shopping districts or in front of crowded tourists sights, like the Citizen’s Center and Lizhi Park among others.
The best thing for tourists is that the level of violent crime is extremely low, so they can relax and enjoy their experience of this amazing destination.
- Visas - There is special 72 hour transit possibility for those travelers that are just passing through China on their way to other counties. For those who stay in China, a visa can be acquired from a Chinese embassy before coming to China. Valid passport is an obligatory documentation.
- Currency - Yuan or renminbi is the official currency of China. You can find bank machines on every step in major cities. Even though there are some services that accept credit cards, it is better to have cash on you, since China is still a country where cash is the main means of payment.
- Weather - Shenzhen has a sub-tropical climate. Periods of the year that should be avoided if you want to experience the city to the fullest are the rainy season from February to September and the hottest months, July and August. When climate is considered, the best time to visit Shenzhen is October to December.
- Airports - Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, for both domestic and international flights, is 50 minutes away from Shenzhen by metro. Major airports that can be used as an alternative when coming to Shenzhen are Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Hong Kong International Airport among many others.
- Travel Insurance - A travel insurance that includes medical issues, theft and loss of personal items and all possible and unpredictable injuries or accidents is always advised to travelers wherever in the world they decide to travel.