Is It Safe: To Live in China

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the link in the description and downloading the free browser extension. We return to our country safety series, following
shows on Russia and Mexico. Today we’ll be featuring the most populous
nation in the world, and one of the largest in terms of land mass. We’ll state again that this is by no means
an exact science, as living in certain parts of countries can be more dangerous, and it
certainly counts how you choose to live in a place. Nonetheless, by checking statistics on crimes,
driving accidents, deaths, and even disease, it may give us an idea of how safe a country
is. We will also check out official government
warnings and what people living in these countries think about their safety. So, without further ado, welcome to this episode
of the Infographics Show, Is it safe: to live in China. First of all, we should point out that mainly
due to China’s thriving economy, it has become the home to many expatriates. The latest numbers we can find put the number
of foreigners living and working in China at around 900,000, with the largest groups
coming from South Korea, the USA, and Japan. These are people living in mainland China,
aside from the 1.38 billion Chinese people. In total, there were 59.3 million international
visitors to China in 2017, according to the world tourism organization, making it the
fourth most visited country in the world behind Spain, the US, and France. With that kind of popularity in mind, we should
probably know something about the safety of China. Let’s have a look at the website Numbeo,
which offers all kinds of information for people wanting to visit countries around the
world. Numbeo gives each nation a score for both
crime and safety, which is based on surveys answered by visitors and expats. China comes way down the list in 71st place,
with a good safety score – placed next to Canada and scoring better than the US, France
and the UK. It’s most dangerous cities according to
the surveys are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, but they all come far behind
many American cities. In fact, in terms of what people thought,
China scored low for violent crime, moderate for other crimes, but high for corruption
and bribery. What about official statistics? Well, some of the murder stats out there are
quite old, with 1.1 per 100,000 people being the most cited number. That was 13,410 murders in that year. The average global rate is about 6 per 100,000. A more recent report we can find puts China’s
murder rate for 2016 at 0.62 per 100,000 residents, which is one of the lowest rates in the world. According to the Commission for Political
and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, there was a 43 percent
decline in all violent crime since 2012, although major traffic injuries and deaths went up
by more than 50 percent. It seems in China much of the crime is related
to gang crime, such as drug and human trafficking, although corruption seems to be endemic. This might not have any effect on the visitor,
but let’s see what other governments say about safety in China. According to the US Department of State, China
is a low-threat location. Although, it says in large cities such as
Beijing, petty crime is quite common. It gives the example of pickpocketing, credit
card fraud, and financial scams. It also states, “Violent crime affecting
the expatriate community most often occurs in the bars/clubs of Beijing’s nightlife
districts.” One of the reasons for this is cultural misunderstandings
that are sometimes fueled by booze. Crime in more rural areas, says the US, is
not common at all. Another thing in China – and expat websites
are full of these stories – are foreigners being approached on the street by innocent-looking
Chinese girls saying they want to practice some English. It’s usually men that are the target, perhaps
attracted to these cute gals, that fall for the scam. They might then be whisked off to a teashop
and asked to pay an inordinately high bill which will be hard to get out of – the cute
girl may have large male friends who are in on the scam. Foreigners should also be aware that criminals
have pretended to be police and have tried to extort money, and that they may meet criminal
gangs if taking home prostitutes. The British government says 595,000 British
nationals visited mainland China in 2017, and for the most part, the visit was trouble
free. The major criminal incidences include: disputes
over taxi fares, and also the scams we already discussed. Another thing pointed out is China’s strict
drug laws, so bear in mind that being found with drugs on you could mean a lengthy prison
sentence. While China is open to foreigners, and most
people are very tolerant, it also says to avoid political gatherings and that it might
not be a good idea to get into political arguments. The British government says there have been
terrorist attacks in some places, such as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, but foreigners
are not the target. There are also some armed criminals wandering
around very remote areas on the borders of Siberia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Laos
and Burma. If anything, it states that visitors have
more to worry about in terms of pollution or even natural disasters such as earthquakes
or cyclones. One thing the Brits do point out is danger
on the roads, so let’s have a look at that. According to the South China Morning Post,
around 260,000 deaths occur on China’s roads each year, so think about that if you are
renting a car or motorbike, especially a motorbike. Per 100,000 that is 18.8 deaths, which is
mid-high on a global scale. Many countries in Europe have a death rate
of under 10, but some countries have a rate at way over 30. The US is around 10 per 100,000. When someone asked the question: Is it safe
to drive in China, a Chinese resident said it can be dangerous, and to beware of overloaded
trucks and the fact that many people drive without a license. Another Chinese respondent said it’s what
happens after the accident that can be dangerous, as people do lash out. Others said people can be selfish drivers,
yet others said it was fine. One expat wrote, “Driving in China is either
utterly terrifying, or amazingly awesome depending on your state of mind and attitude. Coming from America, it’s not very difficult
to get around.” He also wrote that driving can be crazy at
times, but there’s a method to the madness, adding that’s there is not much safety culture
and rules will be broken often. He added that if an accident does happen,
the foreigner is often blamed. Reading forums about general safety in China,
it seems people think it’s safe. According to one American living in Shenzhen,
he says it is much safer than New York or San Francisco. In fact, most expats praised the safety of
China. An African-American expat named Matthew said
use common sense, but stated, “Undoubtedly, China is the safest country I have ever lived
in.” As for racism, according to an Economist article
in 2018, China sees racism as a western problem, but like in many Asian nations, there can
be a stigma, or even accidental rudeness, regarding what people think about darker-skinned
people. This certainly doesn’t mean aggressive racism,
but more passive ignorance. From what we can tell, it seems homophobia
is much the same. There is no outward hostility towards gay
people, but the country might be somewhat behind the times in some respects. The consensus everywhere was that China is
mostly safe, even walking at night, relating to physical attacks. But one person added that crossing the road
can be hair-raising, so don’t go thinking there is anything like a ‘pedestrian comes
first’ policy. Like many Asian countries, don’t walk around
thinking cars will stop, and even be aware that people jump red lights and don’t stop
at what looks like a crossing. He talked about the scams we have mentioned,
and also that drunken foreigners can be more dangerous than any locals when on a night
out. Oh, and he mentioned getting sick from the
food. You shouldn’t drink tap water in China,
‘cos that could give you diarrhea or worse. In fact, if you are new to China, there’s
a good chance you’ll get some kind of stomach problem at some point. The rule of thumb in some Asian countries,
especially off the beaten track, is don’t eat street vendor food, but then a million
expats would tell you that’s being way overly cautious as they often love the stuff. As for disease, the CDC recommends some vaccinations,
but it depends where you are going. Perhaps try not to sleep with strangers, and
apply mosquito repellent where there are lots of mosquitos. China is mainly low-risk or risk free for
malaria, but dengue – pronounced dengy – is common in some areas. So, there you go. It’s very, very unlikely you’ll come across
hostility in China and the people generally don’t exhibit violence towards foreigners. Watch out for those road crossings, and be
careful if you choose to drive. You might also be aware that pollution can
cause breathing problems, a stuffy nose, or general irritation, when levels are high. If you want a pain-free visit be aware of
petty scams and try not to make drug dealers your best buddies. That’s common sense, and if you have it,
you will most likely not have any problems. We give China a very safe rating, the safest
country so far. That means up until now we have China, Russia
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  1. 坏人都当了骗子,人傻钱多风险低。抓到了也就几年。抢劫什么的太没技术含量了。所以暴力犯罪少多了。

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  3. I for one hate China ( and will never visit that shit hole ) for quite a few reasons theme being :
    1.) The treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang which the Chinese government has occupied .
    2.) The occupation of Tibet , and the persecution of Tibetans and Buddhists in China .
    3.) The treatment of Falun gong practitioners .
    4.) It is a disgusting non democratic oligarchic country , there is no freedom of speech , there is no right to privacy there are no fundamental human rights .
    5.) Mao Zedong .
    6.) It's interference in the foreign policy of it's Neighbors .
    7.) It's disgusting trade practices which the USA opposed and rightly taught them a lesson .
    8.) The behaviour of Chinese tourists when visiting other countries .
    9.) The allegiance of the Chinese people even when living and studying in foreign universities and countries .
    10.) The disgusting sort of superiority complex they possess .

  4. “有朋自远方来不亦乐乎” This an ancient Chinese phrase refers that Chinese people are happy to see friends visiting from far away.

  5. china is a dangerous place to live, please don't come here, we don't welcome you, except for those who look handsome, like tom hardy。

  6. I never thought it was unsafe to live in China at all but after seeing the way some of these Chinese commenters seem to be hateing on westerners I am starting to second guess that now…

  7. When we were in Italy, a local Italian talked to me " in Mussolini era, we even didn't have any pickpocketing…". I travel the world, China, Korea and Japan for example are very safe.
    Culture is the number one reason, but a government is very helpful to keep a country safe.
    I am told the president of Philipin Rodrigo Duterte is doing a great job to make their country better..

  8. China should be most visitors cause if u add Hong Kong 26 million plus Marcus 13. 6 millions plus China 59.8 millions =total over 100 million more than France of 89 million

  9. Most of them are objective comments, and the shortcomings should continue to be corrected. China has been making progress.

  10. Well we know we are safe from the Chinese, but I guess what people really want to know is whether they are safe from the Draconian Chinese Communist Party

  11. no.dont trust anyone that says china is safe,they all got paid by the ccp.i survived from china and i can tell you the truth:foreigners is delicious to chinese,and all cities in is fake,made by photoshop.china dont have any city,all people live in stone.the gov hired people to show the fake side of china,which attracted foreigners to come to china and got eaten.i am lucky to know before i get eaten and escape from china.please let everyone knows the truths

  12. Foreigner men is SO handsome! Chinese man is SO terrible! We Chinese can never be like incredible foreigner! Unfortunately we Chinese are SO humble and weak, we will never be strong, and smart and handsome like cool foreigner!!!! Maybe I make foreigner friend.

  13. most dangerous provinces in china are Xinjiang and provinces near vietnam and etc
    driving here is pretty dangerous, but they drive so accurate, dangerous and accurate
    and for me china is the safest place in the world, from the crime side, no crime here
    water here is so bad, yeah, not a pollution, i had worms in the water at my home 👋

  14. It’s always interesting to see how other people think about your country. From personal experience, China is pretty safe if you don’t look for trouble and if you take normal personal procedures. Where I live it’s pretty safe, but major cities like Beijing and Shanghai can be chaotic on highways and other places. If you just be normal but take precaution, then you should be fine

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  16. 欢迎来中国旅行,另外,小心被卷入交通事故,还有空气,还有不牵绳子溜狗的傻逼。

  17. 这地图绝了,其他的地图要么是普普通通,要么没台湾藏南阿克钦,这封面地图倒好,直接把整个克什米尔送过来了……

  18. I have a hard time believing the Russia and esp. Mexico is safer than the US, Canada or Western Europe.

  19. If food, medical treatment, education environment, natural environment and human right are taken into account, China is far from a safe country, but rather one of the most dangerous countries.

  20. for me China is safe for my father lives in xiamen, china (rural part), when we leave the house they don't lock the gates nor the front door but still no one robs the house.

  21. in xiamen, china everybody that is driving is so scared of the police and the cameras that is in the highways and stuff when they violate a minor rule like over speeding a little they would be like so sad and like they will go to the station of some sort. another thing there is really little police on the road and a ton of cameras and stuff

  22. fake news! 中国这里充满了校园枪击案,民粹主义运动,黄背心运动,以及恐怖袭击,和公交车强奸案😂就问你们怕不怕

  23. I am from HK, China. Just make sure you carry no illegal drugs or marijuana when you visit here. Death penalty for anyone with a little specific amount of them, regardless of the country.

  24. First of all, driving without a license is not common, in cities at least, at least I have not seen anyone driving without a license. Also, eating in China can easily lead to a stomach problem, reasons for that is not just of sanity issue, but many times because of the ingredients(a lot of them is never used in the US).

  25. Live in HK(Hong Kong) instead. Its like china but better and more western.But they use a diffrent language than china

  26. Are Chinese people as rude and disrespectful in their own country as they are at every single tourist spot around the world?

  27. IT's a nice touch to hide taiwan in a panda's arm, that's brilliant, but i still see a tiny red spot of taiwan

  28. These advises are out of date. You don't see much pickpocket now, because people in China don't have cash in their wallet. Phones are locked so it does not worth a crime. You are safe all day until resturants closes at 12AM. Use DIDI (uber like taxi service) for your daily travel so you won't get involed in an accident. AND Most IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP IN MIND: STAY AWAY FROM VIHICELS DRIVEN BY FEMALE DRIVERS, that will keep you safe.

  29. tip for foreigners, if you see an old chinese man cross the street when the walking light isn't green don't follow him. chinese people have a skill many others do not, the skill of crossing the street like a pro.

  30. Well let's see China is a polluted, corrupt, communist nation bent on stealing and hostile takeovers. The short answer is no it's not safe and anyone that thinks differently are complete morons.

  31. I traveled to China in 2018 and the group I was with and I were walking around at 11-12 at night when it was dark and felt very safe. There were a lot of people around so I always felt if something happened someone would be in earshot. Driving is a bit crazy but other than that, I never remember feeling in danger on my trip, and most people were nice and very helpful. For me, I would not consider China a dangerous country at all!

  32. Wait so basically if u have triplets, do they have to get rid of one of the babies or send them for adoption???? Because I heard that China only allows 2 children per family.

  33. I often take a walk at 11 pm with few people on the street, and I feel extremely safe. Although I 'm a guy, maybe some girls won't dare to do this.

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