China is a vast country full of many exciting unique experiences.
1. Protect your valuables.
With 1.3 billion people in China, personal space can be tough to come by, especially in the larger cities. Be sure to place your valuables in a safe place and that you are not carrying large sums of money when in large crowds.
2. Get vaccinated.
Just as the Chinese culture is vastly different from that of the United States, so too are the viruses and diseases your body will be exposed to. Accepting this reality and taking the necessary precautions prior to your departure will help protect you from undesirable illnesses.
3. Make copies of important documents.
In the unlikely circumstance of lost or stolen documents, it will be important to have copies of your passport, visa, credit cards, medical insurance, and driver’s license. Taking the steps to have these back-up documents will keep you safe even after an unfortunate situation.
4. Avoid counterfeit goods.
While it might be tempting to purchase a Gucci or Coach purse off the street, the reality is that these goods are illegal, and you place yourself in harm’s way when doing so.
5. Ask your hotel for cards with locations written in Chinese.
Prior to leaving for a destination, ask the concierge or someone who knows Chinese to write your destination and return location in Chinese. This will help should you and your taxi driver not be able to communicate effectively.