Shanghai Warnings and Dangers
Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in China. There is no place quite like it to experience the Chinese culture, but you do need to keep in mind the following warnings and dangers to keep you safe.
Late Night Taxis for Women
As with most big cities, avoid exploring at night alone. This is especially true if you plan on taking a taxi. Being a foreigner can make you a target of theft or other crimes and this is doubly true for women. If you do find yourself in a difficult situation, look for a uniformed police officer for help.
Watch Your Belongings when Shopping at Crowded Markets
Be alert when you are buying souvenirs at stores around some of the more famous attractions in Shanghai. They tend to be packed full of people, making it easier for pickpockets to strike.
There are a few souvenir store owners that will try to deceive you when giving back change from your purchase. This can happen in a couple of different ways. They may give you older currency that is no longer legal tender, or simply short change you. Pay close attention to the bills you give them and the ones you receive in change.
Be Aware of the Tea House Scam in Shanghai
If you are approached by someone on the street offering to take you to a tea house, say no. Once at the tea shop they may demand a large amount of money for their service. If you want to take part in a tea service, it is best to ask the desk clerk at your hotel where to go. This same type of scam could also occur if someone offers to take your picture or take you to a massage parlor.
Lights Off During Summer Months
Summer isn’t the best time to visit Shanghai: most lights (even in major tourist attractions) may be shut off, especially in the waterfront neighborhood known as The Bund. This measure is one by the Chinese government aiming to conserve energy consumption during peak hours.
Summer temperatures can also be over a hundred degrees. Thunderstorms may hit Shanghai and cause floods as well. Watch the weather and dress appropriately when seeing the sights if you do visit in summer.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Shanghai.