知名问答网站Quora有外国网友提问“Is it safe for a foreigner to live and work in China?(外国人在中国生活工作安全吗？)” ，看看网友是如何答复的。
Chris GarciaLawrence : You can ignore anybody who talks about China having a lower crime rate than Western countries. Those that say that don’t likely read the local newspapers.About two weeks ago in Beijing, a nutjob snuck into a kindergarten and stabbed 22 kids to death. Worse, this is not the first time something like this has happened in Beijing, much less all of China. While there are pretty much no guns in the hands of ordinary people, there are knives. And poison. And baseball bats. Murders happen every day.Yet China can be safer in general. There are virtually no guns, so nobody will rob you at gunpoint. It’s unlikely anybody will rob you at knife point either. A snatch & run is more likely. Embezzlement is a distinct possibility. General scams are common. To me, that is safer than certain parts of Chicago, NYC or Los Angeles.At least in big cities, burglaries are not that common. People live in high-rise buildings, have solid steel doors and bars on their windows.
Matthew MillerLawren : China, especially the mainland, is one of the safest places in the world for foreigners to live and work. Don’t listen to the people, like the answerer below, who refer to some incidents. There are 1.5 billion people in China. Cities have tens of millions of people in them. The crime rate is incredibly low. Foreigners especially have almost nothing to worry about. I walked the streets of every city at night and never felt the slightest bit worried. It is even worse if a Chinese citizen harms a foreigner, and it is shameful to them as a nation as well. Trust me, you will not find many safer places on earth than China.You want to know where it is very dangerous for a foreigner to live and work? Try any major US city.
Richard SeetoLawrenc : You bet, there is no safer place than China particularly for foreigners and if you observe the laws of the land and not act too big a shot because you are a foreigner, you will find many Chinese people would want to be your friend.I have personally seen single women who work at night and came home alone at 12 to 3 am in the morning without fear of assault or molestation.That is how safe China is.One thing I noticed that Chinese people are very hospital and would at the drop of a hat invite and treat foreigners to lunch or dinners but many foreigners do not reciprocate by inviting them back for a treat.If you do that you will be adding to the bad impression of foreign visitors.Remember the adage, when in Rome do as the Romans do and you will be fine.
David Wood : It’s likely safer than living in your home country.The crime rate is significantly lower than in the United States, for example, and I have never felt nervous walking alone by myself at night. I think even women might feel the same way (though I still don’t recommend walking alone at night).I’ve been in China for the better part of a decade, and I’ve never been pickpocketed or threatened.The worst that’s happened is I’ve been scammed, but even Chinese scams are not-threatening – most of those are usually situations in which they try to embarrass you into paying more money for something. Compare that to countries in South America, like Peru and Colombia, where a fake taxi crew could abduct you and hold you hostage for several days while you empty your bank account, or you could simply get stabbed and robbed. These sorts of instances are virtually unheard of in China.
Mas MiwaLawrence Han : Everything is relative, safer than what? Safer than the US? Probably. There are over a million foreigners living in China and about 100,000 are Americans. If anything white foreigners are safer. Almost all crimes, if committed, are against Chinese. It is rare to hear of a foreigner being robbed, beaten, or killed. But, it has happened.Custody battle after Briton’s Shanghai murderSo, what might be unsafe in China? Especially in second, third, or fourth tier cities,……cars and traffic. Food……local cuisine might not take kindly with your stomach. And, you might not be familiar with local laws.
Sebastian Rutten : You should be a bit warry of scams, pickpockets be careful what you eat and especially what you drink. You may end up poisoned because some people who produce counterfeited alcohol don’t know what they are doing. The Chinese are horrible drivers so traffic is also somewhat dangerous.But then most of those situations you can easily avoid with a bit of common sense. On the other hand it is very unlikely that you will be the victim of a violent crime. China is very safe when it comes to that, safer than most Western countries actually.Just be a bit care and you will likely have a lot of fun. It is well worth a visit.
Brian AielloLawrence : I will answer this question by quoting a good friend, who lived there for a few years. Assume that you are being trailed, your movements and communications recorded, your activities observed, and that a significant number of Chinese that you interact with are reporting to their party leaders. So, is it safe? If you watch your butt, and keep your nose out of where it doesn’t belong, and you take absolutely no provocative actions, then you should be relatively safe.
Frans VandenboschLaw : It is different for different foreigners.For Americans, it is getting harder, for various reasons: first because the Chinese consumers refuse to buy American products, so most American businesspeople have left China. That has created another issue: almost all the remaining Americans in China are in one or another way, directly or indirectly paid by an American intelligence office. Or the NED, or OSF.These people have a really hard time these days, they’re not safe in China. China has them in their focus. Most of them have brought their spouse and children back to the US.For all other (non-US) foreigners, China is perfectly safe
Ellen Xu : China is one of the safest countries for foreigners, except for the amount of population that WILL speak to you in English. They know English, they started to study english when they are in elementary, but they might be shy to talk to you in English. Most menus aren’t written in English, so please learn to order Chinese food in Mandarin before you go there.
David BarryLawrence : Yes. China is a safe country on the whole. I lived there for over ten years and I never had any problems with any crime, with the exception of being pick pocketed once. There is very little violence and the streets are well policed.It can be a difficult country to live in if you don’t learn to speak some Mandarin Chinese. Sometimes, the language barrier can be a problem, but China is very safe indeed.
Victor Killock : Absolutely, I am English, have been going to China, (all over) for 9 years, never had a problem. The have great respect and its reciprocated. I tend to bow, as they do. They bend over themselves to help you. Service is unparalleled. Safe? , they say your 18 year old daughter could walk home at 2 in the morning unharmed, lots of security people around, unobtrusive. Good feelings all round.
Gibrail Lim : China is safe. That’s why the Chinese people fully trust their government.Infographic: Where Trust In Government Is Highest and LowestOn the other hand, in the US…1 murder in every 30 minutes.1 rape in every 9 minutes.
Adhi WijayaLawrence : The only threat in china are “bad trade”… that what happen if you didnt do research for the item you wanna buy… but hey, that happen in any countries…NB: just well behave, and you need to trains your ears… because chinese granny speaks fastter than eminem in high pitch
Gordon ChangLawrence : Yes it is especially when you demonstrate your good education and manners in your everyday life. You will be respected and even get some previlidge.
Mark FudembergLawren : Yes. I have lived and worked in 3 cities without incident
Chan RobertsLawrence : Well, I’ve been here for over five years and have been quite safe.
Frans Vandenbosch : I don’t know of any other country at this globe, as safe as China.But, for obvious reasons, it is very unsafe for American intelligence people.