China is a reasonably safe country; there are hardly any acts of violence against foreigners. Pick pocketing does occur often, especially in the larger towns and cities. You have to beware of this in busy places. Local buses and station squares are notorious. The guideline is: carry your passport, airline ticket and traveller’s cheques and most of your money under your clothing in a money belt. See to it that you have enough change for the day in an easily accessible place, so you won’t have to reach for your money belt in public. Never leave money or valuables behind in your hotel room.