China has one of the lowest capital crime rates in the world. It is generally safe to walk the streets at night and cases of outright robbery or theft is still pretty uncommon.
Serious crime against foreigners is rare. However, extra care should be taken in public places. Bar areas should be visited in company. Theft on public transportation is on the rise.
China is a relatively safe place in terms of health. However, a yellow fever certificate is essential for travelers coming from infected areas. There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and a medical check before travelling is recommended. It is advisable to drink bottled or mineral water. Obtaining travel medical insurance before travelling is also recommended.
Medical care, hospitals and doctors are of excellent standards. Western-style medical centers are available in major cities. A majority of these medical centres accept cards.