Seven Most Dangerous Tourist Attractions in China

Destination guides might provide you with a list of places to visit, but they may not provide you with ample warnings about the danger of traveling in a foreign country.  If you’re visiting China, you should be prepared for the risk posed by some popular destinations.  This will allow you to adventure safely during your Asian vacation.

1.)  Mount Huashan.  One of the five sacred Daoist mountains, Mount Huashan has had a deep religious significance since 200 BC.  The trail along the mountain’s 7,085-foot rock face is perilous, with the path in many areas amounting to nothing more than a few planks bolted to the mountain side.  Fortunately, you can still visit the temple without the dangerous climb by taking a cable car to the peak.

2.)  The Great Wall of China.  Probably the most iconic tourist attraction in China, and arguably one of the most dangerous.  Located near Beijing, the Jiankou section of the wall has some difficult terrain to navigate and many tourists each year find themselves stranded.  Luckily, a team of firefighters is on duty to rescue lost vacationers.

3.)  Tiger Leaping Valley.  A stunning vista along over 10 miles of gorge, the fall from the top is nearly 700 feet.  A fast, violent river beats against the boulders at the foot of the valley.  There are several paths that you can travel to adventure this valley, but some are safer than others.  More experienced travelers can journey along the summit; others may wish to hug closer to the river at the foot of the gorge.

4.)  Tibet.  While the politics of the area are no longer a danger to travelers, visitors to Tibet should prepare for the high altitude.  Altitude sickness can become serious, and you don’t want to be trapped on a mountain with no way home if you haven’t accounted for it.

5.) Shanghai.  Like all big cities, Shanghai poses potential dangers to tourists from beggars and thugs.  While violent crime is not a major threat in the area, you should take care when visiting downtown, especially at night, and protect yourself against pickpockets or muggers.

6.)  Hong Kong.  The beaches around Hong Kong are often infested with sharks, so be careful before you go swimming.  The safe beaches will usually be approved for bathing, so if you see a crowd splashing in the waves you should be fine.  If the water seems deserted, though, there’s probably a reason.

7.)  Beijing.  Other cities in China are also crowded and polluted, but Beijing is one of the most congested cities in the world.  Be careful as a pedestrian here and be choose taxis with care.  Beijing is also one of the most heavily polluted cities in the country, and if you have allergies or asthma the city could be dangerous.  Be sure to pack any inhalers or other medication you need before adventuring in Beijing.

Whether you decide to visit a heart-stopping locations or stick to the cities, you are sure to have a great time in China.  By familiarizing yourself with the locations and taking advantage of the information in your China destination guides, you can have a safe and exciting journey.

This article was written by Ryan, a Canadian guy known around the web for his expert travel tips. Ryan makes a focused effort to take at least two vacations a year in his goal to see the world. Image by mararie

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