Lom Harshni Writer and published author living in China
Written Mar 7
I have lived in China for 14 years distributed amongst 4 cities in different parts of the country and visited many others cities.
I am a woman and whether it is Shanghai the bustling metropolis or Chongqing a much more ‘Chinese’ city in the South West or Shenzhen where I live now I’ve never been teased on the street ogled or leered at or forget about being groped. I have had to walk home from metro stations at weird hours of night sometimes but have never felt scared.
A taxi driver once told me the reason why taxi in Shenzhen is safe even at 1 am at night- ‘there are so many cameras around on the streets. It would have to be a mad person to try to do something.’
The young girls here can literally get away with wearing anything and NOONE seems to pay them ANY attention on the street.
My daughter is 11 years old and recently I have started allowing her to take the metro on her own when needed. I wouldn’t dare do this in many other countries.
Sure I’ve heard about pick pockets and the like but as far being ‘safe’ on the street is concerned China has to be one of the safest countries in the world today.
Farzan Safavi Lecturer (2015-present)
Written Mar 3
I am living in China for a couple of months and I can guarantee you China is one of the safest countries I have ever lived or traveled to.