One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is
Is China safe?
Can I travel to China?
Should I be concerned about my safety?
Is China safe for foreigners?
Do you feel safe in China?
So here is the answer.
I moved to China for the first time when I was 20.
I was alone, I didn’t really know anyone.
And I remember very well my first night,
sitting in my hotel room,
looking down all the lights and crowds,
and I felt so scared of the unknown.
Nothing was familiar to me, everything was different.
I almost felt like I was a child,
who had to learn everything all over again.
That’s why I do understand when people have this misconception of China
being not a particularly safe place.
We all have a tendency to be afraid of the unknown.
Just like I was when I first got to China.
But then I could never ever imagine that
one day the scary foreign place will feel so much like home.
So my simple answer to the question:
Do I feel safe in China would be yes.
I do feel safe.
I feel safer than I’ve ever imagined I would feel.
However, I do want you to keep in mind that I’m not a local.
I do stand out from the crowd,
which can sometimes be seen as both advantage and disadvantage.
But in my videos I just want to show you
China from my own perspective.
So right now, I am heading downtown
to meet up with my roommates.
We are gonna get hotpot.
正如你们看到的 我现在是 一个人
And as you can see, I am… alone.
There is no one with me, and it’s dark.
I specifically chose this time of the day
to make this video… Sorry.
The scary thing just happened to me.
I literally ran out of space on my memory card,
and then I saw this shop,
like literally on my way to the station.
and I’m just like running in and exhausted
帮帮忙！ 内存卡！ 内存卡！
help memory card, memory card.
This is the station.
Don’t vlog and cross street in China, I’m sorry.
Just don’t do it.
Here we came.
Just missed the train… no.
For some reason, many people have this misconception of China
being a very unsafe place.
I don’t really know where it comes from.
I guess it’s media.
I think western media, and maybe me… media all over the world
has this tendency to portray China as a very weird place.
And even though I don’t use the word weird anymore,
because people hate for me for using…
What are they doing?
He is like yelling at the cleaning lady.
What has she done?
Or maybe they are just talking,
I don’t know, we are in China.
So as I was trying to say,
before I got in dropped by drama,
Zhongshan Park Station drama,
for some reason, people have this tendency to
think that China is a dangerous place.
I don’t know that just like a misconception created by media,
or it’s maybe because… I don’t know.
Maybe because still not that many people travel here.
So people just simply don’t know.
Everyone who’ve ever lived in China can really confirm that
China feels like a very safe place.
I personally never experienced anything here that would make me feel uncomfortable.
I never experienced…well, honestly I’ve never experienced anyone attacking me.
I never experienced any man yelling out for me,
people making me feel uncomfortable.
And it’s pretty much the same for all my other friends.
All my girlfriends say the same thing.
Many people are actually surprised coming here how safe they feel.
I’ve made it to Pudong.
I’m meeting my roommates here
and as I said we are going for hotpot.
It’s like 8 p.m. It’s dark outside.
I am alone. I’m carrying a camera,
and iphone, cash and all that.
And I really do feel safe here.
And that’s what I love about Shanghai.
Like… I really… this is actually one of
my favorite things about living here.
How safe I feel.
Of course, you have to be careful.
I’m not telling you that
nothing ever happens in Shanghai.
It’s a big city, shit can happen everywhere.
Ok where am I suppose to go? I’ve never been in the station.
Ok, where do I go?
12… or 7, Nina said.
Can you turst Nina? Can you trust Nina?
这个问题 呵 我开个玩笑
It’s a question. No, I am joking.
如果 妮娜 如果你正看着
If you… if you are watching, Nina.
Of course, I trust you… I trust you.
好吧 不管了 我就从这出去
Ok, whatever, I’ll take this exit.
Can I be bothered?
Only 2 yuan left.
I think one of the reasons why it’s so safe here is,
number one, there is a lot of police.
And number two, I heard that apparently Shanghai has
one of the best face recognition systems in the entire world.
Like, you know these cameras that you have everywhere here basically
they are apparently really good.
So that’s what’s keeping us safe.
许多人似乎很害怕这个系统 就像 我们正在被……
You know it’s how some people like freak out about it, like…we are being like…
whatever, whatched, I don’t care.
I do not care at all.
I love the fact how safe I feel, I really do.
If that’s what they take to keep us safe,
I am fine with that like…
I really am fine with that.
Ok, let me look at my phone.
Where am I supposed to go?
In 315 meters, take a left on Dongfang Road.
This building right there is Shanghai Tower.
Second tallest building in the world.
Oh it’s sparkling now.
Couldn’t find this place, but now I think I’ve found it.
I am not sure, but I think that’s here.
Like a restaurant, even like a nice restaurant in China
often to be in this like most random places like shopping mall
that you have to take a lift, and then you have to go to the sixth floor.
And, basically, if you don’t know…
Umm, xie xie.
The guy is working in the restaurant and he was telling me which floor.
So basically if you don’t know
that is still your problem not gonna find it if you just like walking on the sreets.
The place we are going to is called Haidilao.
And it’s a very… like a popular hotpot chain here in Shanghai.
Whoever in Shanghai, give it a try.
So this is how you choose here:
from the iPad, and we need help,
because this is all in Chinese.
They just came and gave me this,
so I can tie my hair up.
Got the hotpot.
This is spicy, this is tomato.
嘿 朋友们 菜单显示在屏幕上了
Oh guys, they have screen on the menu.
Oh, yeah! Finally! Since we don’t have any we can get some.
What are we getting?
-Dancing noodle. -Dancing noodle.
-对 看这个 -这个是这样做出来的
-Yeah, look at this.-That’s what gonna happen.
They are gonna dance in front of us with noodles.
Look how hot this place is. There are like literally people at every table.
And the cool thing about it is that there is a …
Guys! They have dragon fruit. Yes.
And you can mix your own sauce.
And look how many options we have,
like literally everything, yeah.
This is what we have so far.
That’s the sauce that I mix some sauce on the very sauce.
炒饭 和 我也不知道
Fried rice, and… I don’t know.
鱼 肉 其它的食材
Fish, meat, more stuff.
This is what is happening, Dancing noodles.
I prefer that people are doing it.
Oh my god.
We’ve done with dinner, it was really good.
You guys think it’s good?
Not bad. yeah.
Nina gets really excited about Dancing Noodles.
If you ever go to HaidiLao, ordered Dancing Noodles
It’s worth it.
So Nina, what do you think about safety in China?
Do you feel safe in China?
-我觉得 -哦不是你 不 妮娜
-I think…-Oh not you, no, Nina
I think Shanghai is really safe,
as long as you don’t live with Kaya.
-Cool.-Because then you never know what might happen.
-Oh my god, stop it.-It is not safe anymore.
Because you might die because of the films.
Thank you for your participation.
-Getting face out.-You have… am I cut out of your vedio
Yeah, you cut up.
This building is so good.
是的 她告诉我 我不能坐在这里 我说你 你要坐这儿？
Yeah. Told me that I couldn’t sit there. I said you… Do you gonna sit there?
She’s gonna sit here.
Trying to place my camera somewhere, so I gonna
好吧 不管了 如果我没对焦 请原谅我
Okay, whatever, if I’m not in focus, excuse me.
So just to sum up,
当我四处走走 我喜欢每个地方 我不知道我说了什么 没说什么
because when I walk around, I’m like all over the place I don’t even know what I’ve said, what I didn’t say.
So basically is China safe?
Yes, I think China is
relatively a very safe place if you are tours.
Safety is definitely not something you should be worry about
if you want to come to China.
来吧 来这 这真是一个有趣的地方
Go ahead, come here, it’s a really interesting place to visit.
I feel very comfortable.
Walking around the streets,
as a woman as well,
who stands out
I’ve never experienced any uncomfortable situation.
I walk around with my phone,
everyone here does.
It’s not like dangerous to take out your iphone on the metro or anything.
So as I said, this is something that I really like about living in Shanghai
that I feel so safe and comfortable.
If I’m at the bar with my friends,
and I’m bored and I want to go home which almost never happens
but if it happens,
it’s okay for me to just go out and take a taxi home.
Of course you have to be careful.
So… I’m not telling you that if you come to China,
it’s like… close your eyes and do everything.
No. Of course you have to be careful as everywhere else in the world.
But me as someone who grow up in Poland and Denmark.
which are both relatively quite safe places as well.
Umm, I grow up in Copenhagen which is also a quite safe city.
I feel safer in Shanghai than I feel in Copenhagen.
In Copenhagen, especially in the night life or at night,
I did experience like…
I don’t know…
men making me feel uncomfortable.
Like groups of men like yelling stuff at you.
And you know that kind of situation that never happen to me here,
and it never happen to any of my friends.
And I’ve never
heard anyone else telling me that it happen to them.
But there is one thing that makes China a very very unsafe place.
And that’s traffic.
And you might think that I’m like exaggerating traffic.
就像…… 你知道 像……
Like… you know… like…
But traffic in China is so bad.
Like… if you are comming to China,
you’re crossing the street,
This… the green is light you still need to make sure that you are super careful.
You still need to look around.
People drive here like crazy. And…
It is an actual issue.
It’s actually a big issue here.
When I first moved to China when I was like 19,
我真的很害怕 超级害怕 因为
I was so scared, like I was literally scared, because…
you walk around, and people just…
people just don’t care.
I even heard that in Shanghai, it supposed to be quiet good,
comparing to other places in China,
because there are quite a lot of police,
and especially downtown they are really trying to…
nowadays they are really trying to take care of the situation.
it’s still really bad.
You still have to be extremely extremely careful.
Thank you so much about watching this video.
If you have any questions about safety,
or living in China, or anything else,
let me know. I would love to help you out if I can.
额 好吧 谢谢你们看到末尾
Umm, yeah, thank you for sticking until the end,
and I will see you soon. Bye.
Stop sitting on the stairs.
People already think I’m weird.