Shanghai is an incredibly safe city, but we do like to remind everyone to be vigilant in busy areas – subways, malls, crowded shopping streets, etc. are all prime areas for pickpockets and thieves. As the video below reminds us all to well, you can be just sitting there playing Angry Birds on your iPad, but someone is watching you and waiting for the perfect time to strike!
It’s actually pretty impressive. So, may want to consider wearing that money belt after all and avoiding that door seat on the subway. Also, please be aware of anyone approaching you in busy tourist areas to practice their English, chat or have you take photos. This is probably the beginning of a common scam, where you’ll be led to a tea house and charged an INSANE amount of money. More info on that here. Again, Shanghai is safe, but it’s best to be aware and to never follow touts.