Safety Tips

Beijing is generally a very safe city for travelers.  There is no shortage of things to see or do during your visit.  As with any major city, there are tips for being safe while in Beijing.

  • Traffic in Beijing is very heavy.  Unlike many western cities, pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing streets in Beijing.  Cross only at marked crossing areas, and watch traffic carefully.
  • As with any major city, there are pickpockets and people who will attempt to steal from tourists.  You should take care with your bags and personal belongings when exploring.  Keep your cash separate from your wallet and do not leave personal items unattended in public areas.
  • When in your hotel room, do not open the door for strangers.  If someone knocks on your door claiming to be with the hotel, you should feel free to contact the front desk to verify their identity.  Keep your door securely locked when in your room.  Store your personal valuables in the room safe or hotel safe deposit box.  If your hotel does not retain your passport, you should consider storing it in your room safe or a hotel safe deposit box.
  • Avoid wearing your conference badge when not in the conference area. When in the conference areas, you should wear your conference ID at all times.
  • Avoid walking, running, or exploring alone.  Always let a friend or the hotel know when you are going out exploring, and when you plan to return.
  • You should notify your embassy or consulate that you are traveling to a foreign country, including where you will be staying and the length of your visit.  Many countries have web sites where you can register with your embassy.
  • If you have a safety and security issue, you should notify the conference staff.  They will work with the necessary resources to assist you. 
  • Travelers Insurance is strongly recommended for all attendees.  This insurance can be purchased on-line from a number of sources, and is relatively inexpensive.  Please note that your health insurance may not cover medical expenses in foreign countries, and many medical treatment facilities require either up-front payment or permission from a medical insurance company prior to providing treatment.
  • IMPS has compiled comprehensive plans for addressing emergencies on-site.  Please report any security issues to conference staff immediately.